The local Harbor Freight store was having a sale. Amongst other things, they had their aluminum racing jack for $55 (regularly $100). It was a really huge sale that I’m happy to have heard about. I walked out with a trunk full of stuff and a new jack to replace my 5 year old one.
Or so I thought.
I thought something was off when I could easily pick up the (very small) jack box with one hand and carry it around the store with me. It’s a light jack, but not that light. When I got home and opened the box, I found this little thing. Isn’t it cute? Like my jack had a puppy or something.
It’s at least 20% smaller than the original. Both are rated at 3000 lbs lifting capacity. Both are aluminum. Both were bought at Harbor Freight. The new one is 23 lbs. The old one is 39 lbs. The old one has a 3.5″ minimum height, the new one has a 3.125″ minimum lifting height.
A little research on the Harbor Freight website revealed that the new one is the “3000 lb lightweight aluminum racing jack” and my old one is a little closer to the “Rapid PumpÂ® 3000 Lb. Capacity Lightweight Aluminum Racing Jack” and yet my old one is heavier than the current Rapid Pump model by a good 4 lbs. So…. who knows.
And why does all this matter? The little, new one doesn’t seem quite as capable as the bigger, old one. Both fit under Sharka after I drive up on a 2×4. Call me crazy, but I like a bigger jack. It feels a little more capable. It works a little better. Alas, I didn’t read up on the possibility of a new, tiny model and I got surprised when I opened it. On the plus side, the tiny one is way easier to fit in my trunk. It’ll make tire changes at autocrosses a little easier than the bigger one.
I guess the blue one can stay.