Electric Car Jacks: What are they?
The electric car jack is a device used to lift heavy objects such as cars or other vehicles. They have been around since the early days of automobiles, but it wasn’t until the late 1970’s when they really took off in popularity. Today there are many different types of electric car jacks available from simple hand cranked models to fully automatic ones with built in chainsaws! Some electric car jacks even come with accessories like chainsaws, winches, and other tools.
What Makes Them Better than Chains?
One of the main advantages of using an electric car jack over a chain is that they’re much easier to use. You don’t need to worry about having your hands tied behind your back while you work because the battery power will keep them running all day long without any problems. Another advantage is that they don’t require you to carry a chain around all day long. If you run out of juice during the night, just plug in another one and go right back to work!
How Much Does One Cost?
There are several brands of electric car jacks on the market today. Most cost between $300-$500 depending on what features they offer. Hand-cranked models can be found for less than $100, but they typically aren’t as durable and reliable as electric car jacks which is why we don’t carry them.
The History of Car Jacks
The first car jacks were patented in the early 1890’s, but manual hand cranked versions didn’t start appearing in garages until the 1920’s. The first electric car jacks didn’t come out until 1936, but they were very expensive and only a select few garages owned them. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that most garages started using them on a regular basis.
What are the Different Types?
As we said above, there are three major types of electric car jacks: manual, semi-automatic, and fully automatic. Most people will be fine with a semi-automatic, but a manual might be cheaper to buy if you don’t mind cranking it by hand. We offer both types on our site. The major difference between the two is how much effort you need to put in.
Semi-Automatic: These are usually the most popular among garage owners because they’re fairly easy to use. They only require one hand to operate, freeing up your other hand to balance the vehicle. As with any semi-automatic tool, you pull it out of the jack port and it goes back in when you release it.
It can also be locked into place so the jack doesn’t retreat inside the garage bay. Semi-automatic car jacks are great when your hands are full with a heavy part, just let go of the pipe and the jack locks into place. Plus it’s easier to go back and forth between raising and lowering the vehicle with one hand.
Manual: These are a little less common than semi-automatic, but they’re still used by many professionals. You have to use two hands when operating a manual, one to crank and one to support the vehicle, but it can be locked in place once the desired height is reached. People that don’t want to pay as much for an electric jack often go with a manual because they’re significantly cheaper.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The main advantage of using an electric car jack is that you’ll never have to worry about running out of power in the middle of lifting your vehicle. They’re also a little more accurate in terms of height adjustment because the whole system is powered. You can usually get a better range of height adjustments, but some new models have more height than others.
We explain this in each car jack’s product description.
The only major disadvantage is cost. If you have the money to spend on an electric car jack, then you should. They last longer and are easier to use overall.
When Should You Use One?
We recommend using one any time you are raising the vehicle more than a few inches. This is especially true if you don’t have anyone to help you. It also prevents the vehicle from slipping off the jack stands and potentially falling on top of you. Keep in mind, some jacks are better suited for larger vehicles. The models we offer on our site can lift up to 3 tons, which should be more than enough for most people’s projects.
Do You Recommend Buying One?
If you’re looking for a good electric car jack and have the money to spend, we definitely recommend buying one. You won’t regret it and they can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. However, if you’re on a tight budget or just want to try out car lifting before you make a large purchase, a scissor or jack-type floor pump will do the trick. Just make sure it has the ability to inflate high enough for you to slide under your vehicle.
No matter what type of car jack you decide on, just make sure it’s legal where you live and you’re ready to go!
Be sure to check your local and state regulations for the legality of owning a car jack before purchasing one. While they are legal in most places, certain cities and counties have restrictions on them.
Some states allow only a few gallons of gas in a car, prohibiting anyone from owning one. Other states require you to have a specialty license or permit to lift any car more than a few inches off the ground. There are also some states that have no regulations at all.
Be sure to do your research before buying one.
Is It Possible To Purchase One Online?
Yes. Most websites will ship car jacks anywhere in the country as long as the manufacturer’s guidelines are followed. If a website or store refuses to ship one to you, just search for another company that does. You can also buy them at most local auto parts stores.
Remember to be safe when using one of these! If you have any doubts about your ability to use one correctly, please consult a professional.
When all is said and done, car jacks are great tools to have around for maintenance and emergency purposes. You never know when you might need one, so it’s always best to be prepared. The types we mentioned above are the most common and can be used in just about any situation.
Make sure to follow all instructions that come with your purchase and read our buying tips again before making a final decision. Happy lifting!
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