The Best Low Profile Jacks | Car Floor Jack Reviews

Morning! Afternoon, evening… I’m Liam, and I’m kinda new here, so be nice! I’m here to tell you about The Best Low Profile Jacks in our Car Floor Jack Reviews 2018.

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Why review, I hear you ask? Well, what if you, for example, needed a car jack, and you got the wrong one? What if it couldn’t lift your Pickup or your Sedan? The results could be catastrophic!

Best Low Profile Jacks Compared

So I’m gonna tell you in my own, impartial words about the specs and capabilities of some of the top brands, which one is the best fit for You, and why.

Best Low Profile Jack 2018 Reviews

1. Arcan XL20 Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack – 2 Ton Capacity

First up, we have this little beauty. I mean, look at that sheen! And the sleek design… I’d have this as an ornament rather than actually using it for anything!

Okay, down to business. This arcan low profile jack is a great little mid-priced jack, compact and strong. It’s slightly on the large side, being around 70lbs in weight, but it’s certainly efficient.

arcan xl20 black low profile steel service jack

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Its Universal joint release mechanism provides precise control up to its maximum lift height of 18 inches, while the safety valve works to prevent overloading. Over-lifting and the 2-ton capacity makes it great for those urgent repairs.

The Arcan complies with the ASME 2009 standards (though the fact that this is advertised rather than implied makes me thing that it only just complies).

So basically, if you’re a weekend repairman who just needs that quick fix, this is more than up to the task. But I wouldn’t be taking it on any track days.

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2. Pro-Lift F-767 Grey Low Profile Floor Jack – 2 Ton Capacity

Now then, now then. At half the price of The Arcan, this just screams budget. Shout it out from the rooftops, why don’t you?! Well, it seems the Pro-Lift F-767 is, in fact, a pretty nifty little piece of kit. I wouldn’t be hanging it on my wall any time soon, but that’s not what you’ll be needing it for. I presume.

Grey Low Profile Floor Jack

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At 30lbs, the Pro-Lift is much lighter than the Arcan, whilst still keeping the 2-ton lifting capacity. The full lifting height is a mighty 4” lower, standing fully erect at 14 inches, BUT with this model, extra low-profile comes as standard, making it easier to get clearance on your low, low riders.

It’s smaller than the Arcan, too, meaning that it’s easier to hide away in a corner where no-one can see its heavy-duty steel frame, but that also means that it’s not likely to reach far enough under your car to get a decent lift.

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3. Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton Heavy Duty Ultra Low Profile Steel Floor Jack

Moving on…Well, this one says it all on the tin! It has a 3-ton lifting capacity, fit for your bigger sedans and SUV’s, more suited to the dads of the world and your big car enthusiasts.

Moderately priced, this ultra low profile jack is a great buy for the more experienced mechanics and tinkerers out there, with its enormous lift height of 19.75 inches.

Heavy Duty Ultra Low Profile Steel Floor Jack

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It’s not the lightest thing in the world, and it would definitely break your wall if you tried to mount it with a weight of 79lbs, but as a car jack it certainly does what it says on the tin.

It’s 28 inches long, so you wouldn’t have to buy four placed at each wheel like you would with the Pro-Lift either, and its compliance with the safety regulations are implied, unlike the Arcan.

Decent lift, moderately priced and durable, this would be perfect for whatever your needs.

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4. Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum 3 Ton Floor Jack

Wow… sleek, aluminium framed 3-ton lift, this isn’t one to be sniffed at. No sir-ee. UNLESS you’re on a lower, or even mid-range budget.

It’s aluminium frame belies the expected weight, standing at a modest 56lbs, making it a little harder to transport than the Pro-Lift, but much easier than both the XL20 and the Pittsburgh.

Aluminum 3 Ton Floor Jack

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It almost matches the Pittsburgh with its maximum lift height at 19.4 inches, and with the weight capacity, BUT it outclasses the competition in many other ways.

The ALJ3T (who comes up with these names…?) is fitted with not only the standard safety features, but it has extra things in place to keep it working and powering away for years to come. Mainly the fact that it has piston dust shields, protecting the hydraulics from contamination, which is a common problem, unfortunately.

You get what you pay for.

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How to choose the Best Low profile jacks?

Price

Seems pretty obvious, right? I mean, we’re not gonna buy something expensive when we don’t have the money, and similarly we’re not gonna go cheap for the sake of going cheap when we can afford something better suited to our needs!

So, here’s Liam’s guide to pricing

Buy the best that you can afford. Don’t scrimp, thinking ‘oh it’s okay, it’ll do the job for now…’. Trust me, it’ll come back to haunt you, and you’ll just end up spending the same amount, or more, in a few months’ time. BUT, do not go all-out if you’re only gonna use it once per year! It’s just pointless!

Lifting Range

Most low profile jacks have a minimum lifting range of around 3.5 inches; just enough to squeeze in, do what you need to do, and get out. But what about the maximum? Why is it important?

Gather round, people. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The higher the maximum lift, the more room you have! But please, please, read the instruction manual before you do so, and please take care when lifting near maximum height. People have died.

Safety Valve

Once again, most products have safety standards to which they must adhere. But you need to be checking what sort of measures each product has in place BEFORE you buy. Contamination and faulty equipment are the top causes of failure and the dropping of cars, and, subsequently, injuries. If you don’t check, well, need I say more?

And what about over-lifting? Failure to lift? Failure to lower? The last thing you want to be doing is cutting the hydraulics cords to let your car down with a crash!

Weight

Consider the purpose of your jack. (Lifting cars, durhhhh…) Are you using it as a travel jack in case a tire blows while you’re out in the middle of nowhere, or is it going to be stored in your garage for your weekend maintenance checks?

Do you really want to be lugging such a heavy piece of kit in and out of your trunk on a race day, or on a long trip? And do you want to want to be using something lightweight and portable on such a regular basis?

Weight is an extremely important thing to consider when buying a car jack, which leads me on to my next point:

Durability

Nice and easy, this one. It all depends on how regularly you’re gonna be using it. Look at the material. Look at all its different valves and contamination prevention features. Is this gonna last you ten years or two months?

All four of the products above seem to be made of nice, sturdy material, but it really does come down to the itty-bitty little caps and bolts!

And one last pointer: your jack SHOULD NOT lift, or lower, too quickly. You can get a decent lift with each pump, and that’s fine, but if it seems to be going too fast, contact your supplier.

Low Profile Jack Safety Concern

As I mentioned before, your jack SHOULD NOT lift, or lower, too quickly. It should not over-lift, or obviously fail to lift or lower. I would strongly recommend that before you use the jack (every time you come to it) you should give it a test without the load, just to make sure that everything is working properly.

Also, for added peace of mind, you can purchase car jack stands to prop your car up once lifted, so you know that you aren’t gonna be crushed in some horrible, freak accident. Safety first, am I right?!

I’ve already mentioned most of the key points of concern in my guide, and short descriptions of the four jacks, but here are a few more things that you’ll need to keep your eye on when you buy, or use ANY low profile car jacks.

  • Even lifting surface
  • Correct equipment (Gloves, eye protection, CORRECT CAPACITY, jack stands)
  • Immobilise your vehicle
  • A piece of plywood or something similar if needed
  • Keep your jack CLEAN
  • Check all nuts, bolts, safety caps etc.
  • Check the space around you. Is it clear of all trip hazards

And, above all else, ALWAYS CHECK THE MANUAL!!!

Final notes

I sincerely hope that this guide has helped you to find The Best Low Profile Jack for you!

But please remember: this has been a guide only. ?Our team at Car Floor Jack Reviews wishes you all the best in your purchase, and use of whatever jack you choose to buy, and hopes that you will always use these in a safe manner.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your thoughts and any comments or feedback that you may have. (And remember, I’m new, so be nice!)

This is Liam, wishing you all a very happy year!

See you soon!

Liam Birkner
 

Hi, I'm Liam. I'm a new-on-the-scene writer who loves anything dark and dangerous. I'm a keen enthusiast in anything mechanical, and for everything else, there's my blog (Liam Birkner: Whiskey and Words on all social media and Wordpress.com) You'll be seeing a lot more of me on here, so get used to this stupid mug!!!!

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