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ONLY WIMPS USE JACK STANDS!

Jack Stand Specs and Prices


In November of 1996 we received an email from a gentleman praising our WebSite along with some comments we had made concerning inexpensive off-shore jacks. He went on to say that his brother-in-law had been recently killed when the link arms of his 'cheapo import jack' broke loose and the car he was underneath crushed him to death.
Our response was that we were, indeed, quite sorry, of course, but we also offered our opinion that the jack was not the only reason the man died - He failed to read and/or follow the little sticker that is now on every floor jack sold: A jack is a lifting device only, once the vehicle is up off the ground it should be held up by appropriate supports. In otherwords - JACK STANDS

It's kind of like seat belts and labels on cigarettes - Sure feels like Big Brother is trying to live our lives for us...
Yet, on the other hand, everyone with half a brain knows it probably IS a smart thing to do...

As for our 'official opinion' - We're not your damnned Mother! Play your life however you want, but here's how we play ours - If we're just doing a quickie brake adjustment or looking for a coolant leak we don't bother with jack stands. But, if we are planning to be under a vehicle to install a starter, change trans fluid or anything else taking more than just a few minutes we DO use them. So, there - Take it or leave it!


(For a couple of 'first person' reasons to use Jack Stands read these stories from California and Missouri...)

TYPES OF JACK STANDS


Standard Professional Quality Jack Stands generally have a welded steel frame with a cast iron saddle. The saddle arm has notches cast into it and can be repositioned up and down by releasing a holding lever and resetting on the next higher or lower notch.
Heavier Duty Jack Stands are somewhat primitive and use a simple steel pin for repositioning the Steel Saddle up or down in increments of from 1 1/2" to 2".

Jack Stand Specs and Prices

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This page updated by Richard J. Tafilaw, July 29, 2013. Online since March 30, 1996

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