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Everyone needs a floor jack.  Seriously.  When our favorite cheapo floor jack in the shop went out recently, it was off to the races to find another before the stores closed.  Had we checked we first — instead of just charging off to the closest stores — we would have found the Companion 2-ton floor jack from Sears.

It’s about what you’d expect from a 2-ton jack: small and no frills.  It does fit the bill in the wallet department, though.  A whopping $16 will get you a four thousand pound, 5.5″ lift with a swivel saddle.

Yeah, it’s not the heaviest duty or best looking jack we’ve seen.  But at $16, who cares.  Caution: do not stare directly into the blue for fear of retina damage.  Learn from our shopping mistake: if you need an uber-cheap rig and Sears is close by (and open) take them up on it.  We paid $30 for ours.  Ouch!

Companion 2 ton Floor Jack [Sears]
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7 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: 2-Ton Floor Jack

  1. Abe says:

    Think about this. Do you really want to lift something that is worth as much as your car/truck with something that costs $16? This is one area where spending a few bucks can save a ton (on in this case 2 tons) of frustration.

  2. eschoendorff says:

    What Abe said. Those little trolley jacks are scary. Had one fail on me when i was under a 3000 lb Corvette. Good thing I was using jackstands….

  3. MikeR says:

    This would be ideal for a track day. Small and light and has a handle.

  4. Craig says:

    Just to point out, this isn’t a 5.5″ lift jack, that would suck. This is a jack that is 5.5″ tall when closed, and 14″ when the jack is fully extended.

  5. Chuck Cage says:

    Abe/Eschoendorff: Just as an aside, I would never consider getting under a vehicle supported by a jack alone — any jack. As you guys point out, this is good advice for anyone, regardless of the price of their jack.

    That said, I’ve been through a couple of these “cheap” jacks without too much trouble. The one Sean mentioned failed in the classic way — simply refusing to lift — a failure probably due to degradation in the seals. I had another cheapie that lasted almost 17 years before finally failing in the same way.

    It’s nice to have a $250 aluminum low-boy jack around the shop, but sometimes it pays to have a couple of ’em — including one you won’t mind getting dirty or beating up a bit. That’s where these come in really handy.

  6. Teacher says:

    A buddy of mine got one of these to use on his riding lawn mowers. Works great in that capacity.

  7. Jason says:

    Had one of these for about 5 years. It does exactly what a jack should do (raise a car to be set on jackstands) with no fuss. For $16, you can’t go wrong.

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