How do I choose a hydraulic jack?
How do I choose a hydraulic jack?

What should I look for in a hydraulic jack?

To find the right jack, compare the number of strokes and maximum height for each hydraulic jack you are considering. In order to do that, check the number of steps the piston has: The more there are, the higher each stroke will lift the jack.

How big of a hydraulic jack do I need?

For most simple jobs, a 2-ton jack will work; however, investing in one with more capability is never a bad idea. The selected jack's ideal capacity should reach about three quarters of the vehicle's overall weight. More often than not, weight ratings are indicated on a sticker located in the driver's side door jam.

What weight rating jack do I need?

Our rule of thumb is that a floor jack needs to be rated for at least three-quarters of a vehicle's gross weight. So, according to our rule, a one-and-a-half-ton (3,000-pound) jack could lift a car that weighs as much as 4,000 pounds — or two mothers-in-law.