The best rolling jacks

Nordberg N32032

Low clearance car? Then not every jack will do, but the three-ton Nordberg will be able to crawl under the thresholds if there is at least 75 mm from them to the ground due to its “low profile”. At the same time, he can raise the car quite in an adult way — up to 500 mm, and with a small number of strokes.

The trick is simple: a two-rod mechanism is used here, which made it possible to make the jack fast in operation, but not requiring excessive effort. They did not spare any metal for the body: the assembled jack weighs 34 kilograms. A safety valve is provided — there is no risk of squeezing out the seals during overload. To raise the “paw”, you can use both the handle, if there is enough space around, and the pedal, if the work is being done in a cramped garage. And for passenger cars, the pedal is really enough.

Of the shortcomings, we can only point out a non-critical, although at a not the lowest price and unpleasant — the absence of a lining on the lever, it is a “bare” metal pipe, which is fastened with a bolt during assembly and is not quickly removed. So let it be «China», but «correct».

Main advantages:

  • Ability to lift vehicles with low ground clearance
  • Decent lift height
  • lifting speed
  • Reliability and durability
Minuses:
  • No padding on the handle

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The jack is good — it crawls under any car without any problems, it lifts easily. The front wheels look weak due to their size, but there were no real problems with them.

Nordberg N3203

If an extremely low pick-up height is not needed, then you can get by with another three-ton truck from Nordberg. He already needs at least 133 mm from the thresholds to the floor with a maximum lift height of 465 mm. The mechanism is also two-stroke. But the overlay on the handle is not forgotten here!

In terms of reliability, the rolling jack N3203 is in no way inferior to the N32032, and, if anything, the kit immediately includes a hydraulic repair kit: if something happens, you don’t have to waste time searching. The lifting speed is no worse than that of the «low-profile» model — and why would they, if their design is essentially the same, which is clear even from the markings of the models. It’s just that this model is taller and shorter (because of which it has become more agile — taking into account the preservation of all other pluses for a car weighing 2-3 tons with normal clearance, such a rolling jack will be even more interesting).

Main advantages:

  • Reliability
  • lifting speed
  • Ease of use
  • The presence of a repair kit in the delivery set
Minuses:
  • Soft pad

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best rolling jack for a garage, it seems not “purely professional”, but the quality is very, very even — much better than slag for several thousand, although also China.

Sorokin HobbyLine 3.520

The HobbyLine 3.520 jack has not failed the reputation of the Sorokin brand of garage tools, well-known among auto mechanics — this compact rolling jack with a lifting capacity of 2 tons will become a convenient and practical tool for car repair and maintenance.

The lifting height of 125 mm allows this jack to be used in the repair of most passenger cars, with the exception of extremely low ones. The maximum platform lift is 300 mm. The tubular handle is easy to remove and has an ergonomic shape, for easy carrying, a handle is provided. The jack itself is not so heavy for its class: 6.5 kg.

Unfortunately, the jack does not have a rubber pad: the manufacturer offers to buy it separately, which looks a little strange, given that the jack needs it anyway. Considering that the original Sorokin thrust bearing costs only 99 rubles, the price of a jack with it would increase slightly.

Main advantages:

  • Compact dimensions with good load capacity.
  • Low ride height.
  • Rigid lever design.
Minuses:
  • Relatively low lifting height.
  • No kickstand included.
Models in the line:
  • Sorokin HobbyLine 3.520

    — 2 t, 125/300 mm

  • Sorokin HobbyLine 3.533
    — 3 t, 140/430 mm
  • and etc.

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

An inexpensive and space-saving car jack from a reputable brand is perhaps the best definition.

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Ombra OHT225C

Our rating of the best is continued by a rather interesting small-sized rolling jack for a garage, developing a force of up to 2.5 tons with a pickup height of 140 mm and a lift height of 387 mm, but it is worth upgrading a little after purchase — put a thicker thrust bearing, here it protrudes a little above the steel heel (offered by the manufacturer, the “thick” heel is 20 mm higher). But we note a very useful feature — the presence of a safety finger that goes into the grooves on the «paw» in several positions of its rise. To enable or disable the safety stop, just turn the rubberized handle on the side of the jack. For safety concerns, we will put a jack plus.

The jack weighs a little over 14 kg — of course, these are not the «indestructible» Nordbergs, in which they have become twice as large, but Ombra’s strength is enough to work with cars, and it is easier to carry the jack around the garage or box — the benefit and the carrying handle on it there is.

To lower the jack, you will have to pull out the handle and turn the pressure relief screw with it, as on bottle jacks. Of course, it is more convenient to do this by turning the handle itself, as on professional rolling jacks, but let’s not forget about the price.

Main advantages:

  • Good reliability
  • Presence of a safety lock
  • Case included
Minuses:
  • Small working stroke

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It is convenient to work in the garage — it does not take up much space, plus there is a stopper — which is why I chose it in the first place within my budget.

The best bottle jacks

Kraftool Double Ram 43463-4

In the ranking of the best bottle jacks, Kraftool Double Ram 43463-4 takes the first position. The two-rod jack was able to fit into a height of 170 mm sufficient for many passenger cars with a lifting height of 420 mm, developing a force of up to 4 tons — quite a convenient budget option. True, the manufacturer clearly sought to compress the vertical dimension with all his might — even the pressure release screw is embedded in the very sole of the jack, which is why it is not always convenient to use it. If something is placed under the platform, then the total height will inevitably increase. The head of the screw itself is with a pin protruding in both directions, which normally engages with the slots of the handle, and not with the usual flats for cheap jacks. On the one hand, this is a plus (those who tried to loosen or tighten the pressure relief screw with the flattened flats of a pipe that flared over time will understand), but just these pins can rest against the floor or asphalt. On the ground, fortunately, there are no problems — it is soft.

Most of all, Kraftool is let down by the lottery quality — however, this is what the guarantee is for, and in principle this is typical for «state employees». If the jack does not immediately leak (which most likely indicates incorrect installation of the seals during assembly), then it will serve normally.

Main advantages:

  • Small by the standards of «bottle» pickup height
  • Sufficient, but not excessive (which would make the handle swing for a very long time) lifting force
Minuses:
  • Reset screw too low

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I bought it for a crossover, so I can put a board under the jack without any problems — it’s much more convenient to release pressure.

Autoprofi DG-08

Let’s clarify right away: if the clearance of your car is less than 200 mm, this jack will not suit you. But the owners of crossovers and SUVs will appreciate how easily this jack will lift their car — after all, the estimated maximum load of 8 tons is sufficient even for a loaded Gazelle. It is also good as a working cylinder of a homemade press. The maximum lifting height of this jack is 400 mm.

In operation, the DG-08 shows itself well, although it belongs to the budget class: high-quality processing of the hydraulic cylinder eliminates premature wear of the cuffs, and the safety valve prevents them from being squeezed out during overload. You can only find fault with the metal heel — in order not to damage the paint or anti-corrosion coating, you will have to select linings.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price.
  • Good load capacity.
Minuses:
  • Uncomfortable descent (however, this is typical for most of these jacks).

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

“With a bang” raises any traveling truck of category “C” of the same Gazelle type, oil does not leak in the heat, which is what many cheap jacks get sick of.

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Matrix 50756

The inexpensive single-rod «five-tonner» is quite popular, so its weaknesses are well known. And they are traditional for budget hydraulic jacks — the jack will either leak “from new” or will work fine, and the flattened reset screw, unscrewed and tightened by the flattened end of the handle tube, is still too much a budget solution. In general, for its price, it is not bad, the main thing is to try on its capabilities for your car: like other compact single-rod models, it has a fairly large pickup height (200 mm) and a short stroke of the rod (185 mm — respectively, we get a lift height of 385 mm ). What to do: for a greater lifting height, you already need to use a telescopic two-rod design.

Main advantages:

  • Convenient storage case
  • Good load capacity
Minuses:
  • Not the best pressure relief screw design
  • Lottery Quality

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

«Gazelle» raises, although the stroke of the rod, to be honest, turns out back to back. But you can work.

Bison 43060-12

The ability to lift a load of up to 12 tons has become both a plus and a minus of this jack: on the one hand, it lifts even heavy cars easily, on the other hand, you have to do too many swings for this: the laws of hydraulics are inexorable. The pick-up height here is also not the smallest: with a clearance of less than 230 mm, the use of this jack is impossible. The maximum lifting height is 465 mm.

The jack is most convenient for heavy work, it is not in vain that it comes with an extension for the lever. The same lever is used to lower the car down, putting the flattened side on the flats of the fluid bleeding screw. Of course, given the low price of the jack, this solution can be called a tribute to cost reduction, but this does not add practicality: the flattened tube will expand over time and begin to grip the screw head worse.

Main advantages:

  • High load capacity.
  • Enviable mechanical strength.
Minuses:
  • Big weight.
  • Not the best choice of pressure release design.
Models in the line:
  • Bison 43060-12
    — maximum load capacity 12 t, maximum lifting height 467 mm
  • Bison 43060-10
    — 10 t, 460 mm
  • Bison 43060-6
    — 6 t, 415 mm
  • Bison 43060-4
    — 4 t, 374 mm
  • and etc.

8.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best choice for an UAZ driver is an inexpensive and easy-to-lift car jack, which is also a powerful press.

The best rhombic jacks

Airline AJ-R-02

This jack is one of the most affordable and common in car dealerships, but its popularity is based not only on this: the model turned out to be the most versatile, allowing you to crawl even under cars with 95 mm (!) ground clearance, for which every lifting of the car becomes a quest for engineering ingenuity . The maximum lift height is 400mm, which is more than enough to remove a wheel on most vehicles, including crossovers. The carrying capacity declared by the manufacturer is 2 tons, so that the owners of the vast majority of city cars have a solid margin of safety.

Let’s continue about the pleasant: despite the budget price, the manufacturer did not stint on installing a rubber cushion on the jack support, ensuring that the owners did not damage the paintwork on the jacking zones of the threshold amplifiers. Alas, more expensive jacks often flaunt a simple iron platform with a groove for the rib of the amplifier, which quickly scratches the paint. The convenience of storage is also not forgotten: by removing the handle, the car jack can be stored in the bag that comes with it.

Main advantages:

  • Low height when folded.
  • Good margin of safety and stability.
Minuses:
  • The rubber cushion is not firmly fixed — slipping under the edge of the threshold amplifier, it may begin to peel off at the edges.

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It is difficult to judge the resource — I use a jack only when changing a set of wheels. But for three years he did not let me down, is stable, and the rest of the time does not take up much space in the trunk.

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AVS JA-2000R

The folding handle is, of course, a plus for ease of storage, but also two minuses for ease of operation: the “poker” of rhombic jacks inserted into the eye itself is not an example of ergonomics, here one more “degree of freedom” is added, and without that redundant. Yes, and this does not affect the strength of the handle in the best way: despite the indicated load capacity of the jack of 2 tons, there are considerable chances to break the handle already by one and a half. However, if the jack is bought to replace an already broken one, you will already have a handle, and in general, there is traditionally room for “piling” behind an affordable price. By itself, the jack holds the two declared tons normally, with a margin, so you can hope for a resource.

The pickup height is almost standard — 120 mm, as well as the lift height (413 mm. In fact — 410). The platform is rubberized, so you can not be afraid of the rapids. For transportation, a simple, but not frankly bad case is included in the kit. We summarize: if this jack had a normal handle, it would have received more points in the rating.

Main advantages:

  • Good margin of safety
  • Rubberized platform
Minuses:
  • Really bad pen

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The poker is uncomfortable. And so it’s quite a working option — the same “Priora” is lifted by a jack without problems.

ZUBR Master 43040-2 (2 tons)

«There was such an artist in the Renaissance — Michelangelo, so he said that beauty is when there is nothing superfluous.» Why do we remember this? In addition, the Zubr jack was clearly not designed by Michelangelo: the designer’s “superfluous” was not at all the extra rubberized platform and the overlay on the handle — there is bare metal all around. Moreover, this cannot be justified by a price reduction — the Zubr is somewhat more expensive than the same AVS, where the platform does not spoil the paint, and the pen, although unsuccessful, has a plastic rotating “pattern”. Oh, and yes — there is no cover either.

Otherwise, it is a typical representative of its class with a lift height of 395 mm and a minimum height of 120 mm. If this jack had cost less, such a simplification of the design and configuration could still be understood — otherwise, alas, we will cut the rating with a clear conscience.

Main advantages:

  • Good durability
Minuses:
  • There are no pads on the platform and handles
  • There is no storage case

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It seems to be durable, does not creak. In a regular niche in the trunk got out normally.

Autoprofi DV-15R

In general, this jack differs slightly from the Airline product, but still loses to it in terms of aggregate points. Firstly, the declared carrying capacity is only 1.5 tons, which hints either at lower quality materials, or at the manufacturer’s desire to play it safe. Secondly, the stroke of the rhombus has been reduced: if at a height of 95 mm when folded, the Airline can rise up to 400 mm, then the 100 mm Autoprofi — only up to 390. It would seem a trifle — but these millimeters are often not enough to tear off the ground wheel or get under the threshold of a flat tire.

In terms of storage convenience, this jack also lost: the manufacturer refused to add a bag to the delivery set. However, it is impossible not to notice that, on the other hand, a better rubberized platform is used here, which partially equalizes the chances of both jacks for purchase.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price and prevalence in stores.
  • Rubberized heel.
Minuses:
  • Not the strongest screw, prone to rapid wear under high loads.

9.0
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The jack is purely light. Somehow, out of necessity, they had to lift a heavy car on a pile of stands — the experiment was unsuccessful, there is not much margin of safety here …

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The best rack jacks

Bison 43045-3-070

Due to its mechanical strength and affordable price, this «hijack» has become one of the favorite tools among fans of off-road riding. With a load capacity of 3 tons, it is able to raise the emphasis to a height of up to 700 mm: even for a solidly lifted all-terrain vehicle, this is a decent height, but if this is not enough, there are jack models with a lift of up to 110 cm. The stepping mechanism used here is quite reliable and unpretentious to cleanliness (which is especially important given the working conditions of such car jacks), and a long lever with a comfortable handle makes it easier to lift the car. The presence of the upper hook allows not only to lift the car with this jack, but also to use it as a powerful winch, although the solid weight (more than 10 kg) does not add convenience to this application.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price.
  • Simplicity and indestructibility.
Minuses:
  • Typical rack jacks are heavy and long.
Models in the line:
  • Bison 43045-3-070
    — maximum load capacity 3 t, maximum lifting height 660 mm
  • Bison 43045-3-110
    — 3 t, 1050 mm
  • Bison 43045-3-135
    — 3 t, 1330 mm

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Departure «in the mud» without a hijack is the lot of beginners or those who like to run behind a tractor. «Zubr» is the best car jack, it fulfills its price with interest.

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