Looking for the best floor jack for the workshop, but you don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We will give you an unbiased & honest opinion of which ones we think are the best.
To a degree, your choice of floor jack may be dictated by your car. Sure, you could spend $1,000 on one from a well-known retailer like Snap-On, but do you need a thousand dollar floor jack? Doubtful.
I use mine on a smooth, hard floor surface, so the size of the wheels isn’t that important to me. However, if the floor isn’t smooth, you’ll need something with slightly larger wheels. Same for weight. Swinging a heavy-weight floor jack around a smooth floor isn’t problematic, but if you try to do the same in your yard or driveway you may run into issues.
Another important question is “how much weight can it lift?” A lightweight racing jack will bust its seals just looking at something like a Caddy Escalade. Even using some decent jack stands, your safety has to come first.
The Best Floor Jack
Another great product from Arcan, only this time, it’s all-aluminum (the chassis) and weighs around 56 lbs. – pretty lightweight compared to some of the others here. It’s similar to my everyday jack in my workshop, aside from the fact that mine came from Snap-On and cost about three times as much.
The Arcan ALJ3T has a reinforced lift arm for added strength and chassis rigidity. It’s another double-pumper with a dual-piston for fast lifting. Range goes from 3.6″ to 19.4″. It has all the built-in safety that you’d want or need. The 3-ton lift capacity is more than enough for your everyday job.
- Rating: 4.5 / 5
- Brand: Pittsburgh Automotive
This one is labeled as an ‘ultra’ low profile jack. However, it isn’t any lower than the Arcan version. But, it does have an extra 1 ton capacity (max. 3 ton) over the XL2T. The cost of that is a shorter chassis so it won’t reach as far.
It has a rapid pump facility, which is just another way of saying a dual piston. Its top height is 19.75″ and takes around 6 full pumps of the handle. It’s made from steel and heavy-duty – 74 lbs. in weight.
It also has excellent control through the release mechanism – nice and gradual without any sudden drops. It’s got the safety features that are fitted to most floor jacks. This is what you need from a professional floor jack.
This is our favorite choice in the list. It has the lowest entry point at just 2.75″. Its long reach helps to give it the 24″ height. That’s higher than anything else here. The chassis is 32″ long, and it’s flat for a good part of that. Many of the competing jacks have a low entry point but then rise sharply halfway along, which doesn’t really help anything.
It’s dual-piston, also known as a dual pump. It’s quick to operate – reaching full height in around 7 full pumps, and the release mechanism is slow and controllable. This should help to avoid your car just ‘dropping’ when the jack is released.
The Arcan XL2T also has a relief valve for overload protection. The chassis is all steel which is both good and bad. It’s strong, but it’s heavy – around 90 lbs. in total. So, swinging it around underneath a vehicle will take some strength.
Another heavy-duty jack, which weighs in at a hefty 85 lbs. in weight. It’s a deal for heavier jobs and commercial use. It’s got an excellent range of 5.5″ minimum height up to 22″ maximum working height.
A 3.5-ton capacity should be enough for all but the biggest of vehicles. However, if you’re looking to use this commercially, you’re probably looking at one on both sides of the vehicle, giving you a capacity of 7 tons. You won’t need more than that!
The usual safety measures are built-in. It’s got a bypass device and safety valve, so you can’t over-work it in any way. It comes with a 1-year warranty. Similar to the XL2T, and due to its weight, I wouldn’t recommend this for the driveway. Trying to swing it around underneath a vehicle on anything less than smooth is going to be awkward.
The low profile jack from Performance Tool has a flanged steel frame, which should bring it an extra bit of rigidity, along with capable of lifting vehicles 7,000 lbs. A useful range of 4″ to 20.5″ should allow it to work with pretty much anything apart from the lowest of low riders.
I like the fact that the frame is longer than standard, but the sharp incline about 2/3 of the way up the body may not mean that the low profile is as low as you think. It’s fine for lifting when the jacking point is close to the edge of the vehicle, but you may not be able to slide it right underneath the car.
Another dual piston / quick action jack, it’s built tough and would look great in any workshop, professional or home-mechanic.
This is an everyday worker with no special features. But, as the saying goes, “it does exactly what it says on the tin”. It’s great for the occasional oil change, tire rotations, or changing winter snow tires.
An entry height of 3.5″, rising up to just 14″ thanks to its short reach, and it will hold 2 tons. Pro-Lift says that it has a patented bypass device that prevents over pumping. Like all the others here, it also has a safety valve built-in. With heavy-duty steel construction, this tool will cope with some daily abuse, despite being the cheapest car jack here.
The Powerbuilt 620422E is a bit of an oddity in style, almost a cross between a moto-x stand and a jack. but, it’s this patented design that allows it to work with most of your everyday vehicles – car, SUV, motorbike, ATVs – anything within the weight limit. The saddle is removable, which then gives an almost square frame to lift against.
Another neat touch is that it can be locked in place once raised. It uses a steel bar (supplied) that slots through some holes in the chassis, making it completely secure, without fail. This jack also has built-in tie-down loops attached to the rear of the jack. So, when you’re lifting a bike you can securely strap it down so it doesn’t move. A very minor detail, but well thought out.
Minimum height isn’t that minimum – very nearly 6″, and it will raise to just over 17″. If you’re looking for something that will work with a variety of vehicles, this is the one.
The Big Red seems to be a great service jack. it’s fairly basic. It does come with an added feature that none of the other jacks do. It’s got a removable extension to sit on the saddle. With the extension fitted, the minimum height is 9″. That gives it a really quick and simple way to switch between a standard entry height or something for a taller vehicle.
Without the extension, the range goes from just under 6″ to 17.25″. It has the usual safety features, including overload and over the pump. But, where the Big Red scores well are the controllability when releasing it. It’s nice and smooth.
A 3-ton capacity is enough for most jobs and the red powder coating seems pretty hard wearing and durable. A great workaday jack.
A floor jack is intended to be used as a device to lift a vehicle ready for jack stands. It’s not used to support the vehicle for sustained periods, but the Powerbuilt does have that facility. It can be locked in place. Once you’ve lifted the vehicle to the required height, you should use jack stands to support it.
Adding a little extra height to the jack is possible with the use of wood or specialist lifting blocks. You should never use things like building bricks as these have a tendency to crack or crumble. That could risk your life.
Always use the floor jack on a level surface. Try and get the car as level as possible to avoid it trying to roll one way or another. Even if it can’t roll off the jack, the very sight of a car plus jack rolling around can be unnerving (at best). Remember that a car is very heavy. It could potentially crush you and kill you.