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Best new jack to use

PostPost by: Iyarno » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:06 am

I'm after a new reliable jack which can be stored in the boot and used for light use such as changing wheels.

I know the original type was a scissor jack with a round jacking point attached but these don't seem to be available. The only jack with a suitable jacking point is a bottle jack. These seem OK, but I have a 2-ton which doesn't have enough height, and a 4-ton which doesn't fit until you lift the other side a bit with the 2-ton. Does that make sense? Anyway it's a complete faff and there must be a better solution.

What *new and easily available* jacks are people using?

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PostPost by: worzel » Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:11 am

Hi

I got hold of an as new jack from a scrapped Nissan Micra for £5. To improve stability I had the base of the jack welded to a foot square metal plate (handy for soft ground too).

OK- it's heavy and I have mine securely fastened down in the boot but it sure is a lot safer than some I've seen.

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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:51 pm

I usually use one of these double-scissor type.
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They are very low when down and fit under anything; yet they lift quite high.


I don't know where you can get one though.

This one looks nice, it seems to have an electric motor to do the hard work.
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But the Australian article containing that photo, does not say where you can get one. It is a warning about accidents with car-jacks.


This was on a foreign eBay, but the auction had expired, but it gives more detail of such an electric double-scissor jack.

http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/92705368 ... utton.html


You should be able to find a supplier of almost any kind of jack by choosing & clicking on these pictures.

https://www.google.com/search?q=car+jac ... B591%3B591
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:35 pm

I found these cartoons in my browsing.

http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/c/car_jack.asp
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PostPost by: worzel » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:11 pm

Hi

The Nissan one looks pretty much like the one illustrated. Forgot to add- I made a small wooden pad/block with a recessed part to fit the saddle of the jack. Covered the upper face with thick rubber and this is used under the corner of each sill.

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PostPost by: Paul Chapman » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:22 am

I use a Ford sill jack ( Mk5 Escort ) plus a 10mm ply pad fitted with a strip of 'T-bar' to engage in the slot in the business end of the jack. This has the advantage of all fitting in the rear wing well next to the fuel tank along with a dead blow hammer for removing / refitting the spinners.

I can take no credit for this as it was the idea of a fellow club member.
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PostPost by: gino1 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:12 pm

Hi, I also use a scissor type jack that can be found at the local scrapyards for next to nothing.
I have welded a metal plate on the top to avoid the top part damaging the underside and even penetrating through the floor :?
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