I have always heard that the Harbor Freight floor jacks are surprisingly good for the money. So, I was interested to see how they fared against more expensive brands like Snap On and ESCO.
In this Project Farm video, Todd tests jacks from Snap On, Daytona, Pittsburgh, Arcan, Black Jack, ESCO, Husky, and Maasdam.
Jacks were tested for maximum lift (at a 3-ton rating), bleed-off under load, rolling resistance while under load, jack handle and jack efficiency under load, handle pressure to lift 3 tons, number of jack strokes to lift vehicle, holding 3,000 pounds for 24 hours, and jack build construction quality.
In the end, the Harbor Freight brands (Pittsburg and Daytona) did test as well as rumored. The brand that, surprisingly, didn’t perform so well was the outrageously priced ($1000) Snap-On jack.
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