Do you sleep easy knowing your jack is made in China?

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  1. toolmanmike

    toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Ha! That's funny. They always think they are better than everybody else. LOL
     
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    • Gdub310

      Gdub310 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      Off-topic, but they are actually grown in the central valley of California.

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      • moparmat2000

        moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        Still USA though. Good to know.
         
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        Car Nut Mopar Master

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        Mine were made from leftover pressure treated 2x6's, glue and screws. 14"x14"x12" inches high.
         
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        • DentalDart

          DentalDart Well-Known Member

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          Mine are 2x4's and we're cut 14in pieces, so 14x14in and they are 16in high.
           
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            Oldiron440 Well-Known Member

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            I've got a 1 1/2 ton astro jack I bought in 1983, made in china, I bought it before I had my shop and when I did I put it with the Walkers and the air Jack's I had. It got used more because the Walkers were the full frame Jack's and it was faster to grab. It has never given me a problem were the others have. So at 36 years old it's still going strong.
             
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            Thanks for the warning.
            Also.....
            "Cement" is a glue, a bonding agent.
            "Concrete" is the word you should have used.
            Cement is a component of concrete along with sand and rocks.
             
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            • jos51700

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              You shut your whore mouth. I'm an ME, not a CE, and I'll call my composite aggregates as I see fit. :icon_fU:
               
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              mopardude318 Well-Known Member

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              ??????
               
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              • mopowers

                mopowers Well-Known Member

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                ME = mechanical engineer, and CE = chemical engineer???
                 
              • jos51700

                jos51700 Well-Known Member

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                LOL I'm a mechanical engineer (ME) and concrete is the realm of the (ugh) Civil Engineers (CE).

                Yes I know it is concrete and not cement. I call it cement to stir the ire of any CE's in the audience. It needles them.
                 
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                • 72bluNblu

                  72bluNblu FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                  Either way you should know buying a cheap-ass jack that weighs less than 20 lbs and is made of thin gauge steel with a narrow base is a bad idea regardless of where it was made. And that buying a well made jack doesn't necessarily mean buying one made in the US- case in point, the Snap-On jack now being made in China. On that note, has anyone even tried finding a floor jack that was made in the US lately? If Snap-On is repping Chinese made floor jacks, there aren't many options.

                  Yeah, I sleep fine using my 3 ton floor jack from Harbor Freight made in China. It has a wide base for stability, is made from heavy duty steel with welded and reinforced pivot points. I use it as a jack (ie, a lifting device only) and support my car with jackstands whenever I'm underneath. I also use a jack and jackstands that are rated significantly higher than the load I'm supporting, and if I'm planning on spending a significant amount of time underneath it I also support the wheels at one end (at least) with cribbing (wooden blocks) to add an additional area of support in case of a failure.

                  This is all common sense type stuff. I mean seriously, does this look like something you want supporting weight over your head? Everything is stamped, nothing is welded together, none of the pivots are reinforced. The base is super narrow, meaning even if it was solidly built it still wouldn't be very stable. Someone familiar with engineering concepts should be able to understand why this is a terrible design and a poor choice for a tool just by looking at it, regardless of its country of manufacture. The fact that it weighs 19.6 lbs should tell you right off the bat it's not a substantial tool.
                  https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/larin-2-ton-floor-jack/0000000036100
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                  Now look at this- it has a wide base for stability, wide wheels, everything that comes off the main body of the jack is welded onto the body, the front axle tube is welded to the body, the caster supports aren't just stamped steel, all the pivots are gusseted and welded. It weighs 78 lbs, and has an ASME certification. This is a no brainer. Would I rather buy a USA made jack? Yes. But if you look at well made jacks, this is what they look like. I've been using mine for 10+ years, they don't flex, they don't leak, and they get the job done.
                  3 Ton Low Profile Steel Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid PumpĀ®
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                  • my68barracuda

                    my68barracuda Well-Known Member

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                    • Mattax

                      Mattax Just the facts, ma'am FABO Gold Member

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                      I too don't roll under, much less sleep under, any vehicle held up by jack. LOL
                      The reason I bought a US made floor jack was that when I went to Sears to get rebuild parts for one of their floor jacks, they didn't have and couldn't help.
                      Back then this meant a ride into Newark NJ to buy a Lincoln 2 ton.
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                      I got about 20 years of weekend use before it needed a 'rebuilding'. The place I bought it from is still in business but I'm not near there so did it myself.
                      About that time I bought a cheap aluminum jack whose main purpose is to change tires at autocross events. That replaced another 1.5 ton Tiawanese trolley jack that I had been taking to events. The 'race' jack is lighter and the handle has better reach.

                      Lincolns are no longer made in the US.
                      These guys have a brief overview of manufacturing.
                      HYJACKS.COM/FLOOR JACKS BACKGROUND PAGE/H2.HTM
                       
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                      Grown USA.... I think really dunno? Have 8 total
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                      • Hyper_pak

                        Hyper_pak Old School Chrysler Fan

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                        Yea, I got my 40+ year old Sears jack fixed. 40 dollar service kit on the interweb, 8 hours to take it apart, clean it, reassemble and oil it up. No leaks, and lifts like it used too. I hope I get another 40 years out of it, I will be 100 years old!
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