OT: Garage gurus. Alternatives to jack stands and rhino ramps...

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Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 8:41am

Question for garage gurus....

I hate using jack stands all the time to hoist a car. And while Rhino Ramps are good for some things, sometimes I need the wheels off rendering them useless in those cases.

I entertained the idea of putting in a real car lift inside the garage, but there isn't enough ceiling clearance for that. Sort of moving to another house, any other alternatives?

Anyone have any experience with something like this "quick jack"...

http://www.flyinmiata.com/Store/images/Q...

Pros:
*It's small, lightweight and portable (sort of...collapes to 3" height
*Seems like it would provide about 20" of clearance for jobs such as dropping a transmission or clutch,etc,etc,etc

Cons:
*Not sure how sturdy it would be..
*Limited to 3500lbs or less, which would satisfy most of my cars I would be working on except the CUV (which I can crawl under anyway) and the large sedan which I haven't decided whether I would deal with that myself.

Thoughts?

Need to decide by Jan 31 (it's on sale :))

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 28, 2015 - 10:05am.

How much ?

Seems like you could do that with bricks and a good floor jack lol.

Also seems like you need a compressor, or does it come with a hydraulic pump?

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 10:34am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
How much ?

Seems like you could do that with bricks and a good floor jack lol.

Also seems like you need a compressor, or does it come with a hydraulic pump?

about $1000, and it comes with either an 110V AC pump or a 12V driven pump

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 28, 2015 - 11:21am.

Hmm tough call,

If you are going to use it a lot (say once every 3-6 months) then maybe.

If I get rich someday I would like to install a lift in the yard then build a garage around it, but I live out in the middle of nowhere so I could get away with that LOL.

I don't use it enough to justify it otherwise.

I am cheap so I would go with the $100.00 floor jack I already have and bricks (I would use it maybe once every 2-3 years).

Submitted by Hobie on January 28, 2015 - 1:36pm.

You come to a point in your life where convenience is worth a premium! This is it! Go for it. My only beef is limited clearance between the wheels. Sliding yourself in sidewise is blocked by lift. They do make a higher cap version but is heavy. Is that outrigger for lateral stability or a handle to move the unit? Seems like a good locking bar for safety.

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 3:25pm.

Hobie wrote:
You come to a point in your life where convenience is worth a premium! This is it! Go for it. My only beef is limited clearance between the wheels. Sliding yourself in sidewise is blocked by lift. They do make a higher cap version but is heavy. Is that outrigger for lateral stability or a handle to move the unit? Seems like a good locking bar for safety.

Agreed. The other one is the one sold by harbor freight. But that one just looks unstable and would limit what you could do underneath the car....This specific picture looks like an elephant on a table...

http://www.harborfreight.com/6000-lb-cap...

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 3:33pm.

I'm thinking I might need this for the following projects

On the Audi:
1a) Drop the axles and differentials to fix seal leaks that dealers want $500 in labor for (at least)
1b) Flush and replace the transmission fluid and filter $250 labor at the stealer

On the Miata:
2a) Drop the rear subframe to replace the rear differential with one that is a limited slip differential. Probably $250-300 labor
2b) Might be useful for the supercharger I'm scheduled to put in, especially if I'm going to be taking off the header ($$$$ for install)
2c) Flush the transmission fluid $100 labor
2d) Maybe replace exhaust downpipe ($100 labor??)

(I'm trying to convince myself this way pay itself off after these projects)

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 28, 2015 - 3:37pm.

The good thing about blocks is you can put them at an angle to make them fairly stable, and they won't suddenly deflate on you LOL. (seriously I have seen that happen, it's does not end well if someone is under it).

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 28, 2015 - 3:39pm.

flu wrote:

(I'm trying to convince myself this way pay itself off after these projects)

Yea that's my issue, I have to pass it by the wife first LOL.

Submitted by Hobie on January 28, 2015 - 3:43pm.

I am a fan of some HF tools, I would not get under that one. Quick Jack makes a 5k version. http://www.bendpak.com/Shop-Equipment/Qu...

GarageJournal.com forum is a good place to discuss tools. Very manly site!

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 3:56pm.

Hobie wrote:
I am a fan of some HF tools, I would not get under that one. Quick Jack makes a 5k version. http://www.bendpak.com/Shop-Equipment/Qu...

GarageJournal.com forum is a good place to discuss tools. Very manly site!

I think i will go troll the GarageJournal.com site then. Thanks for the tip!

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 3:56pm.

The-Shoveler wrote:
The good thing about blocks is you can put them at an angle to make them fairly stable, and they won't suddenly deflate on you LOL. (seriously I have seen that happen, it's does not end well if someone is under it).

I've see the really cool foam based ramps...
http://www.carid.com/race-ramps/sport-ra...

Submitted by The-Shoveler on January 28, 2015 - 4:43pm.

flu wrote:
The-Shoveler wrote:
The good thing about blocks is you can put them at an angle to make them fairly stable, and they won't suddenly deflate on you LOL. (seriously I have seen that happen, it's does not end well if someone is under it).

I've see the really cool foam based ramps...
http://www.carid.com/race-ramps/sport-ramps-mpn-rr-40.html?gclid=CjwKEAiArqKmBRCOj_qfmuqinnYSJAAkAYwG-_2Khi-O9mSzvexpuolV2YYQQs71ZxKwP5XSfxLX1xoCVUvw_wcB

I have used blocks and never had a problem but I have been told not to use cinder blocks.

Submitted by svelte on January 28, 2015 - 9:40pm.

I don't know. I doubt I would crawl under the car if only hydraulics were keeping it from crushing me. I would still use jack stands even if I used the Quick Jack to get it into the air.

No auto repair is worth risk of severe injury or death to me.

Submitted by Coronita on January 28, 2015 - 11:00pm.

svelte wrote:
I don't know. I doubt I would crawl under the car if only hydraulics were keeping it from crushing me. I would still use jack stands even if I used the Quick Jack to get it into the air.

No auto repair is worth risk of severe injury or death to me.

Interesting... Do they make 20" jack stands?

Submitted by creechrr on January 29, 2015 - 6:08pm.

I keep thinking about getting one of these:

http://www.maxjaxusa.com/

Features:
6,000 lbs. Lifting Capacity, Industrial Grade Hydraulic Cylinders, Fully Adjustable Lift Arm

and it's available through Costco:

http://www.costco.com/Dannmar-MaxJax%E2%...

Submitted by svelte on January 30, 2015 - 11:35am.

flu wrote:
svelte wrote:
I don't know. I doubt I would crawl under the car if only hydraulics were keeping it from crushing me. I would still use jack stands even if I used the Quick Jack to get it into the air.

No auto repair is worth risk of severe injury or death to me.

Interesting... Do they make 20" jack stands?

Lots of them on the market. Google "tall jack stands"

I mean, even floor jacks are hydraulic and we throw jack stands under a car when using those.

Submitted by Coronita on January 30, 2015 - 12:24pm.

svelte wrote:
flu wrote:
svelte wrote:
I don't know. I doubt I would crawl under the car if only hydraulics were keeping it from crushing me. I would still use jack stands even if I used the Quick Jack to get it into the air.

No auto repair is worth risk of severe injury or death to me.

Interesting... Do they make 20" jack stands?

Lots of them on the market. Google "tall jack stands"

I mean, even floor jacks are hydraulic and we throw jack stands under a car when using those.

Good point.

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