There are very few things you can do to your vehicle without a good jack. Flat tire? You’re going need a jack. Want to change the oil? Unless you have a lifted truck on giant tires, you’re probably going to need a jack to do it. This is the case for just about every maintenance task your vehicle requires, making the jack one of the most fundamental and necessary tools for working on any vehicle.
But you must get the right jack. It needs safety mechanisms to prevent injury. Moreover, it needs to fit your vehicle. And some features like dual-piston pumps can save you time and energy.
To make sure you get the right jack and not just any jack, we’ve written up eight reviews comparing some of the best and most popular three-ton floor jacks on the market. These should help you pick a jack that fits your vehicle, your needs, and your budget.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack||
|Best Value||BIG RED T83006 Torin Hydraulic Floor Jack||
|Premium Choice||Arcan ALJ3T Quick Rise Aluminum Floor Jack||
|Pittsburgh Automotive 61253 Ultra Low-Profile Steel Floor Jack||
|JEGS 80077 Low-Profile Aluminum Floor Jack||
The 8 Best 3-Ton Floor Jacks – Reviews 2021
1. Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack – Best Overall
With a 7,000-pound capacity, the Blackhawk B6350 is a little bit stronger than the other jacks we compared it to. Still, it’s reasonably priced for what you get, which is quite a lot. This jack is well-built and sturdy with great features that make it our top pick.
The saddle swivels, making it easy to get it positioned in the right place. Once you get it in the right position, you’ll be able to get your vehicle lifted in just a few pumps thanks to the fast lifting technology incorporated into this jack’s design. Meanwhile, the internal safety valve ensures that you’re always safe during operation.
For vehicles with higher clearance, this jack lifts to an impressive 22 inches, ensuring you’ll be able to create plenty of room underneath. That said, low-clearance vehicles might not be compatible with this jack. It has a minimum saddle height of 5½ inches, which is too high to fit under most sports cars.
2. BIG RED T83006 Torin Hydraulic Floor Jack – Best Value
Combining an affordable price with excellent functionality, the BIG RED Torin Hydraulic Floor Jack is one of the best 3-ton floor jacks for the money. This jack lifts to a maximum height of 20⅞ inches, ensuring that even higher-clearance vehicles are lifted high enough to remove the tires. And since this jack is equipped with an extra-long saddle neck, it will help you get those higher-clearance vehicles lifted quicker. But this isn’t the best jack for low-clearance vehicles since the lowest the saddle goes is 5⅞ inches.
When you need to move this jack over rough ground, you can easily just lift it and carry it thanks to the built-in carrying handle. It’s got 360-degree swivel casters that help it roll smoothly on your garage or workshop floor. There’s even a safety bypass system built-in to ensure that the jack is never overloaded, guaranteeing safe operation for all users. Not bad for such an affordably-priced tool!
3. Arcan ALJ3T Quick Rise Aluminum Floor Jack – Premium Choice
Low-profile and fast pumping, the Arcan ALJ3T Quick Rise Aluminum Floor Jack was an easy pick as our premium choice recommendation. It’s pretty pricey, but it packs in features that will make your life much easier.
For instance, when you’re laying underneath a vehicle and trying to get your jack in the right position, you’ll be thankful for the addition of side handles that make it easy to position the jack from any angle. Likewise, you’re sure to appreciate the time-saving dual pump piston that helps lift the saddle with just a few pumps.
This jack is a great choice for low profile vehicles since it’s the saddle sits at a minimum height of 3¾ inches, so it will fit under most vehicles with no problem; even low-slung sports cars. The two-piece handle breaks down for easy storage and is covered in foam so it won’t damage your bumper if you accidentally make contact. Similarly, the saddle is covered with thick rubber to avoid damaging anything when raising your vehicle.
4. Pittsburgh Automotive 61253 Ultra Low-Profile Steel Floor Jack
This Ultra Low-Profile Steel Floor Jack from Pittsburgh Automotive is durably built and has some convenient features to save you time. For example, we liked the dual parallel rapid pump system on this jack. It lifts your vehicle in just three to four pumps, so you can get finished with your work and get on with your day.
Low-clearance vehicles are in luck since this jack has a minimum height of just over three inches. Very few vehicles will have a hard time fitting this jack underneath. It’s also got a maximum height that’s just shy of 20 inches, so higher vehicles are in luck as well.
The universal joint release gives you precise control, making it easy to smoothly and slowly lower your vehicle. But we weren’t thrilled with the lack of a saddle covering to protect the underside of our vehicles. We also prefer a two-piece handle rather than the one-piece handle that comes with this jack because the two-piece handle is easier to store.
5. JEGS 80077 Low-Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
JEGS is a big name in automotive tools, so we had high expectations for this aluminum floor jack. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. It’s a very expensive tool, but for the price, we don’t think you get much. The cheap saddle pad was destroyed after just two to three uses. And since the wheels weren’t level, it never felt completely stable.
Despite these drawbacks, there were several things about this jack that we did like. First, it’s very lightweight at just 58 pounds. Combine that with the handles on each side and this jack is quite easy to move and position.
We also liked the low saddle height of just 3½ inches, helping this jack to fit under just about any vehicle. The foam-covered two-piece handle is also nice, but we still don’t think it warrants the exorbitant price.
6. Craftsman 9-50139 Service Jack
With an all-black paint job covering the Craftsman Service Jack, it looks very industrial. It’s made from solid steel, so it’s just as durable as it looks. And at a hefty weight of just under 100 pounds, it feels solid as well, though it’s a pain to move around. Making matters worse, there are no side handles, so this jack is incredibly hard to move when you’re in an unleveraged position.
This jack will rise to a maximum height of 19¼ inches. Unfortunately, with a minimum saddle height of 5½ inches, it’s not going to fit under low-clearance vehicles. To be fair, this tool is priced more affordably than most of the competition, but we still don’t recommend it due to its numerous flaws.
7. SUNCOO 3 Ton Floor Jack
The SUNCOO 3-Ton Floor Jack has an actual capacity of 6,600 pounds, making it a little stronger than most of the other jacks we were comparing it to. It’s also heavier than many of them, weighing in at over 70 pounds.
What’s great about this jack is its range. It’s got a minimum saddle height of 2.95 inches, so there are very few vehicles that it won’t fit under. It’s also got a maximum lift of 19.6 inches, providing plenty of height so you can get your jack stands underneath.
But we had more complaints about this jack than praise. First, the handle is very difficult to release, causing many vehicles to drop to the ground quickly and dangerously. There’s also no foam on the handle, so if you hit your bumper while raising the jack, it’s likely to cause damage.
The worst issue with this jack is the low-quality pistons. One of them failed after just a few weeks, making the jack very slow. Unfortunately, this seems to be a pretty common occurrence with this jack.
8. Neiko Pro 20272B Low Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
At just 57 pounds, the Neiko Pro Aluminum Floor Jack is one of the lightest ones we tested, making it easy to move and position. It’s also a lot more expensive than the competition, but we don’t think it does much to earn that high price.
Within the first week of use, one of the casters had locked up. Naturally, this makes it very difficult to use the jack since it no longer rolls well. The release valve is also very sensitive and it’s hard to get it to release a vehicle slowly. Altogether, we weren’t impressed by this jack, especially considering the sky-high pricing.
Choosing a jack seems like a simple decision on the surface. It just needs to lift your vehicle, right?
Well, it’s actually a bit more complicated. First, it needs to fit under your vehicle. Then, it needs to lift high enough to give you clearance. You also want features to protect your car from damage and help save you time.
Don’t worry, we’ve written this buyer’s guide to help you keep all of these things straight and make sure you pick a jack that’s perfect for your needs.
Maximum lift refers to the height of the saddle when the jack is fully extended. Our favorite jacks had maximum heights of more than 20 inches, though you might not need this much lift for every application.
Your jack must raise high enough for you to fit jack stands underneath and still be high enough to allow you to move freely underneath and remove the tires if necessary. We’d recommend looking for a jack with a maximum height of 20 inches or more.
Minimum Saddle Height
Not all vehicles need a lot of lift. Instead, some vehicles are very low-clearance, and they’ll have the opposite problem. Vehicles like sports cars are often so low to the ground that a normal jack won’t fit underneath.
For these vehicles, you’ll need a low-profile jack that’s built extra slim to ensure it fits. To make sure you get the right size for your vehicle, we recommend measuring how much space there is between your bumpers and the ground. You’ll need a jack with a minimum saddle height that’s smaller than this measurement.
Some of the lowest profile jacks we’ve tested have minimum saddle heights that are less than three inches. But many of the regular jacks we used didn’t get lower than five inches, which is too high to fit beneath these low-clearance vehicles.
We’re always looking for ways to save time when working on our vehicles. For jacks, rapid-pump technology can be the time-saving feature that makes things just a little bit quicker and more convenient.
Many of these jacks feature dual-pump pistons that will raise the jack more with each pump than a standard piston would. Some of the most impressive jacks we tried were able to lift your vehicle to a working height in just three or four pumps! This helps keep our arms from tiring out since we’re probably going to need that strength and energy to work whatever rusted and stuck bolts we come across.
There are many times that you’ll be in a strange position with no leverage, attempting to position your jack in the right place. A heavy jack can make this very difficult, especially if they have no handles. Some jacks have side handles built-in making it easier to position them from any angle, but even with side handles, heavy jacks are hard to move.
Some of the jacks we tested weighed in near 100 pounds! On the other hand, we tested some jacks that barely passed the 50-pound mark. We prefer the lighter jacks that are much easier to work with. They’re even easier to simply move around the garage.
With the jack underneath your vehicle and the handle sticking out, you have to pump that handle, coming dangerously close to your bumper each time. What happens if you make contact?
If the handle of your jack is covered in protective foam, then probably nothing. But if your jack just has a bare metal handle, then you’re likely to scratch your paint at the least.
Similarly, the saddle should have protection so that you don’t have bare metal pressing against the bare metal on the underside of your vehicle. Most good jacks will have thick rubber pads on the saddle for this reason.
If you plan on personally performing any maintenance on your vehicles, you’re going to need the help of a good jack. Our reviews should have helped you determine which one would be the best fit for your needs, but we’re going to leave you with our recommendations just in case.
Our favorite overall was the Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack. It’s got a beefy 7,000-pound capacity, a maximum lift of 22 inches, and it pumps quickly saving you time and energy.
If you’re looking for the most affordable value, we recommend the BIG RED Torin Hydraulic Floor Jack. It’s not just affordably priced, it’s also loaded with great features like an extra-long saddle neck, a carrying handle for easy transportation, and a maximum lift of 20⅞ inches.
For those who want a premium tool that’s meant for professional work, we suggest the Arcan 3-Ton Quick Rise Aluminum Floor Jack. Its dual pump pistons raise the jack to maximum height very quickly and with a minimum saddle height of just 3¾ inches, it will even fit under low-clearance vehicles like sports cars.
Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing.
As the founder of House Grail, David’s primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 2 The 8 Best 3-Ton Floor Jacks – Reviews 2021
- 2.1 1. Blackhawk B6350 Fast Lift Service Jack – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. BIG RED T83006 Torin Hydraulic Floor Jack – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Arcan ALJ3T Quick Rise Aluminum Floor Jack – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Pittsburgh Automotive 61253 Ultra Low-Profile Steel Floor Jack
- 2.5 5. JEGS 80077 Low-Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
- 2.6 6. Craftsman 9-50139 Service Jack
- 2.7 7. SUNCOO 3 Ton Floor Jack
- 2.8 8. Neiko Pro 20272B Low Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion