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Which 3 ton floor jack is better

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Which 3 ton floor jack is better

I am considering the two floor jacks:

* Costco.ca Arcan 3-ton Professional Grade Hybrid Service Jack $139 https://www.costco.ca/Arcan-3-ton-Profe ... 17470.html
* PrincessAuto 3-ton Low profile Aluminum Floor Jack on sale $199 regular $369 https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8160996e

Seems that the two have the same specifications. Oddly the two have the same weight of 58lb despite that PrincessAuto calls it "Aluminium".

What is your opinion on the two jacks?
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Uh, both call it aluminum because it is aluminum... well, aluminum + steel instead of straight steel
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Go with the cheapest, all things being equal. Btw, wrong forum.
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Many of the aluminum ones are made in the same factory in China, with different colours/brands for different retailers. On a quick look, they seem to be equivalent/the same hard to zoom on the princess pics on mobile, I'd buy whichever is more convenient.

Fwiw, I've found princess always seems to charge a premium for their jacks unless they are on sale.
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Can’t beat the Costco warranty
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Identical, and 30% cheaper, the Costco one is a no brainer. Only disadvantage is that you have to get it shipped, vs. picking up one in-store at Princess Auto.

Sometimes Costco has one in-store as well. It comes and goes and varies by warehouse, but I think it's about $110-120.

There's also this one that's slightly cheaper and the SUV adapter would be handy if you have something higher than a sedan:

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Shows $133 for me, but I think price varies by location due to shipping.
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I just got the arcan and I'm very happy with it. I got a chance to try the Torin black Jack and it is a VERY solid jack plus it has a SUV height extension arm, but lifting it is a back-breaking affair and after experiencing that I agree the weight savings of an aluminum jack are worth the premium. The arcan isn't feather weight, but it is much lighter and easier to carry with the handles on the sides. Weight might not matter to you if it never leaves the garage/driveway, but it will if you store it in the basement or take it with you to help a friend/relative.
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Jul 13th, 2018 10:02 am
Many of the aluminum ones are made in the same factory in China, with different colours/brands for different retailers. On a quick look, they seem to be equivalent/the same hard to zoom on the princess pics on mobile, I'd buy whichever is more convenient.

Fwiw, I've found princess always seems to charge a premium for their jacks unless they are on sale.
I agree, after comparing the arcan jack to the one at CT ($300+, on "sale" sometimes for around $170)) and picture of other aluminum/steel jacks, I am 100% certain they are the same thing just rebranded. Then again these are simple devices so it wouldn't be hard to copy the basic design, but I doubt that's the case.
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