When working on your car or truck, you want a floor jack that you can trust. For mid to full size cars, trucks, SUVs, and larger vehicles that tip the scales at 6,000 pounds, we recommend going with the best 3-ton floor jack you can afford. You want it to last for years and be as easy on you as it is on your vehicle. For small to mid-size cars, you may also want to consider a 2-ton model.
Don’t let the color or style of a floor jack fool you – you want something you can rely on when you’re hard at work on maintenance or repairs. While there are plenty of 3-ton car jacks available that will get your vehicle off the ground, we’ve chosen the three best that money can buy, which are excellent for both home or commercial use. Don’t forget to match one of these jacks with a set of 3-ton jack stands.
Our pick for the best 3-ton aluminum floor jack on the market is the Powerzone 380044 3-Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack. It features an impressive, sleek aluminum design, yet the aesthetics pale in comparison to its impressive specs. With a lightweight aluminum frame, this jack clocks in at only 59.2 lbs., meaning that it is incredibly portable compared to its steel competitors, yet more affordable than all-aluminum models.
With a 4 inch to 18-1/4 inch lift range, it’s not as low profile as some or lifts the highest but the Powerzone 380044’s hydraulic system raises heavy loads quickly and easily and has plenty of range for almost all stock suspension cars and trucks. This system also contains a unique safety valve that ensures it never overloads at capacity. You can also always be confident in the heavy-duty all-steel lift arm, which provides the perfect combination of force and durability. There are many other incredibly user friendly features that make this jack stand out from the crowd, including rear wheels that swivel for easy positioning (even on rough surfaces) and the ability to allow for small height adjustments throughout its entire stroke range. The dual pump mechanism provides for easy use and its portability when not in use means it’s a smart choice from start to finish.
While some users were cautious about it being a product manufactured overseas, this 3-ton jack has been consistently top rated and ranked number one by users across the country. Quite simply, the Powerzone 380044 3 Ton Aluminum and Steel Garage Jack provides you with a “best of both worlds,” between other all-steel and all-aluminum jacks on the market today.
The Arcan ALJ3T is our runner up. It features thick side plates and a lightweight durability not often found in jacks with this lift capacity. Its dual pistons provide smooth, fast-rising action from 3.6″ to 19.4″ and contain a dust shield to prevent any hydraulic contamination. With its ball-bearing mounted wheels and protective saddle pad, it gives the user maneuverability as well as stability when necessary.
If you’ve read pages on our site, you’ll know we’re big fans of Arcan. The only two thing keeping this model from being our best 3-ton auto jack is the slightly higher price than the Powerzone and the fact that the 2-piece handle has a slight flex to it when pumping. Something to consider if you’re used to a handle on a steel jack. The Arcan ALJ3T can also get under low cars with ease, making this jack ideal for cars with low side skirts, such as imports or sports cars.
While larger and heavier than some of its competitors, this model’s sleek black and red colored floor jack boasts an impressive 3.5-ton capacity. The all steel construction means it’s a heavy duty car jack. Smart features like an internal safety valve for safer overall operations are well thought out. The rolled side frames on this jack give it endless amounts of strength and stability, while rear casters allow for easy positioning.
With a lifting range of 5.5″ to 22″, it’s more suited for trucks and SUVs but will also work for most non-sporty cars which should have adequate clearance. Weighing in at 80 pounds and not as easy to store as some other models, the Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack still provides a safe and stable steel alternative.