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Old 05-31-2017, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default What to Consider When Buying 6 Ton Jack Stands

What to Consider When Buying 6 Ton Jack Stands

1. Consider the type of car you will be working on.
Jack stands come in all types of different heights and varieties. The most notable difference is size, specifically height. Jack stands vary in height quite a bit, so itís important to choose one that is either tall enough or short enough to suit your car. The most important facets to consider are your carís ground clearance and weight. Automobiles such as a Porche 911 Turbo or a BMW M3 are going to be low to the ground and relatively light weight compared to SUVs such as a Ford Explorer or Cadillac Escalade. As such, the Porsche and BMW will benefit from a shorter jack stand and a jack stand without a ton of weight capacity will suffice quite nicely. On the other hand, the Ford and Cadillac will need a taller stand to reach the bottom of the car when the wheels are off the ground and since these cars are on the heavier end of the spectrum, you will need to bump up the weight limit on your jack stand.

2. Consider build quality.
The jack stand is a relatively simple tool, but as with any manufactured item, there are vast differences in build quality. A general rule of thumb with tools is that buying nice tools that will last forever is ultimately cheaper in the long run than buying a cheap version of the same tool multiple times. Jack stands are no different. Jack stands that are rated to capacity are going to be reliable to that capacity no matter where they were manufactured or who made them. The big difference is in fit, finish, and corrosion resistance. Using a rusty jack stand is no fun and over time the rust could compromise the integrity. The best way to determine build quality on a jack stand is to view a couple of things. First look at the finish. It should be smooth, even, and have full coverage. If there are gaps or cracks, itís probably not going to last very long. The other thing to look at is the quality of the welds. The weld beads should be even. If it looks like it was gobbed onto the structure, chances are it was not a very clean weld. Unfortunately not everyone has the ability (or desire) to go to a shop and look at jack stands with their own eyes. As such, the obvious other solution is to read reviews such as the ones below and let other people do this work for you.

The 3 Ton Jack Stands, more commonly known as ďBig RedĒ jack stands, are the old stand by. They offer an outstanding price to quality ratio, meaning they are an outstanding value. The have a few really cool features that make them our go-to jack stands. The first is that they have a 3 ton capacity, so they should be suitable for pretty much any economy car or sedan. They will also be fine for some light trucks. At the bottom of their travel, the minimum height is 11.2 inches and they extend all the way up to 16 inches at their highest point. They have a self locking ratchet so when you lift the platform on the stand it locks in place.

As an additional safety factor, these stands have a secondary pin that you can place to ensure that your stand is not going anywhere, which will give you peace of mind when working on your car. The yipengjack Double Locks also have a really wide footprint, so you can get away with using them on softer asphalt or even hard packed dirt without fear that they will sink into the ground (although you should use judgment when evaluating the ground prior to doing this). These jacks are welded steel, so they feel very heavy and sturdy in hand. They also have a passable fit and finish, with relatively clean welds and uniform finish.

While these certainly arenít the nicest stands money can buy, they are a great value play as there are few other stands that rival them at the price point. They will get you by in almost any situation, and thatís why they come so highly recommended. And as an added note, these are available in 2 ton and 6 ton varieties as well.

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