The last thing that a DIY mechanic wants to do is to risk their life by jacking up their vehicle and then hoping the car jack will hold onto the car. That’s why every professional mechanic reiterates over and over again the importance of using the best jack stands available. Anytime you’re working underneath your vehicle, or even just changing a tire, you want to make sure that you use a stand to hold up the vehicle. And a quality one, for that matter. To help our readers choose a set of jack stands that will help them work more safely, we’ve decided to review some of the best ones available.
Quick Summary of Jack Stands
Pro-Lift T-6906D Double-Pin 6-Ton Stand
Even though some people might be tempted to buy budget jack stands to save a buck or two, no one should hang their lives on a cheap piece of junk. That’s why we’ve decided to place these jack stands at the top of our list. These stands are manufactured using high-quality stamped steel that’s capable of holding up to a 6-ton capacity. That means that it can hold up to 12,000 pounds of weight per stand, which is more than enough to meet the needs of most people. That makes these jacks a good choice for use at home or professional garages, on the farm, or at the shop.
The next thing that we liked about these quality jack stands is that they’re made with a cast ductile iron ratchet bar and a double lock mechanism with a mobility pin and handle locks. These jacks also feature a height-adjustable mechanism that allows the consumer to move it smoothly upward to adjust it as it’s needed for the vehicle. It’s also worth mentioning that these stands don’t just meet our standards, but they meet and/or exceed the standards set forth by both ANSI and PALD standards.
Because we’re stringent about the standards we hold products we review to, we looked and looked for some negative features about this product but we couldn’t find any. We think that this is one of the more solid sets of jack stands that we’ve yet to find anywhere. The maximum height of this jack is 23.5-inches and it has bottom corners that have been reinforced. This is a product that consumers can put their trust in and use them without worrying if they’re going to fail them at the moment they need them the most. Everything considered we think that this is a great product worth considering by all of our readers.
- It has a 6-ton weight capacity.
- It’s made out of high-quality stamped steel.
- It has a durable double-lock mechanism.
- It meets and/or exceeds ANSI standards for strength.
Big Red Torin Steel Double Locking 6-Ton Stands
These jack-stands from Big Red are our next pick on this list. We’ve decided to list these stands as our next choice for several important reasons. One, these stands are made out of heavy-duty steel that’s been industrially welded and can support up to 6 tons—or about 12,000 pounds of weight. They also have a lifting range of 15-3/8-inches to 23-13/16-inches and have a saddle with a larger surface area that prevents a lot of weight from being concentrated on one small part of the vehicle’s frame. It also has a wide pyramid style foot base that delivers extra stability when the user needs it most.
We would also like to state that these jack stands to adhere to ASME standards. This is a standard that has been applied to a variety of products and shows that the products adhere to one of the highest engineering standards. And that alone should make consumers more confident when they’re using these stands to hold up their vehicle so they can work underneath it or change a tire. It’s also easy to use thanks to its dual-purpose handle that can not only be used to carry the stand but can also be used to release the stand’s saddle.
And this is a stand that’s made by a company that’s been making quality products since 1968. That is something else that should give consumers a lot of confidence. It’s for all of these reasons why we’ve decided to list these stands as our number two choice for this list. We believe that these stands will hold up to the test of time and give the consumer many years of safe, faithful service. Of course, that’s our opinion, but it is an opinion that consumers should consider. After all, these are well-built jack stands that seem to be thoughtfully engineered from the ground-up.
- This model has a locking support pin.
- It has a 6-ton maximum capacity.
- It has a wide support base.
- It meets ASME safety standards.
Performance Tool Yellow 6-Ton Heavy-Duty Stands
The final set of jack stands that we’d like to review are from a company known as Performance Tool. These stands are not only designed to hold up to 6-tons of weight, but they also come in a bright yellow color that makes it stand out from the crowd. This bright yellow just doesn’t make it easy to see, however. It’s also a tough enamel coating that helps to protect the sturdy durable steel that makes up these jack’s frame. Now let’s take a look at some of its measurements and find out what makes this jack stands a tool that consumers might want to have in their garage.
The next thing that we’d like to discuss is this product’s lift range. These stands have a lift range of approximately 15.5-inches to 23.5-inches, so it’s easy to see how it will work well for a variety of different vehicles. Like the other stands we’ve reviewed, this model has a ratchet-style design that’s easy to use so the consumer doesn’t have to spend a lot of time fiddling with it while they’re trying to hold up the side of their vehicle.
If there was one problem that we had with these stands, it was their price point. Even though they are about as strong as other jack stands that we’ve reviewed, and don’t have as many features as our first two reviewed jack stands, it costs a little more than these other stands. And it’s for that reason that we’ve decided to move this jack stands down to the number three position. While they’re bright and nice-looking, they do have a higher price tag. With that said, it’s still a nice set of jack stands that some people might be interested in checking out.
- They have a maximum weight capacity of 6-tons.
- They have a lift range of 15.5 to 23.5-inches.
- They’re brightly colored so they’re easy to see.
- They have a heavy-duty enamel finish.
- They cost a little more than other models.
A Buyer’s Guide To Jack Stands
It’s absolutely vital when lifting up your vehicle for tire changes or routine maintenance that you take all of the proper precautions that you need to in order to do it safely. And the one precaution that everyone can take is to use the best jack stands for holding their vehicle in place. All they have to do is make sure they buy ones that are well-made and capable of performing the job the consumer needs them to perform.
In order for a person to find the jack stands they need, they’re going to have to understand some basic facts about these tools and to consider a few basic features. While jack stands might all look the same, there are significant differences between some of them, so it’s up to the consumer to think about these things beforehand to ensure that they purchase a set of stands worthy of the price they pay for them.
Step One: Think About The Vehicle Being Jacked Up
The first step to choosing the right jack stands for your needs is to consider the vehicle that you’re jacking up. There are vehicles with extremely low clearance, vehicles that have high under-body clearance, and those that fall in the middle. The size of the vehicle is also going to make a difference. Someone who is jacking up a Nissan Versa isn’t going to need the same weight capacity out of their jack stand the way that a person jacking up a Chevy Impala is going to need. Most jack stands commonly available are either 2-ton, 4-ton, or 6-ton models.
Step Two: Consider The Materials Used
The next thing that you’re going to want to think about is what the jack stand is made from. Most of the modern jack stands are made either from high-quality steel or aluminum. Both of these are great materials, but aluminum tends to be lighter—although aluminum ones are usually more expensive. As far as corrosion resistance goes, aluminum ones won’t ever rust, but steel ones might if their protective coating has been rubbed off over time.
Step Three: Consider The Design Of The Lock
Most jack stands use either a ratchet-style locking mechanism or a pin-in-hole locking mechanism. Although both of these locks are stable, we tend to prefer the pin-in-hole varieties the most, but that’s just our preference. Some manufacturers have begun to introduce jack stands that use a combination of different locks for added security and convenience.
Step Four: Think About Lift Height
Even the best jack stands won’t do you any good if they don’t hold the vehicle high enough and that’s why it’s important for the consumer to think about lift height. The jack stand should be able to hold the vehicle high enough off the ground so that you can work on it but do it without compromising safety.
Step Five: Think About The Base Width
The last thing that you’re going to want to think about before buying a new pair of jack stands is the width of the jack stand’s base. The base of the stands should be wide enough to promote stability but not so wide as to get in the way of the work that needs to be done.
Some Tips On Jack Stand Safety
Now that we’ve covered not only the best jack stands available, but also want to look for when buying new stands for your garage, it’s now time to turn our attention to some of the things that you should think about when using your new stands. After all, it doesn’t matter how safe a pair of jack stands are, they can still become unsafe if they aren’t properly used.
Step One: Place The Stands On Level Stable Ground
Before jacking up your vehicle, you should make sure that the vehicle is one stable, even ground. The same thing goes for the jack stands. They should be on even ground and the car should be jacked up and then slowly placed on the jack stands.
Step Two: Use Wheel Chocks
If you’re raising the back end of your vehicle, make sure that you use tire wedges or chocks in front of and behind the wheels to secure it.
Step Three: Be Sure To Engage Locks On The Jack Stand
The next step is to place the safety pin in the jack stand if the model that you’re using does indeed have a safety locking mechanism. Of course, if it doesn’t, then you can skip this step.