Harbor freight jackstands, UNSAFE!!!!!!!!!

Started by Rickf1985, August 10, 2016, 07:07 PM

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I got a call from a representative of Harbor Freight since I also sent them an email. Amazing, they told me that they have NO record of anything like this happening so they are not going to worry about it. And by the way, my stands are out of warranty so I am out of luck. I told him "No problem, I am just going to give the pictures to the Consumer Affairs people, Consumer Reports so they can do their own safety inspection on them, and my lawyer. As he started to apologize I hung up on him. The said lawyer is actually a friend of mine and lives for this kind of stuff. I could never afford to hire him! I had no intention of doing anything with it but this guys flippant attitude was just off the charts. NOW they have a record of something like this happening, WITH pictures. What are you going to do? wait for the next time when someone dies? Screw them!


I have caused those "locomotive jacks" to be brought out on occasion! :-[
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I fully agree on the blocks but do you realize how many blocks it takes to crib up a rear end? Plus by the time you get all that cribbing in there then you have no room to work on what you needed to get to. One of my jobs was a heavy equipment mover and rigger so we regularly had to jack up and move pieces of equipment the size of a couple Winnebagos and weighing 50-60 TONs! Our main supports were blocks of hardwood. Some of those blocks of wood were older than me! How many of you OLDER guys have ever used those old mechanical locomotive jacks? Working with that kind of stuff you learn a great respect for safety. And I still have all ten fingers. ;) Well, a couple are a little bent. W%


6x6 PT wood blocks are much more reliable in my opinion.
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Quote from: circleD on August 10, 2016, 10:32 PM
I have some of those and I don't feel completely safe when using them. I might sell them to recoup some of my money. Glad you're ok Rick and that you had a safety built in.
Hope you sell them to someone with a much lighter vehicle.
Just checked mine, also 6 ton rating. the section on Rick's that let go is part of the stand itself on mine. Bent up and then welded on the sides during manufacture. However, looking at it, that's not a hell of a lot of material should something let go.
In future, and I usually do, I'll use two stands per side, lower the jack so the stands support the weight, and then jack up again to where the jack is just taking the weight. Two jack stands and the jack. I'm not terribly fast moving, but I hope it's enough.
GREAT heads up, Rick.
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Man that would have left a mark !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ??? ??? ??? glad your ok bud !


There are actually websites now where people have tested HF tools and such and make recommendations on what to buy and what not to buy. I have not looked to see where the stands rate.


I have found a couple items I like from HF, the moving blankets for laying on underneath a rig in the driveway, and their orange ratchet straps. Both have served me well. And I have a 20 ton bottle jack. Other than that, the rest as far as I am concerned is $hit. That's the only place you can buy sandpaper and watch the sand come off the paper as you use it... :P Glad you didn't put ALL your faith in those stands Rick.
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I don't trust much of anything from HF. Mostly made of Chineseum. A friend calls them "Harry Homeowner" tools.

I bought a steering wheel puller kit from them several years ago for $25 (as it was $20 to rent one from Advance) and it worked the couple times I have used it, but all the bolts in the kit have started turning to dust!

They all have this whitish haze on them, and when you put any load on the threads, they strip completely.

What kind of metal disintegrates in the open air, with no rust on it?


Good that you are able to post this, Rick, as opposed to having to resize your clothes.
Assume they are the typical 'offshore manufactured crap' that we all have to be careful of.
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I have some of those and I don't feel completely safe when using them. I might sell them to recoup some of my money. Glad you're ok Rick and that you had a safety built in.


That is crazy!!

I almost bought one of those aluminum jacks at HF in detroit, one of the guys was giving me a hard time about looking at a jack before buying it, inspecting it, he was such a prick I told him to put my stuff back and walked out..


I have some almost exactly like them, I built them out of heavy wall pipe. I was actually trying to find them for this job but they are buried somewhere. Need to make more of them. Can make them quick and easy out of square tube stock used for trailer hitches. I use 5/8 hitch pins for the height setting pins and holes.


here's a link to what I use for jack stands, yes they are pricey but I'd rather be alive https://www.amazon.com/Esco-ESC10436-Fork-Lift-Jack/dp/B0049G9D0Y If you need increased height set them on 4x4 or 6x6 block cribbed



 !-! Do NOT buy these 6 ton jackstands!!!!! I just had one give out due to a cheesy damn piece of sheet metal that is supposed to hold the the center post of the stand from moving forward or back. Pulled on a wrench which pulled the coach over and it let go!!! Thank God I had the wheels on and boards under the wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is a link to the stand in question, they sell them under several part numbers but they are all the same. Their whole line is built the same so buyer beware! I will never again trust their garbage for supporting a load.


Notice the angle of the post in the first two pictures, I will tell you that it kicked the holding gear out and dropped the load also.

Here you will see the little piece of metal the broke out, that is the palm of my glove it is sitting in. Compare to the one sitting next to it and you can see where it belongs. Note the quality of the weld in addition to the small size of the piece.