This is a low-profile jack, with a 5,000 pound capacity. You're not going to find much in your home garage that you can't lift with this one. The low profile means that you start out with a height of only 3-1/2 inches, which seems to be pretty much standard for low profile jacks. However, it will still lift your load 14 inches off the ground, giving you enough space to get under the vehicle. The handle is relatively short, but gives you enough leverage to make jacking easy. All in all, it's a bargain at this price.
This Torin Low Profile jack is almost the same as the Craftsman I picked as number one. It is also a low profile, with a starting height of 3-1/2 inches and a fully raised height of 14 inches. Jack capacity is equal as well, at 2.5 tons or 5,000 pounds. The major difference is manufacturer and price. Craftsman's unit is a touch cheaper at the time of this writing, gaining it a few points. The other big advantage of Craftsman is the ease of getting replacement parts. I don't know how it would be for this brand, but you can get Craftsman parts very easily. Still, if I didn't have a Sears store nearby, I'd buy this one.
Pittsburgh Automotive is a Harbor Freight brand, mostly used for precision measurement equipment and automotive tools. But as we all know, Harbor Freight carries some of the best deals on tools going. I've actually got one of these jacks myself, and have had very good service from it. This particular jack is styled on the ones used for race cars, making it another low-profile jack. However, it's considerably lighter than the others we've looked at. Made of aluminum, this is a nice jack to be able to throw into the back of the truck and take it off to change your wife's flat tire.
It has the same lift range as the others we've looked at, but in a slightly different package design. However, it's only got a 1-1/2 ton lifting capacity so keep that in mind if you don't want to overload the jack and blow a seal. The other really nice thing about this jack is that it is fast pumping, allowing you to lift any vehicle in about three and a half pumps of the handle, which makes it much faster to work with than the others. That's a nice feature to have, especially when you're in a hurry.
I'm changing direction a bit with this choice; rather than being a low-profile jack, this one is designed to be a high-profile one. For those that drive SUVs and pick-up trucks; that makes it a much better option. The low end on this jack is a full six inches off the ground and it will lift your vehicle up to 21 inches. It does this by providing an extension adapter to go under the saddle. Considering that most trucks and SUVs are higher off the ground, what this does for you is save you from having to use a wood block. While that works, this is safer. The jack is also a little heavier rated at three tons which helps, considering that your typical SUV is a bit heavier than your run of the mill car.
Power Built Tools JF0605, 2 1/2 Ton Safety Locking Floor Jack
PowerBuilt came out with a somewhat unique jack in this model, by providing a safety lock. This allows you to lock the jack into one of three heights, once you've raised the vehicle. Locking is accomplished by a lever on the side of the jack. The idea is that you don't have to use jack stands, as the locked jack can't let down, even if you lose oil pressure. A rather neat idea, which could save some time on your home repair jobs. This is not a low-profile jack (with a low end of 5-3/8 inches) but it has the same lift height of 14 inches that others do. Just for fun, they throw in a set of anti-slip gloves with the jack.
Snap-on YA700B Hydraulic Service Jack
Its the best because this floor jack got all the little things which count. The YA700B from Snap-on has all of those little things at a realistic price. This includes large full-swivel rear wheels plus a 5-3/4 in. saddle, with a replaceable pump and a 40-in. one-piece handle. Heavy duty construction designed for professional use means this floor jack will be with you for a long, long time. A full two-year warranty on a 2-1/2 ton floor jack is best in the industry, and it's made in the USA too. This model meets and exceeds all OSHA, ANSI, and PALD standards.
Milwaukee 20 - 2 Ton Hydraulic Service Jack
The Milwaukie Model 20 by Gustin Hydraulics is what you see in your mind when you think of a rugged floor jack. The Milwaukie Model 20 is made in America, exclusively from American-made components. The Model 20 uses a chrome piston against an O-ring in a steel cylinder rather than plastic seals in the pump. The caster wheels are mounted to a welded shoulder held in place with press fit roll pins. This is the last floor jack you'll ever buy - its like a parrot, it will out live you.
The Hein Warner HW93642 is a legacy - a throwback to an earlier time. It offers a one-piece lifting handle and a low 3-3/4 inch profile. Heavy-duty wheels and axle combine with cast iron lifting arms for a maximum 20 inches of lift. An automatic safety valve prevents overloading, and flanged steel side plates offer durability. The hydraulic pump and components are shielded for longer pump life. The Hein Warner HW93642 is also made in the U.S.A. - always a nice thing.
Arcan's ALJ2T Aluminum Floor Jack is a great product for the home owner or occasional users. Its aluminum frame means at only 54lbs, it is easy to move and carry around. The ALJ2Ts low profile will fit under spaces of 3-1/2 inches. A two-stage quick-lift pump lifts loads up to 19-1/4 inches. It comes complete with a two-piece handle, and carries a 1-year warranty. The Arcan ALJ2T meets all OSHA, ANSI, and PALD standards.
The Sunex 6602ASJ is a lightweight Aluminum Floor Jack weighing in at only 50 lbs. With its quick-lifting system, it's perfect for weekend warriors. An angular positioned pump provides a maximum pump stroke. Overload and bypass systems prevent over-lifting and potential pump damage. The 6602ASJ comes complete with the two-piece handle common to most homeowner garage floor jacks.