3 Best Floor Jacks for Safe Car Maintenance and Repair

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Working under a car or truck is not the time to wonder just how safe you are with the front of your 5,000 pound SUV being held up by the cheap scissor-type jack that was in the trunk.

If you ever do any work on your car or truck, a good quality hydraulic floor jack is a must. Even though all floor jacks have the same purpose, there are big differences in safety and performance.

When looking to buy a floor jack, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. How much weight do you need it to lift? What’s the maximum height you will need it to reach? How portable do you need it to be?

With so many models to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down the options so we’ve done that for you. Below are what we believe to be the three best floor jacks your money can buy. Both 2 and 3 ton models are represented depending on your vehicle type.

NOTE: Never get under a vehicle on your creeper with only the floor jack holding it up. Always use jack stands to support the weight.

Floor Jack Reviews

#1 – Arcan ALJ3T 3-Ton Floor Jack

Extremely well-built, the Arcan is a professional quality, 3-ton aluminum low profile jack that can go where others don’t.

With its 3-3/4 inch to 19-1/8 inch lift range, it’s great for lowered imports and sports cars to pickups and SUVs.

The fast lift speed is on par with the Powerzone below, but requires even less effort to use. It uses dual pump pistons to achieve this. Those with small, tight garages can simply use one half of the 2-piece handle and still lift with ease.

Combine with a good lug wrench and you can swap your summer and winter tires at home in minutes.

Descent is slow and easily controlled. Since the ALJ3T is made from mostly aluminum and has side handles, you’ll have any easier time storing or lifting it and putting it in your trunk if needed.

The Arcan ALJ3T is perfect for do-it-yourself mechanics and enthusiasts. A little more spendy than the Powerzone, it’s worth every penny.

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#2 – Arcan XL2T 2-Ton Low Profile Floor Jack

Let’s talk about low profile and lift range. This Arcan (yes we like the brand) gets under cars that other floor jacks can’t.

With a minimum height of only 2.75 inches to a maximum of 24 inches, it has both an ultra low profile and extra high lift height for a jack.

This is all possible due to the 32-inch chassis. Also featuring a dual pump, lifting your vehicle is quick and easy. The XL2T is a favorite of BMW, Mazda, Mini Cooper, and even Porsche enthusiasts.

The impressive low profile and lift range does come with a corresponding negative… weight. Because of the long chassis and the fact it’s made of steel, this Arcan weighs in at over 90 lbs.

Fortunately, it’s easy to maneuver for its size but there’s definitely a difference between this and an aluminum jack. Also, because of the length, storage space may be an issue for some.

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#3 – Powerzone 380044 3-Ton Floor Jack

The #1 selling Powerzone is a 3-ton aluminum and steel floor jack that would look great in anyone’s garage. While the lightweight aluminum frame saves some weight, the heavy duty steel lift arm along with the rest of the made-to-last construction make the 380044 weigh in at just under 60 pounds.

This aluminum/steel hybrid model gives you the same portability and ease of use as an aluminum jack but at a lower price.

Lift range is from a low 4 inches all the way to 18-1/4 inches. The long handle and dual hydraulics mean you can jack your car up almost effortlessly in about 6 pumps. Give the handle a slow twist to bring it back down slow and smooth with an easily controlled decent.

If you’re thinking about getting a Craftsman from Sears, save yourself some money and get a lighter, better, and more durable garage floor jack instead.

While the 4″ minimum lift height may be fine for most cars, you may need to instead consider the Arcan above or another low profile floor jack if you have a very low profile car.

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9 thoughts on “3 Best Floor Jacks for Safe Car Maintenance and Repair”

  1. I retired and bought a 1951 international harvest pickup. The frame is 18 inches from the ground, the truck has leaf springs so the axles will drop. I need at least 26 inches of lift from the floor jack. This a hobby and I am married, so I have to keep cost down. Any Idea?

    • Use a floor jack with a piece of 4×4 wood on top, jack up the truck from under the axle, so no axle drop. use tall jack stands. if still not high enough, let down the jack and use a larger block of lumber.

  2. It’s funny that the super low profile Arcan (your #2 pick) is what I use for my truck which needs a good lift height. This jack goes up to 24 inches which is a lot more than most jacks.

    • I once owned their Pittsburgh 3-ton standard jack. It worked (no leaks) but was a chore to use (handle wouldn’t stay in place when rolling, creaked when pumping, HEAVY). After upgrading to an Arcan, I wouldn’t want to go back. I hear HF’s newer Daytona line is better but then you’re at Arcan’s price point.


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