When you want a small floor jack that gives you enough lift capacity while also being compact enough to fit easily in a small garage, apartment, or car trunk, your best bet is one of these types. Jacks of this size are strong enough for most smaller vehicles (remember, typically you’re only lifting one corner off the ground) and stable enough to give you all the support you need to get your ride up on jack stands.
Here we take a look at two of the best 1.5-ton floor jacks currently available and that will give you the best bang for your buck. Note: If you have room for a 2-ton or 3-ton capacity model to make as your primary jack, we recommend going with one of those since these 1 ton jacks are fairly limited in what they can lift. As a secondary jack or for taking to the track, a small jack such as one of the two below would be fine in most cases.
This aluminum racing jack by Pittsburgh is our top pick when it comes to picking a small, portable car jack that gives you the most value. Not only is this jack super lightweight, but it also has an aircraft aluminum billet that provides the utmost in durability. Combine that with its knurled aluminum handle, and you get a jack that provides you with the ability to lift your load quickly and easily. This lightweight jack also has a universal joint release mechanism, meaning that you get a smooth and rapid lift every time. The special rapid pump feature also means that you can lift your load in 3-4 easy pumps.
Weighing in at just under 30 lbs., this model has an impressive lift range of 3 3/8 inches – 14 ¾ inches. Because it measures in at only 22 1/3 inches long, it’s lightweight and compact enough to store and transport with ease. While this compact, aluminum model isn’t suitable for larger vehicles, it would work just fine for a Civic, Miata, or Prius.
Users of this portable jack rave that it has surpassed their expectations when it comes to smaller, compact floor jacks. While jack stands are necessary (like any other model), it will get the job done on any small or mid-sized vehicles with ease. If you are looking for a suitable floor jack at a lower price-point and decent specs, this 1.5 ton model is a great pick. If your budget allows, you may want to also consider a 2-ton racing jack instead in case you get a heavier vehicle in the future.
This 1 ½ ton aluminum jack from Powerzone is an impressive piece of equipment for its size. Despite its impressive 3000 lb. rated capacity, maximum lift range of 14 ¾ inches, and low 3 ½ inch clearance profile, this jack is all about functionality when not in use. The retractable handle folds forward for easy storage, and because it weighs in at only 27 lbs., it’s incredibly easy to haul.
Don’t let this lightweight and compact jack fool you, however. It still has plenty of extra features that will come in handy when in use. This model is equipped with safety valve to prevent overloading beyond rated capacity to ensure safety, as well as rubber pads, which serve to protect the vehicle frame. While it is not the best option for specialty use on super low profile cars, it’s a solid compact jack that may very well exceed your expectations.