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Old 06-03-2005, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

How big of a floor jack do I need to carry to change a flat on my PSD?
Will a 1.5 ton do it? I can find about a 17lb aluminum one for around $50.00

I have a 4 ton in my shop that weighs 90 lbs but don't want to carry it around.........
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

Whats wrong with the one that comes with the truck?
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

OEM jack is not the best in the world
How about a nice hydraulic bottle jack?
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

when i travel i carry a 3ton floor jack. i used the factory one once and a semi went by at 75mph, they truck swayed and WAM! it came off of the stupid little thing. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img] scared the sh@t out of me. i take the handle off of the floor jack and stick it in my tool box, jack fits right under the box so its out of the way
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

I hate to say it but Chevy has the best jack. It's a sissor type with a ratchet handle. I saw one a few years ago and went to the Chevy dealer and ordered one for a one ton. I've used it several times since then (6 years ago) and have carried it in my tool box ever since. The nice thing about it is it will fit under the rear axle with a flat and hold w/o any problem. The ratchet and long handle allows you to slide it under w/o getting under the truck too. It folds up very flat and fits almost anywhere. I'm sure you can find them at a junk yard now. They are the best jack around, just don't tell the Chevy people I said so.
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

The one that comes with the truck is junk. I also need one that I can use with my flatbed and stock trailers.
I know that the 6.0 weighs around 1000#, so I figure that a 1.5 or 2 ton should work ok.
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

I have a 3 ton and it strains on the front.
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

bottle jack, blocks for the wheels, only lift one tire at a time.

Also, bring a piece of 12x12" plywood if you go off road (base for the bottle jack)
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

a 1 1/2 is worhless except for rear end when it empty.
i carry 2 8t bottles [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

I picked up a 20-ton bottle jack at Sam's Club for about 19 bucks and carry it new-in-the-box behind the rear seat.

I don't have much confidence in the factory jack, it doesn't look very sturdy.

In the garage I have a 7-ton floor jack for the truck and a 2-ton floor jack for the sports cars. I wouldn't even think of trying to use the 2-ton on the truck.

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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

I carry a 3 ton floor jack and a 6 ton bottle jack, and a Hi-Lift jack. I also carry wood for a base if needed, plus 12 ton jack stands.
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

If you ever have to change a tire in a muddy barrow ditch in a rainstorm, then you'll swear to never be caught without enough jack again.

So I have the stock Ford jack behind the back seat. And a 3-ton hydraulic bottle jack in the toolbox. AND a 3.5-ton floor jack in the bed. Plus a piece of 2'x3'x3/4" plywood to use as a base if I wind up in a muddy barrow ditch again.

I also have one of those itty bitty 2-ton floor jacks in the barn, but it's for itty bitty cars - not for PSDs.

Yep, that 3.5-ton floor jack is a handfull for an old man to load, unload, and use. But it sure beats not having it with me if I need it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img]
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Re: How big of a floor jack do I need to carry?

The biggest problem with bottle jacks is you have a heck of a time getting them under the axle when the tire is flat. That's why I went with the sissor jack setup. Plus, with the extension and ratchet end, it's a piece of cake to jack up the truck. I also carry a 1" hunk of plywood and it will slide under the axle with the sissor jack. I use Velcro to hold the jack on the plywood and push it under the axle with the extension rod. If you've never seen a Chevy sissor jack, you should give it a look. It works and works great.
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