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Old 12-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #15
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Again, I offer observations about floor vs bottle jack ...

Bottle jacks are harder to move in and out under a vehicle and they require more space between the floor and the bottom of the vehicle for clearance. You can't even begin to fit a bottle jack under most average size vehicles as there isn't enough room under the frame.

Also, as you raise a vehicle up there is movement since the vehicle raises in an arc motion. A bottle jack is stationary and therefore it could result in the vehicle slipping off of the lift point or the jack tipping. Floor jacks often have wheels and can slide to prevent any movement.

Add to this that floor jacks have longer handles allowing for faster jacking action and that they generally have a larger range of motion (a 5" tall floor jack might have 15" or more of lifting height for example)... it just seems they are better for working on vehicles.

Bottle jacks have their purposes - but it is generally on heavier equipment or stationary uses such as raising a building or acting as temporary support for a structure. Floor jacks are just better and more efficient for working on the average vehicle, so that is likely why you tend to see more of them in garages.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:14 PM   #16
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8 ton bottle jack

With a flat on the road I have used the orange Legos to get one wheel off the ground. Handy as the trailer is hooked up to the truck.
After being hooked up in our spot last August, I noticed a screw stuck in the tread of one tire. The bottle jack was just the ticket for changing the tire while hooked up in a grass spot.


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Old 12-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #17
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Just looked. Mine is a 12 ton. Fits in the front corner of the truck bed.


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Bottle jacks give more lift for the dollar and space. The draw back is they are less stable than other jack types. And on un-surfaced roadways the bottle jack has a bigger disadvantage in stability. However a flat piece of ply-wood under the bottle jack can help.

Typically a bottle jack will fit under almost any trailer so this becomes a common usage. Vehicles especially fuel efficient cars that sit low to the ground a bottle jack is not usable for that scenario.

Multi-axle trailers almost never need any jack as rolling one axle/tire set on a small ramp is the typical solution. (as mentioned above)

So one solution does not apply to every vehicle on every surface. Using the correct lifting device correctly in the situation will go along way to taking care of your baby.

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I carry a drive up trailer jack to lift the opposing axle off the ground. I also carry a 12T bottle jack in case I need a jack.
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For single axle trailers I wonder if there's a heavy-duty one of these available? See pictures and web site link below.

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That device is for round tube not square tube axles.


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That device is for round tube not square tube axles.
I thought the same thing and it's certainly demonstrated on a round tube axle. Their web site indicates it works on square tubes too. Regardless, it seems to be for lightweight trailers.
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I like that scissor jack. When placed under the axle mounting plate, does the handle extend far enough past the tires to make lifting relatively easy?
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Lots of ways to do this, but if your TV is a pickup or heavier SUV, please take a serious look at the jack you already are carrying. Is it strong enough? consider is was built to lift one wheel with a load in the bed. I know I mentioned this before. So in reality for me, I'm carrying two pickup truck jacks from a 1 ton and my own 3/4 ton TV. And they have done double duty and been used for fine tuning the leveling.
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10 ton bottle jack, if too tall, drive up on a block of wood, why keep trying to invent the wheel and the floor jack is best left in the shop on the floor...
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10 ton bottle jack, if too tall, drive up on a block of wood, why keep trying to invent the wheel and the floor jack is best left in the shop on the floor...

Keep it simple, I use a 12 ton bottle Jack on my 34 footer and use wood blocks for height adjustments
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