When it comes to floor jacks, aluminum models are gaining in popularity. The reason for this is obvious – they are typically lighter than their steel counterparts, while still offering all of the strength and functionality that is necessary when using a jack. If you do any type of racing (track days, autocross, drag strip, etc.), a good aluminum jack is a necessity for its portability factor alone.
If you are looking for a jack that is going to provide excellent, user-friendly design while in use (as well as easy storage when not in use), check out our three top picks for best aluminum jacks on the market.
The Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack is our top pick for aluminum floor jacks (and runner up for best 3 ton jack), as it is the definition of lightweight durability. To begin, you’ll be taken by its sleek and streamlined design. Only 7” in height and weighing in at just 56 lbs., this jack is incredibly portable and provides for easy storage when not in use. These elements make it perfect for use both at home or in the shop.
Although lightweight, this jack features thick side plates, a fortified lift arm for increased strength, and impressive bypass valves that prevent over-extension of hydraulic ram. The dual pistons also provide smooth, fast-rising action 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. This combination of portability and durability is not often found in jacks with this lift capacity.
The Arcan ALJ3T has a 3-ton capacity and lifts to a height of 18-1/8 inches. Another great feature is its ability to get under low-profile cars with ease. With a low 3 ¾” minimum lift height, this jack is ideal for cars with low side skirts such as Imports and sports cars, although its high lift capacity also allows for use on larger vehicles such as vans and SUVs.
While this product is largely met with rave reviews from users, there are some noted drawbacks. Users have commented that the jacking pole flexes quite noticeably when in use and doesn’t provide foam padding on both pieces. While the 2-piece design is great for storage when not in use, it makes it easier to bow slightly while in use.
Our first runner up is this aluminum high lift jack by Nesco. This product also provides for incredible ease of use and portability because of its super lightweight aluminum alloy construction. With features that include high quality rollers and casters, a double plunger, and impressive 3-ton capacity, this jack is another great option for those looking for a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum jack.
It’s easy to assemble and has a long frame for an easier user experience. Drawbacks to this model include its price – there are many other less expensive aluminum options on the market today. However, if you can afford it, this jack by Nesco is another great choice.
This model by JEGS is the lightest aluminum jack of all we have reviewed, weighing in at only 49 lbs. Although it has a lift capacity of only 2-tons, it is incredibly portable and perfect for smaller vehicles. This particular model is also a runner up best low profile jack. Users love the slick paint-job, but don’t let appearances fool you, this is also an incredibly functional aluminum jack.
It features a unique grip that reduces slippage and dual side handles for increased maneuverability. JEGS also has a jack skid plate accessory available for this product (not included) that creates a flat surface so your jack doesn’t slip on unstable work areas. The only drawbacks for this product include the fact that its overseas construction makes users skeptical of its quality and use over long periods of time.