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#2463028 - 03/08/18 09:08 AM Transmission Jack
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I'm going to pull the pin and buy a telescoping transmission jack. It looks like what's out there falls into two general groups, 1) units that are cheap and probably will be in the scrap heap in under a year and 2)units that are really good but I will have to sell my firstborn to own. What are you guys using and how happy are you with what you have? Thanks!
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#2463046 - 03/08/18 09:50 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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#2463048 - 03/08/18 09:53 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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My FiL has one of these he uses. No complaints from the little bit I've helped him.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200641383_200641383

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#2463093 - 03/08/18 11:15 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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Have 10 ft ceiling and drive on 4 post so I got a 2 stage from a place off of I 55 and Kedzie. Listed stuff on craigs alot. 190.00 and does the job but is a bit cheap. Solid jack but has small annoyances.

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#2463170 - 03/08/18 01:57 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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I used this for a perfect fit in my vintage Sears jack:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYG4VQT/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

$52.99 and you don't have 2 jacks taking up space. It worked well.

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#2463176 - 03/08/18 02:06 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: wally426ci]
ScottSmith_Harms Offline
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I recently bought a Gray, expensive but worth it, awesome in every way.


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#2463244 - 03/08/18 03:47 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: ScottSmith_Harms]
6PakBee Offline
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Originally Posted By ScottSmith_Harms
I recently bought a Gray, expensive but worth it, awesome in every way.


Now that's a jack. But the air drive and other bells and whistles just price it out of my reach. The best price I found was around $2K. Wish they made a stripper version, I like the made in USA feature.
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#2463452 - 03/08/18 09:15 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
justinp61 Offline
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I've had this one for three years with no issues.

https://www.amazon.com/Goplus-Stage-Hydr...+jack&psc=1

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#2463457 - 03/08/18 09:22 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: ScottSmith_Harms]
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Originally Posted By ScottSmith_Harms
I recently bought a Gray, expensive but worth it, awesome in every way.

I have 2 of these , they are worth it..
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#2463472 - 03/08/18 09:38 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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I have seen customers spend 3/4 of the price of the Gray Jack on A "quality Chinese" Jack.

A few months later they had issues with the manual foot pump, the air driven pump still worked. There were large metal particles stopping the pilot check from sealing. They were removed. A year later the same failure slightly out of warranty but no one will touch a Chinese jack.

It took a week to receive a "service manual" and a couple more days to receive a marked up,pdf with circles and arrows though no useful hydraulic schematic was produced.

The valving was a pretty nicely designed integrated valve multi pump arrangement, with a ton of cross drilling and assembly plugs though none were marked.

The manufacturer admitted there were no service parts in North America.

My 3 cents on the subject.

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#2463919 - 03/09/18 04:34 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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Is the Gray Jack really $2k?
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#2463973 - 03/09/18 05:39 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: tallzag]
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#2463985 - 03/09/18 05:54 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 70Challengerse]
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Yep 2 g's but worth it IMO. I never knew how much Id use it until I started using my lift for various repairs (not just for transmissions), SUPER handy and smooth to use, infinately adjustable with a multitude of available fixturing arms and such available for specific work. Transmissions, rear ends, suspension parts, etc.

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#2464068 - 03/09/18 07:37 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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Bought a northern tool jack for about 300 and it’s worked fine for two years.

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#2464103 - 03/09/18 09:12 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: fastmark]
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I don't know ? $499 at Harbor Freight ....... shruggy whistling

and it's 2200 Lb. capacity......... eek


https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive...jack-33884.html

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#2464168 - 03/10/18 01:41 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
69Dartman Offline
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I always use a floor jack to drop them then rent a trans jack to put it back in. Would be nice to have one around as it makes RnR so much easier no matter which type you get. I may get one someday just because even though I haven't done one in years. The head unit that screws onto a big floor jack might be a good alternative for low buck driveway mechanics like me.
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#2464213 - 03/10/18 08:07 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: kidmopar]
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Originally Posted By kidmopar
I don't know ? $499 at Harbor Freight ....... shruggy whistling

and it's 2200 Lb. capacity......... eek


https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive...jack-33884.html


my friend gave me one of these. will be selling at the spring mopar swap at fox view lanes CHEAP.
it works fine but the problem is doesn't go high enough. with a car on a hoist it's about 8" to short.
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#2464236 - 03/10/18 09:19 AM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
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Originally Posted By 6PakBee
It looks like what's out there falls into two general groups,
1) units that are cheap.

2)units that I will have to sell my firstborn to own.


Don't forget category
3) Home made and practically free.

I rented one of the unit 1) jacks a long time ago.
It did the job but I was NOT very impressed.
So I made my own out of a 3/8ths inch plate with a pin on the bottom that fit into my floor jack and 4 adjustable fingers on top. It grabs the oil pan and has enough slop to adjust into position...
Takes up a small bit of space hanging on the wall.
I have been using it since the early '90s.
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#2464376 - 03/10/18 02:51 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: 6PakBee]
justinp61 Offline
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Before I got my lift I welded a pin that will fit in my floor jack to a piece of 1/4" plate, it worked fine for several years. After having a lift there was no way I was going to lay on the floor to change a transmission. The jack in the link I posted has worked perfect for three years. For a hobbyist it's a fine jack.

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#2468358 - 03/18/18 09:08 PM Re: Transmission Jack [Re: justinp61]
6PakBee Offline
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Well, I made up my mind and bought one. I know that some won't agree with my choice but:

1) It was in my price range.
2) It is made in Taiwan, not China
3) Seal kits are readily available and inexpensive (~$40)

https://www.grainger.com/product/WESTWARD-Hydraulic-Transmission-Lift-5ML72
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