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Workshop Machinery-Automotive Equipment transmission jacks.

Updated on December 6, 2010

Auto Transmission jacks foot operated.

A foot operated 2 stage transmission jack has become standard equipment in most auto shops these days, as they work better and are easier to use than the older styled ones.

The cheap Chinese ones are not worth the bother unless you only do a few transmissions each year. They leak oil, lose pressure and fail after a bit of real work!

Ensure you buy one with a head that has chains to lock the transmission in place and beware of uneven surfaces when you wheel the transmission to the bench for repairs or rebuilding.

Good quality wheels are important as you will discover the first time you do a transmission rebuild on a four wheel drive.

The transmission jack must roll smoothly on the floor when it is carrying a large transmission as safety is a major factor. these transmissions will cause serious injury if the jack is not stable and it trips over a lump or even a small nut left on the floor.

If you are using a free floor or clear span hoist, it is much easier to locate the jack exactly where you need it to lower the transmission out of the car or truck without tripping over the floor plate.

I prefer a two stage ram as it is more compact and can lift higher.

The beauty of having one of these transmission jacks, is it makes pulling the transmission off the drive spline so much safer and easier. You can wiggle the transmission while you decrease or increase the height with your foot pump to line the trans up straight while you joggle it.

I did buy a cheap Chinese one to test it in my factory before I sold them.

It was rubbish! I refused to stock them or sell them, they are for the most part dead-set dangerous like their hoists.


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      3 years ago

      Findnig this post solves a problem for me. Thanks!

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      felix Abban 

      4 years ago

      we would need a full set of tools and equipment for a new workshop. can you help us?

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      7 years ago

      Hi i see your hub this is nice.If you want a best Transmission Rebuild please visit our site.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Good observations earnestshub. The writing has been on the wall for a few years now. Good brand names like Armstrong and others have had to go the China route just to stay in business. I say it's a pity because the Chinese do have the ability to make a good product, maybe one day they will?

      I would also lay a large portion of the blame on the Australian Standards for not enforcing their own standards !

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      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Hello, hello! The problem is with both engineering and metallurgy. The Chinese still fail to grasp that workshop machinery is subject to huge stresses and the metal is poorly formed, and varies in molecular structure. I used to demonstrate this to my customers by loading up an American or Australian 4 tonne hoist and then putting 4 ton on the Chinese hoist. Every hoist owner or buyer should try it!

      As for other equipment, I have found the same is true. A $7,000 dollar wheel balancer can be bought as a Chinese copy for $3,500. The valves and hose couplings will not operate at the higher pressures used for air operated tire changers. The are near useless for a professional auto shop. Same with the wheel balancers. A $4,000 dollar machine with a $10 dollar motherboard! The shafts are either too soft or too brittle.

      Their 5 gas analysers have terrible screens that could have been twice as good for another 5 bucks!

      I could list what is wrong with Chinese workshop equipment all day.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting information. I agree with you that some products from China just don't up to it.


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