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Air Hydraulic Jacks - Buyer's Guide

Topics Workshop Equipment Expert Corner Air-Hydraulic Jacks

January 24, 2016

Whether you need to lift a classic car or a 60-ton truck or even a bus, to work both quickly and safely, you need to have the right equipment. Here is the 6-step guide to make the right choice:

Step 1: Identify which type of vehicle you need to lift

To know the required lifting capacity, check the weight of the vehicles you are working on.

On the market, you will find different jack types with different capacities:


2 important things you should know about the lifting capacity:


Step 2: Make sure your hydraulic jack will fit the height requirements

The free working space below vehicles is getting smaller every day. This is why you can now find more compact air hydraulic jacks, also called “low profile", that can fit into the smallest of areas.

Some other hydraulic jacks will come with extensions, enabling you to extend the maximum height for specific applications.



Step 3: Check the available air pressure

Before buying your equipment, ensure that your airline set up will cover the requirements. This information is provided by the manufacturer, you can find it in the operator manual or in the technical specification sheets.

For reference, here is the required pressure for the Chicago Pneumatic models

Step 4: Identify your usage

Are you a mobile worker? Do you need to load your jack into your van every day?

If so, looking at the size, the weight and the easy-to -transport features, such as a carrying handle, are 3 characteristics that will make the difference for your day-to-day work.

Step 5: Product quality

Quality and durability are not just here for fun. It is to ensure your safety and to enable you to do the job when you need to.

In America and Europe, the main certifications are the CE and ASME certifications. Some independent organisms, such as TUV, also exist. Make sure your hydraulic jack is certified by one of them.

Step 6: Test the ergonomics

You are almost there. Hesitating between 2 or 3 different models?
The ergonomics will enable you to make the smartest choice:

How easy is it to place the jack under the vehicle? Look at the handle's length and the wheel's size.
How easy is it to operate? Play with the joystick and manoeuvre the air hydraulic jack.