If you are looking for a low profile floor Jack then chances are you have a sports car, custom lowered or racing vehicle. Either way you more than likely take great pride and care of your car, so when it comes to choosing a low profile garage jack you shouldn’t sacrifice quality just to save a few dollars.
Below is a selection of 4 Jacks we highly recommend. These Jacks range in price from$280 down to under $100. Like most things you day pay more for quality, but depending on your needs you may be able to get away with spending at the lower end of the market.
Low Profile Floor Jacks Comparison Chart
|Nesco Tools 2203 Aluminum Low Profile Floor Jack||Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack||Arcan XL2T Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack – 2 Ton||Arcan XL20 Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack|
|Image and Price|
|Rating||( 4.7 / 5.0 )||( 4.8 / 5.0 )||( 4.9 / 5.0 )||( 4.8 / 5.0 )|
|Item Weight||58 pounds||56 pounds||97 pounds||67.2 pounds|
|Lifting Capacity||3 Ton||3 Ton||2 Ton||2 Ton|
|Lift Range||3-1/2 to 19-1/4 inches||3.77 to 19.3 inches||2.75 inch to 24 inches||3.5 to 18.1 inches|
|Dimensions||31.7 x 14.5 x 7 inches||30 x 13.5 x 8 inches||32.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches||26 x 6.3 x 13.2 inches|
|Origin||Made in China||Built in China||Made in China||Made in China|
|Warranty||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months|
|Review||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More|
All the models in the above chart are high quality low profile floor jacks, don’t let the fact that they are made in china put you off, as aside from Hein-Werner, pretty much all garage and floor jacks are made in China these days (The Nesco Tools range used to be produced in the US, but sadly no longer is.)
Low Profile Floor Jacks Reviewed
To add to the chart above, we decided it would be a good idea to bring you a more in-depth review of each Jack and point out their respective positives and negatives, remember we recommend all the Jacks above as being great purchases, but they each have their own individual strengths and weaknesses, some may suit your needs more than others.
Nesco Tools 2203 Aluminum Low Profile Floor Jack
Nesco Tools where once assembled in the United States, but these days are made in China. But don’t be put off by this fact, these jacks, are excellent. Being predominantly aluminum alloy, the 2203 model only weighs in at 58 pounds, whilst still managing to have a maximum lift capacity of 3 Ton! So if your vehicle is heavier than most or you simply want the added strength, then this is the Jack for you (of course always use Jack stands or some other form of support once you have your car jacked up, particularly if you or any of your limbs will be under the suspended vehicle.
This Jack features a unique double plunger and requires only 9 pumps to full extension.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this Jack is it looks the business! it’s so good looking you will be extra careful using it!
The Jack we received was extremely well packaged.
It’s easy to assemble with a 2 piece handle and the jack body.
This is a high quality Jack and we highly recommend it if you can afford the premium price.
- Weight – 58 pounds
- Lift Load Capacity – 3 Ton
- Lightweight Aluminum alloy design
- Long frame
- Double plunger
- Full height in just 9 pumps
- min saddle height : 3.50″
- max saddle height : 19.25 “
- 12 month warranty
- High quality rollers and coasters
- Super Smooth pumping action
- Professional Racing Look
Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack
The Arcan is another great looking Jack that has a lot of muscle, with a 3Ton lift capacity. In fact it looks a heck of a lot like the Nesco low profile floor jack reviewed above, so much so, I’m not sure who is copying who!
The specifications are very similar as well, with the Arcan alj3t Aluminum Floor Jack being only 2 pounds lighter.
The dual pump pistons provide an amazingly smooth lift action, no jerky movements at all. Having said that, it is a little slow, perhaps the one negative we can associate with this Jack.
This Jack is pure quality and is one of the best jacks we have ever had the pleasure of using. It is costly at over $200, but it’s worth every dollar, you won’t be disappointed if you purchase one of these.
- Extra strengthened, thick frame side plates
- Reinforced lift arm
- Fast rise dual pump action
- Piston dust shields
- Overload valves prevent the jack being used beyond lift capacity
- Super low 3-3/4 inch min lift
- Max lift 19.3 inches
- Protective pad on saddle
- 3 Ton Max Weight
- 12 month warranty
Read our in-depth review here
Arcan XL2T Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
The XL2T low profile steel service Jack by Arcan is one of the best low profile jacks with a 2 ton rating on the market. Arcan make an excellent range of Jacks and the XL2T is one of their best.
Pricey for a 2 Ton Jack, but if you’re looking for quality without the need for the heavier load then this jack is perfect. The main feature is the Jack goes low, at a minimum height of 2.75 inches it’s one of the lowest profile jacks you will find.
The Jack itself is huge, with a massive 32 inch long body! Unfortunately this means its heavy, at almost a whopping 100 pounds it’s also the heaviest floor jack we have reviewed. If you are only going to roll the jack around your garage then its fine as its very maneuverable and easy to slide under your vehicle.
As you can imagine this Jack is solid and robust, it will take anything you can throw at it and keep coming back for more. Great Jack if you’re a professional, perhaps not so practical for a home garage.
- min height 2.75 inches
- max height 24 inches
- 32 inch extra-long body!
- dual pump mechanism
- ASME PALD compliant
- 97 pounds, this Jack is a heavy weight!
- Robust, sturdy and durable
Arcan XL20 Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
If you are on a tight budget, you can still get a decent quality low profile service jack for under a hundred dollars! With this in mind we are including the Arcan XL20 as our highest recommended Jack for under $100.
Much more lightweight than the XL2T (almost 40 pounds lighter!) this jack is better suited to a home garage for the weekend mechanic or hobbyist. As you can imagine with the weight difference to its heavy cousin, it’s not quite as robust or strong.
It is however a quality Jack for its price range, don’t be fooled into think this is a cheap and flimsy Jack, it’s just as sturdy and well-built as all other Jacks on the market.
If you not worried about looking flashy and can forgo the extra features of the pricier jacks, then you won’t be disappointed with the XL20, it will provide you many years of hassle free, safe use.
- max weight 2 Ton
- max height 18.1″
- min height 3.5″
- Dual, rapid life, pump action
- AMSE PALD 2009 compliance
- full sized
- made in china
- 12 month warranty
For us the Nesco wins hands down if you can afford the high price, it is such a smooth unit with a lot of grunt as it will take up-to a 3-ton load whilst still being light enough to move around easily due to its aluminum alloy construction. The look of this jack will be the envy of your fellow car enthusiasts, as it’s almost, dare I say it, sexy!
Having said that all the Jacks presented above are worthy of a place in your garage, choose the one that’s right for your budget and load weight considerations and you will be getting one of the best low profile Jacks on the market today.