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      10-16-2018, 10:27 AM   #1
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QuickJack 5,000-LB Capacity Portable Car Lift

I've always wanted to get one of these, at this price it's almost too good to pass up! If you're one of the lucky few to have it in your local Costco you can pick it up for $999.99.

Any of you guys have one of these and love or hate them?

https://www.costco.com/QuickJack-5%2...100460313.html

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      10-16-2018, 10:37 AM   #2
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I have the 5000lb SLX. I love it. That said, if you have larger vehicles (even something like the latest Accord) get the EXT, or the platform extension. You'll need it to reach the jack points.

I've lifted a 5300lb X5M with the 5000lb model without issue (other than having to extend the platform a bit to reach the jack points).

$999 is a steal!
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      10-16-2018, 10:48 AM   #3
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A lot of people are worried about the safety of this thing, but I'm not too worried after watching this video:


I wouldn't try to push it's capacity, but it definitely gives me confidence in its engineering.
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the nearest in stock store is 60 miles from me. might be worth the $101 to ship to me.
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the nearest in stock store is 60 miles from me. might be worth the $101 to ship to me.
Yeah for sure, it's not worth that hassle. Looking into it further, it's 3 packages:

Box 1 (84 lbs. / 46 kg)

Box 2 (84 lbs. / 46 kg)

Box 3 (57 lbs. / 26 kg)

Save yourself the trip and your back. Well worth it IMO. Also, if you have a Discover card you can save yourself another 5% on this if you activated the category. So really, the shipping would really only be $50.
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      10-17-2018, 10:52 PM   #6
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Man up and get a real lift.
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A lot of people are worried about the safety of this thing, but I'm not too worried after watching this video:


I wouldn't try to push it's capacity, but it definitely gives me confidence in its engineering.
Don't take that video at face value. Watch the other video they link in it description that shows how they lifted that weight (attaching below). At the 26 second mark, they say they upgraded the hydraulics in that particular lift to support that weight. So all it is really showing is that special equipment can handle special jobs. It is a ridiculous, dangerous marketing ploy.

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Man up and get a real lift.
A 2 or a 4 post lift is always the goal, but I don't have the space for it, nor is it portable and easy to install. Not at least at the current garage. With one of those you can at least store another car underneath.

A MaxJax lift is a viable option, but still don't have the space for it.
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I've got the 5000SLX and I also love it. Its great to have in just a normal garage at the house. Fits the 1-series chassis perfectly, but I do agree that if you have a longer wheelbase car it would be helpful to get the extensions. But for $999 I would say do it!
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Don't take that video at face value. Watch the other video they link in it description that shows how they lifted that weight (attaching below). At the 26 second mark, they say they upgraded the hydraulics in that particular lift to support that weight. So all it is really showing is that special equipment can handle special jobs. It is a ridiculous, dangerous marketing ploy.

You've misinterpreted the videos. Video 1 shows the 5000SLX lifting 5320lbs using the stock 5000SLX hydraulic unit (you can see it in the video). Once the lift is resting on it's safety catches, they load it up with more weight to show the safety factor of the frame and safety catches. The hydraulics have nothing to do with it at that point.

Video 2 shows that when connected to a high pressure hydraulic unit, the 5000SLX hydraulic cylinder/pressure system on the frame can survive lifting 20,500lbs.
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I got a 5000 around 3 years ago and barely use it. Got it because it was my only option since I'm dealing with a low ceiling. It's decent for wheels/tires/brake jobs but nothing a jack and stands won't do at about the same time. It's really tight getting under the car with a creeper. When I do use it, it's mostly for detailing a car where I'm in a more comfortable position.

At it's current price, I think it's worth a try especially when Costco sells it. Don't like it? Return it.

If I had the height, I'd go with either a Max Jack or a full on 10k+ # rated two post.
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A 2 or a 4 post lift is always the goal, but I don't have the space for it, nor is it portable and easy to install. Not at least at the current garage. With one of those you can at least store another car underneath.

A MaxJax lift is a viable option, but still don't have the space for it.
Manufacturers make 2 post lifts for 9 foot ceilings. They are not hard to install. Measure the floor, mark the lines, drill the concrete, stand the posts and bolt to the floor. Hook up the electric power. Rotary now has a 12-volt DC-powered lift that runs off a car battery. We had my lift installed (by the seller's installer tech and me) in about 2 1/2 hours. The point is you only install it once... vs. dragging out two trapezoids every time you want to lift the car.
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Manufacturers make 2 post lifts for 9 foot ceilings. They are not hard to install. Measure the floor, mark the lines, drill the concrete, stand the posts and bolt to the floor. Hook up the electric power. Rotary now has a 12-volt DC-powered lift that runs off a car battery. We had my lift installed (by the seller's installer tech and me) in about 2 1/2 hours. The point is you only install it once... vs. dragging out two trapezoids every time you want to lift the car.
Did the tech take a concrete sample and have the PSI checked?
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Manufacturers make 2 post lifts for 9 foot ceilings. They are not hard to install. Measure the floor, mark the lines, drill the concrete, stand the posts and bolt to the floor. Hook up the electric power. Rotary now has a 12-volt DC-powered lift that runs off a car battery. We had my lift installed (by the seller's installer tech and me) in about 2 1/2 hours. The point is you only install it once... vs. dragging out two trapezoids every time you want to lift the car.
Hmmm. That sounds a lot easier than I initially thought. Very interesting. I’m very hesitant in drilling into the concrete at my current home because it has post tension cables running the length of the slab.
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Manufacturers make 2 post lifts for 9 foot ceilings. They are not hard to install. Measure the floor, mark the lines, drill the concrete, stand the posts and bolt to the floor. Hook up the electric power. Rotary now has a 12-volt DC-powered lift that runs off a car battery. We had my lift installed (by the seller's installer tech and me) in about 2 1/2 hours. The point is you only install it once... vs. dragging out two trapezoids every time you want to lift the car.
Single car garage, but would if there was room.
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Did the tech take a concrete sample and have the PSI checked?
No. There was no need. I built the building the lift went in with 4,000 PSI concrete. The spec for a 10,000 lb. Rotary is min 4.5" at 3,000 PSI. I tend to over-build stuff, so my floor is 12" under the lift and 9" everywhere else, with 1/2 rebar. I built the building with the intention of making an auto shop with a lift, so I spec'd 4,000 PSI. Most concrete floors are made with 3,500 to 4,000 PSI from what I researched at the time.

But if the floor is not up to those specs (4.5" @ 3,000 PSI), you can always cut the floor and pour 2'x2' 12" foundations for the columns. For the price of the Quickjack, I'd get a professional long-saddle floor jack and some ESCO stands. The Quickjack just seems that it'd get in the way for a lot of jobs one would do underneath the car. The setup for the Quickjack seems cumbersome and longer than just lifting an E9X on the center jack points and placing stands underneath the lifting blocks. My opinion of course.
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For the price of the Quickjack, I'd get a professional long-saddle floor jack and some ESCO stands. The Quickjack just seems that it'd get in the way for a lot of jobs one would do underneath the car. The setup for the Quickjack seems cumbersome and longer than just lifting an E9X on the center jack points and placing stands underneath the lifting blocks. My opinion of course.
Are you seeing something im not? it looks like the quick jacks allow for alot of work space under the car, being as how they lift from the jacking points on the side of the car. Are you thinking of a scissor lift? those are completely useless for anything under the car...

Also why does everybody comment on how you have to lug these around? Cant you just leave them in one spot and drive over them into your parking spot? Are they not meant to be driven over on a daily basis?
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I feel this is a better way specially for those who dont have enough space in their garage for posts and such, I know i dont
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there is a long thread elsewhere in the forum about the Quickjack

It's friggin awesome

I've had two post lifts in the past but currently have a garage that's too short for it to fit, so now I use a quickjack.

They're easy to operate, pretty easy to move around and get out of the way when you aren't using them, very safe, and allow me to do all the car work I'd like to do except rod bearings.
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Are you seeing something im not? it looks like the quick jacks allow for alot of work space under the car, being as how they lift from the jacking points on the side of the car. Are you thinking of a scissor lift? those are completely useless for anything under the car...

Also why does everybody comment on how you have to lug these around? Cant you just leave them in one spot and drive over them into your parking spot? Are they not meant to be driven over on a daily basis?

they give plenty of space. I've done multiple full exhaust systems with mine in multiple cars

The two platforms have quick disconnects so you can easily separate the device. I've only done this once or twice, the rest of the time the quickjack sits slightly to the side of my car so I don't have run over them every day -- i don't think they're made be run over


Anyone who says this is similar to jack stands and a jack has absolutely no clue what they're talking about. In AER we have 10 guys and 4 giant jacks and we still take the QuickJack.
Jacking up a car to a proper height is quite dangerous and takes forever to do it right.

Whichever genius thinks this is in the same planet as a jack and stands, please post a video of how you raise your car to the height the QJ raises it in 30 seconds, which is what it takes me with the QJ in complete safety. I sense a Darwin Award coming up soon

In Watkins Glen, a nice big racetrack, the mechanic shop that's on site has the regular quickjack. They use theirs nonstop, for years, and it still works perfectly.
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