A major part of maintaining and repairing equipment today is being able to lift it up off the ground so you can access those important service parts. Unfortunately, some jacks are tough to use or built poorly and can make servicing your vehicles and equipment more difficult than needed. That’s why we decided to track down all the jacks made in the USA. These jacks are built well, they’re easy to use, and they help lift up a range of equipment types. Read more about our findings below.
Full List of Jack Brands Made in the USA
Whether you’re interested in lifting farm equipment, sections of buildings, or tall vehicles, the U.S Jack D-51125 12-ton bottle jack is compact, built to last, and it offers a 12-ton lifting capacity. The jack comes with a ductile-iron base that’s wide in design for maximum stability. It is designed with helpful safety features like a fluid bypass and a stop ring for more reliable performance. The jack also has a carry handle designed into the side of the jack, making it easier to transport from one location to another. This tool is designed for high-profile lifting jobs but isn’t made for lifting low objects such as standard cars.
Jacking up a trailer is cumbersome and time-consuming with most standard crank-style trailer jacks, which is why the Barker VIP 3500 Power Jack was created. This jack provides 3,500 pounds of lifting force in a matter of seconds and with the flip of a switch. This advanced jack can be mounted in position on your trailer and used to lift it as needed. It is built with a water-resistant sealed design and a waterproof switch for use out in the elements. It comes built with a wide foot pad to minimize sinking down when lifting on soft surfaces, and every piece of this jack is formed from rust-resistant materials such as aluminum or powder or zinc-coated steel tubing.
For working in a warehouse or lifting other equipment, the Hein-Werner Hydraulic Service Jack has been designed to be a highly-convenient piece of equipment. The jack requires just 5” of clearance to slide underneath, but manages to lift up to 23 ½” overall, making it useful for tons of different types of equipment as well as some taller cars. The jack comes with a wide stance and a weighty cast-iron base for strength and stability wrapped into one. It also features a sealed hydraulic pump made to provide reliable performance over time. It has included safety features such as the pressure-release valve to help keep operations safe and reliable.
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a punctured tire out in the middle of nowhere. Things go from bad to worse when you pull out that poor excuse for a scissor jack that came with your vehicle and proceed to try to change the tire. Standard scissor jacks are cumbersome and time consuming to use, which is why the Norco Professional Jack was created. This scissor jack offers 1-1/2” of lifting power while taking up minimal space. It’s built with a 22.5” crank handle, making it comfortable to use to lift up your vehicle. This jack will work on vehicles with a profile as low as 3.75” and features a left and right threaded drive for efficient lifting force. This jack is manufactured to be faster and easier than a standard scissor jack whilst also remaining affordable.
Working on a motorcycle can be difficult to do properly without a good motorcycle jack to get the job done. The J&S Jacks Motorcycle Air Lift is designed to make getting your bike up and into position for maintenance simple and fast. Just slide it under your bike, attach the airline to your compressor and begin lifting using compressed air. The lifting process takes less than one minute, and your motorcycle will be up to 18.5” off the ground, making it easier to work on. This jack is designed to have a smooth operation and is compatible with most motorcycles. The jack works fine on all Harley models, and will also work with a nice range of other motorcycle manufacturers. It’s also protected with a lifetime warranty on build quality, ensuring reliable operation over time. It’s a little pricier than other jacks but if you have an air compressor in your shop, this could work well for your motorcycle jack needs.
Factors To Consider
Construction and Safety Features
A reliable jack stand has to be well constructed and have all the right safety features. Look for a wide base, weighty construction (American steel), and a corrosion-resistant design. Also, look at fail safes and safety features to ensure the jack won’t fail during use.
Minimum and Maximum Lift
An important consideration that must be made for every jack is the minimum and maximum lift that it can produce. Minimum lift is essential because you need to know how much clearance is needed to use the jack. The lower the minimum, the more versatile a jack is and the more machines it can be used on. Look at the maximum lift produced by the jack as well to determine whether it’s useful for tall vehicles or not. Tall trucks, farm equipment, and SUVs can’t be lifted by many low-profile floor jacks because the jacks simply don’t lift high enough to raise the vehicles off the ground.
Easy to Use
When buying a jack stand, look closely at the overall ease of use. You need smooth lifting action, a comfortable lever or cranking action, and minimal effort to get the lift required. Powered jacks take the top spot in terms of ease of use, but they aren’t right for every situation because of their lower lifting force and their dependence on compressed air or electricity. Sometimes, a manual jack will be a better option for getting the job done.
It’s helpful when jacks are portable, especially when they are meant for a vehicle that can be moved from one location to another. Pay attention to the weight of the jack, its overall footprint, and whether it requires power or compressed air to effectively lift up. A more portable jack would be ideal for use out in the field, while a powered or oversized option is best for shop use.
The lifting force is an essential measurement of whether a jack stand is high-quality or not. Look for load rating or maximum lifting capacity. Tough jacks should offer more lifting force, helping you to lift up heavier items.