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Another lesson I learned out at the race track was why aluminum jacks are a big deal.  I’ve always maintained that nobody carries around a floor jack, so why does it need to be super-light or have a bunch of handles on it?  This is why.

I couldn’t count how many crew members were walking around with a jack slung under their arm.  These guys carried them wherever the car went and even went over the wall with them.  I could see why shaving a few pounds would make a difference when seconds count on the track.

It’s foolish, but I just never put it together before.  We must also point out that this is a super-effective way to carry a jack.  We tried it when we got back, and it really does spread the load and allow good movement if you’re in a hurry.

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4 Responses to How To Carry A Jack The NASCAR Way

  1. I would like to get an aluminum jack. I do carry my jack from time to time. Not every car I work on can come to me. So it is necessary to put it in the back of my truck. The jack is a 2.5 ton Sears model that I have had for almost 20 years.

  2. KMR says:

    The HF aluminum jacks work great, we have three in the shop. I bought one six years ago and it sees use every day in the shop and gets hauled to the track for use April through Sept. They hold up well, they lift quickly, they’re light… all I’ve had to do on one of them was top it up with fluid and bleed the cylinder.

    I’ve carried jacks like they do in the photo above, but find it a bit uncomfortable. The HF jack handle is held in place by a small knurled screw that is easy to spin out in a second or two. That breaks the jack down into two easy to carry pieces, the jack has two saddle handles built in as well. Makes for a much more balanced walk when carrying the jack to have a piece in each hand.

  3. Toolaremia says:

    As I’ve mentioned before, if everybody at the race track starts showing up with a new tool, it’s got to be worth it. Everybody I know switched to Harbor Fright [sic] AL jacks years ago for the very reason that we haul them back and forth to the track from March through November (longer track season here, KMR ;). Lifting a 30 lb jack is way better than a 90 lb steel Craftsman, and still better than the 20 lb mini-jack I used to use that isn’t low enough and can’t lift high enough.

    I did, however, remove the side handles because they make it harder to pack, harder to store, and can interfere with jack stands. I’m also not jumping over any pit walls with it for hot tire changes.

    More recently, people have been replacing the HF with a similar one from Costco that has the handle securing knob on the bottom of the handle base so it doesn’t interfere with low-rider bodywork. HF carries it now too, and only for an extra $20. Search for SKU 92782.

  4. Toolaremia says:

    Blog swallowed my link. When i said “mentioned before”, I meant this:

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