No garage is complete without a lift. Lifting equipment, however, can be quite pricey ranging anywhere from four-thousand US dollars to upwards of fifty-thousand. There are alternatives to full scissor or four-point lifts. Bottle jacks, a type of hydraulic jack, are not only an inexpensive alternative but also a strong and more compact option.
These are often quite small and can be as small as three and a half inches in height. Their short stature makes them a great addition to any small home garage. They just don’t take up a lot a space. Despite their size, this equipment tends to be quite strong. Some options can lift up to fifty tons or about one hundred thousand pounds of weight.
They are also not always used to just lift vehicles, but can also be used to lift projects as heavy as small cabins. Because their lifting capacity can cover such a wide range, you may notice that the price point for this equipment will also vary greatly.
We have seen options starting as low as $15 up to $150. Even the most expensive options on the market do not get anywhere close to the industrial alternatives, however. In this article, we run through the top-rated options on the market and their benefits.
Before we get to the top ten list, let’s talk about what exactly a this product is. They are a type of a hydraulic jack that is meant to lift heavy loads temporarily. They use liquid pressure to lift loads placed on them. The liquid is usually oil because oil is more stable and lubricating. Typically they are used to lift vehicles for maintenance and to lift housing structures for temporary access. They have become increasingly more common over the last few years during search and rescue missions after the devastating earthquakes we have been having.
Now that we have a basic idea of what this product is and what it is typically used for, let’s get into the top ten products we found in 2018.
10 Best Bottle Jacks
|Torin Big Red|
|Powerbuilt||On the lower end in cost|
|Strongway||On the lower end of the price range|
|Maasdam||Most inexpensive in list|
|Tonda||On the lower end in price|
|ATD Tools||In the middle range in price|
|OTC Stinger||In the middle of the price range|
|Pro-Lift||In the middle range in price range|
|ZBN 5 Ton||In at the middle of the price range|
|Torin Stubby||Mid-range in price|
This bottle jack is designed for more of a commercial use. Its air pump run very quickly for reducing lift time and is made of a hard alloy for durability. It has a maximum lifting capacity of 24,000 pounds and can lift up to 19 13/16 inch. It comes in two different sizes, 12 ton and 20 ton, and operates on a 120-200 PSI.
Operates both manually and with an air compressor
This pump can be used on its own or with an air compressor (handy for when the operator does not have an air compressor on hand).
Includes a 4 foot air hose
This hydraulic jack has a 4-foot air hose, good for larger vehicles like buses or trucks.
This bottle jacks price is mid-range. It is inexpensive considering it can be used without an air compressor and thus eliminating the need to buy one.
This product is both a jack stand and a lift in one. It has safety bar locks at customizable heights and has a wide steel base for better stability.
No more need for jackstands. It safely lifts and holds body-on-frame sedans, CUV’s and SUV’s.
Built to exceed tool standards
Alltrade is known to have high standards of safety standards. They either meet or exceed the applicable standards set by the US Government and American National Standards Institute.
This product is on the lower end in cost. It has numerous positive reviews and eliminates the need for stands and is therefore a good bang for your buck.
This option has a 2 ton capacity and has a 5-15/16 inch to 14-1/2 inch lift range. It has a dual hydraulic cylinder that can lift higher weight capacities on smaller footprints. It is well-constructed and built for durability.
The body is resistant to oil/grease and dirt
This pump has a resistant surface for easy clean up of the unit. It has a round and clean shape making it easier to wipe around as well.
Low profile for lower vehicles
Only standing 5-15/16 inches in height, this pump is better for lower vehicles.
This unit is on the lower end of the price range in regards to bottle pumps. The reasoning behind this is because it’s meant for smaller vehicles. This one is ideal for anyone looking for a pump who has a smaller vehicle, it is definitely worth the price for those situations.
This product lifts up to 2 tons, which amounts to 4000 pounds, and is green in color. It has a lifting range of 7 1/8 inch to 13 9/16 inch.
Good bang for your buck
This lift is very inexpensive but doesn’t compromise on quality.
Small in size
This option would be ideal for users who are looking for a lift for a just-in-case emergency situations. It is very small and easy to store. It has very little bulk.
This is one of its strong qualities. This option is the most inexpensive on our list. This product could be considered “cheap”, but the quality is there. It has held up to tests, it is small and inexpensive. This one is the winner in cost.
This product is sleek and silver in color. It lifts up to 12 tons (24000 pounds) and can lift up to 14.8 inches. This lift is very compact and has a very smooth operation.
4 Ton capacity
This product has a stronger capacity than the majority of the other options in this article. It comes in 2 ton, 4 ton, 6 ton and 12-ton strengths. It has critical stress points that are reinforced as well for added durability and dependability.
This product can lift up to 14.8 inches high, great for larger vehicles.
This product ranges in price due to the different sizes available for the product. It is on the lower end in price and considering the positive reviews is worth the cost. It is small and compact, it lifts up to 12 tons and is inexpensive.
This option on our top ten list is little and strong. It has a lift range of 6-1/2 inches to 11-1/4 inches. It can lift up to a whopping 20 tons (40,000 pounds) of weight. It stands at 6-1/2 inches tall.
20-ton weight capacity
This lift is one of the strongest of all of the options in this article. It is meant for fairly large vehicles.
Can be used on its side
This particular lift can be used on its side if needed. Because it can lift such heavy weights, it can be used to even hoist up structures if secured correctly.
This product sits in the middle range in price and for good reason, it can literally lift cabins. This option is a little high for average sized vehicles and probably better reserved for bigger jobs. Many reviewers use it for lifting cabins and decks. It has very little negative reviews and quite a few good ones. This is your best bet for bigger jobs especially considering the price.
This option is available in 2-ton, 3-ton, 5-ton, 8-ton, 12-ton, 20-ton and 50-ton weight capacities. It comes with a 2 year limited warranty and includes a free seal kit (to help extend the lift’s life). It has a 4-1/2 inch stroke, a minimum height of 7-1/2 inch height and a maximum 14-9/16 inch height.
Chrome piston pump and ram
For additional rust resistance, this product is also small and sleek.
Includes free seal kit
The company provides a free seal kit for extended product life.
These pumps sit right in the middle of the price range. They are rated high and have several load options. With minimal negative reviews this pump is definitely worth the price.
This option can lift up to 4 tons (8000 pounds). It has a lifting range of 8 inches to 15-3/8 inches. It has a 90-day warranty from date of purchase. It is red in color and, is small and compact.
Built-in bypass system
The bypass susytem protects against ram over travel.
Heat treated critical stress areas
The heat treated stress areas ensures a long life and better overall performance.
This product is in the middle range in price range. It has a 90 day warranty and is durable and heat resistant.
This product comes in both 3-ton and 5-ton models (6000 and 10,000 pounds). It comes with overload protection, has a minimum height of 7-1/4 inches and a maximum height of 14-3/8 inches. It also comes with an extension screw that is 2-1/2 inches in height. This product is backed by the full one-year warranty from the date of the purchase.
It is loaded with safety features
This lift has an safety value meant for protection in case of too heavy of a load. Finally, it has a bigger base that can hold a load safely for longer periods of time.
Quality, large diameter, steel cylinder build
The hydraulic cylinder build helps the lift to run better on low oil pressure to raise the item lifted and thus decrease wear and tear, and extends the overall life of the product.
This product is reasonably priced- coming in at the middle of the price range of the top-rated options listed in this article. Its major advantage is the safety features as well as the added features to extend its life.
This product can lift a whopping 20-ton (40,000 pounds) load. It has a lifting range of 6-5/8 inches to 10-15/16 inches. It is red in color and comes with an extension screw for an even higher lift-range.
Wide, rugged base
The wide base provides stability and strength.
Serrated, heat treated saddle
The saddle provides generous lifting area and a secure grip on the product.
This unit is also mid-range in price. It is one of the strongest of all the lifts in this article and highly rated. The price value is in its power.
Criteria Used in Evaluation
An important thing to consider when purchasing one of these products is the lifting range required to hoist the object you are about to lift. First of all, the jack needs to be able to fit under the object. It’s important to measure the range between the floor and the item you are lifting to ensure that it can physically fit in a non-extended position under the vehicle. The other item to consider is how high or wide the space between the ground (or supporting surface) and the lifted object needs to be. Each product has a specified maximum range. This will help narrow down the product options and avoid any need for returns.
There is a considerable weight difference between a Civic and a bungalow. Weight usually tends to be the price indicator on many lifts. The more weight you need to lift, the more expensive the product you will need to lift it will be. There is no point buying far more than what you need. It’s important to find out the weight of the item you’re lifting before investing. It’s hard to know how much a home weighs. If you are looking at newer homes, most have a concrete foundation and a concrete foundation is going to weigh considerably more than older houses without the concrete foundation. An average house can weigh between 80,000 to 160,000 pounds. It would be wise to do research on your home based on its specifications. A vehicle’s weight, on the other hand, is much easier to figure out. A vehicle will either have their weights on the engine, in the door panel or in the owner’s manual. Once the weight is known, ensure that you are buying a product that will support more than the max weight, just to be safe. This will help narrow down which product is appropriate for your job.
You obviously don’t want to physically put yourself under a vehicle when you know that the only thing stopping the vehicle from falling on you is made with cheap or weak materials. Look at the specifications of each of the products you’re considering to ensure that it is made of sturdy material like steel and aluminum rather than rubber or cast.
Reviewing the manufacturer’s reputation is also a good idea. There are numerous hydraulic jack manufacturers on the market today so it’s a good idea to read up about the company and any issues or recalls they’ve had in the past. A good idea is if you are reading consumer reviews to run it through a review checker (there are several available) to ensure they are real reviews. Another thing to consider is how long the company has been in business. Time in the industry means experience and experience usually yields better, more innovational and more reliable products.
Price is not always the best thing to consider when purchasing lifting equipment as the phrase “you get what you pay for” exists for a reason, however it’s important that you’re not buying something way overpriced. We compared several options within a similar price range as well as the same quality rating in this article so it should give you a good idea of where the product should sit in price. Looking at price alone can get you in hot water because cheaper usually means made of cheaper material so consider price alongside the other factors in this list. Finally, if you are working on a budget make sure you are only buying one that you need. If you are lifting something that is 3 tons but you buy a 20-ton capacity product you may be wasting money. Consider how heavy of an item you are lifting and only buy within the range.
Frequently Asked Questions
In conclusion, this piece of equipment can be a helpful addition to any garage or vehicle. They are handy as a mechanism for working on vehicles but also in a crisis, like on the side of the road with a flat tire. They are small enough that they can be stored in vehicle organizers without taking up highly coveted vehicle space. They can even be used for bigger projects, such as hoisting structures like houses and vehicles too. They are also a massive improvement technology-wise compared to the manual options already in vehicles. We hope that this handy guide here on carhampt.com has not only helped you learn a little bit more about these handy devices, but that we have helped you to decide what option best suits your needs.