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Old 05-05-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Harbor Freight jack stands

I'm looking to buy some 12 ton jack stands. Harbor Freight has them in stock locally. My normal tool place does not and I would like to get them this weekend. Any feedback on quality of the HF stands?

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
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I use jackstands under my front axle when I change oil and xmission fluids.

I use Sears jackstands.

I wouldn't trust my life with the harbor freight stands.
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Just a heads-up - the quoted capacity in the HF catalog is for BOTH stands together. I looked at HF and I think I'll go with NAPA, although they're more expensive. I don't have to do a 90-mile round trip to get to NAPA!
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I think I would look for a much higher quality jack stand.
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My guess would be the "higher quality jack stand" mentioned is also (probably) built in China and of the same or similar quality to the Harbor Freight ones. Just my opinion, no factual basis but a WAG.
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Regardless of where they were made, I'd look at the overall design and quality of the jackstands. Just because they are sold at HF doesn't mean they aren't plenty good to accomplish your task. Run a search on the brand and model to see what others have to say about them!
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I'm going to assume that you will run the frame up using the leveling system and then place the jack stand under the axle and lower the levelers until the weight is on the stand. I'm also going to assume that you will leave the levelers "bumped" to the ground.

So what's the problem?
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I'm going to assume that you will run the frame up using the leveling system and then place the jack stand under the axle and lower the levelers until the weight is on the stand. I'm also going to assume that you will leave the levelers "bumped" to the ground.

So what's the problem?
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I have used a pair of 3ton harbor freight jack stands for years without problem. If you use them properly, and on firm level ground, you willl be fine.

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I'm looking to buy some 12 ton jack stands. Harbor Freight has them in stock locally. My normal tool place does not and I would like to get them this weekend. Any feedback on quality of the HF stands?
I am happy with the HF 12 ton stands. I used them under the rear of my F-53 (11,000 lbs) and left the rear jacks down slightly. They seem plenty big enough, beefy and sturdy. I wouldn't use any stands with a lesser rating on a MH.
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My guess would be the "higher quality jack stand" mentioned is also (probably) built in China and of the same or similar quality to the Harbor Freight ones. Just my opinion, no factual basis but a WAG.
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I'm going to assume that you will run the frame up using the leveling system and then place the jack stand under the axle and lower the levelers until the weight is on the stand. I'm also going to assume that you will leave the levelers "bumped" to the ground.

So what's the problem?
X2

I would still take a hard look at the construction before crawling under the rig, just to be safe
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Thanks for the inputs fellas.
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FWIW here is a discussion about Jack Stands you may find helpful.

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