Best Jacks

A major part of maintaining and repairing equipment today is being able to lift it up off the ground so you can access those important service parts. Unfortunately, some jacks aren’t enjoyable to use and can make servicing your vehicles and equipment more difficult than it needs to be. That’s why we decided to track down the best jacks made in the USA. These jacks are built well, they’re easy to use, and they help lift up a range of equipment types. Read more about our findings below.

Our Findings

We researched over a dozen brands of jacks and ended up landing on 5 brands that really stood out among the competition. Since there are several varieties of jacks that are used for different purposes, we found stand out products in a few different categories, which we’ve broken out below: bottle jacks, trailer jacks, hydraulic floor jacks, scissor jacks, and motorcycle jacks. For more comprehensive research on other tools, head to our tools made in the USA page.

Top Recommendations

Best JacksBest for:
US Jack D-51125 12 Ton Bottle JackBottle Jack
Barker VIP 3500 Power JackTrailer Jack
Hein-Werner Hydraulic Service JackHydraulic Floor Jack
Norco Professional Lifting Equipment 1-1/2 Ton Scissors JackChanging a Tire
J&S Jacks Motorcycle Air LiftMotorcycle Jack

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are overviews of our top picks and what made these jacks stand out. You’ll find tons of products details as well as what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

Best Bottle Jack

US Jack D-51125 12 Ton Bottle Jack


Whether you’re interested in lifting farm-equipment, sections of buildings, or tall vehicles, it’s hard to beat the efficiency or reliability of the US Jack D-51125 12 ton bottle jack. The jack is compact, built to last, and it offers an impressive 12-ton lifting capacity. The jack comes with a ductile-iron base that’s wide in design for maximum stability. The jack is designed with helpful safety features like a fluid bypass and a stop ring for more reliable performance. We really like the carry handle designed into the side of the jack, making it easier to transport from one location to another. It’s an excellent tool for high-profile lifting jobs, but won’t work well when lifting low objects such as standard cars (better recommendation below for changing tires).

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Things we like:

  • Durable ductile-iron base
  • Wide stance design
  • Safety features like fluid bypass and stop ring
  • Zinc-plated handle
  • 12-ton capacity
  • Carry handle
  • Compact design

Things we don’t like:

  • High profile design

 

Best Trailer Jack

Barker VIP 3500 Power Jack


Jacking up a trailer is cumbersome and time-consuming with most standard crank-style trailer jacks, which is why it’s refreshing to see a product like the Barker VIP 3500 Power Jack. This jack provides 3,500 pounds of lifting force in a matter of seconds and with the flip of a switch. This advanced jack can be mounted in position on your trailer and used to lift it as needed. It is built with a water-resistant sealed design and a waterproof switch for use out in the elements. It comes built with a wide foot pad to minimize sink down when lifting on soft surfaces, and every piece of this jack is formed from rust-resistant materials such as aluminum or powder or zinc-coated steel tubing. For trailer lifting, this jack is the most convenient solution as long as it can handle the weight of your trailer.

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Things we like:

  • Power up and down lifting
  • Wide foot pad for use on softer surfaces
  • Waterproof switch
  • Sealed design

Things we don’t like:

  • Only a 3,500 pound lifting capacity
  • Requires a power source

 

Best Hydraulic Floor Jack

Hein-Werner Hydraulic Service Jack


For working in a warehouse or lifting other equipment, the Hein-Werner Hydraulic Service Jack is an impressive, and highly-convenient piece of equipment. We were impressed by the jack because it requires just 5” of clearance to slide underneath, but manages to lift up to 23 ½” overall, making it useful for tons of different types of equipment as well as some taller cars. The jack comes with a wide-stance and a weighty cast-iron base for strength and stability wrapped into one. It also features a sealed hydraulic pump for reliable performance over time. We appreciate the included safety features such as the pressure-release valve as well, to help keep operation safe and reliable. If you’re searching for a jack you can depend on, the product from Hein-Werner is one of the best jacks made in the USA for the job.

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Things we like:

  • Lifts up to 23 ½”
  • Requires just 5” of clearance
  • One-piece handle construction
  • Cast iron base
  • Sealed hydraulic pump
  • Features safety pressure-relief valve
  • Wide and stable design

Things we don’t like:

  • 3 ton capacity

 

Best Jack for Changing a Tire

Norco Professional Lifting Equipment 1-1/2 Ton Scissors Jack


There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a punctured tire out in the middle of nowhere. Things go from bad to worse when you pull out that poor excuse for a scissor jack that came with your vehicle and proceed to try to change the tire. Standard scissor jacks are cumbersome and time-consuming to use, which is why we were so impressed with the Norco Professional Jack. This scissor jack offers an acceptable 1-1/2” of lifting power while taking up minimal space. It’s built with a lovely 22.5” crank handle, making it very comfortable to use to lift up your vehicle. This jack will work on vehicles with a profile as low as 3.75” and features a left and right threaded drive for efficient lifting force. This affordable jack is faster and easier than a standard scissor jack, and makes a good addition to any vehicle that’s more than 3.75” in height.

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Things we like:

  • Compact design
  • Left and right threaded drive screw
  • 22.5” crank handle
  • 3.75” minimum profile height
  • Lightweight jack
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • 13.25” maximum height

Related: Our picks for the best tires made in the USA

 

Best Motorcycle Jack

J&S Jacks Motorcycle Air Lift


Working on a motorcycle can be difficult to do properly without a good motorcycle jack to get the job done. The J&S Jacks Motorcycle Air Lift makes getting your bike up and into position for maintenance simple and fast. Just slide it under your bike, attach the air line to your compressor and begin lifting using compressed air. The lifting process takes less than one minute, and your motorcycle will be up to 18.5” off the ground, making it easy to work on. We were impressed with the smooth operation of this jack and how simple it is to use with compatible motorcycles. The jack works fine on all Harley models, and will also work with a nice range of other motorcycle manufacturers. It’s also protected with a lifetime warranty on build quality, ensuring good reliable operation over time. If you don’t mind spending a bit more on a motorcycle jack, and you have an air compressor in your shop, this jack is a real treat to use.

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Things we like:

  • Smooth air lift
  • 18.5” off the ground
  • Works with all Harleys and many other motorcycle models
  • Lifetime warranty protection

Things we don’t like:

  • Costly
  • Requires an air compressor

Recap: Best Jacks Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Construction and Safety Features

A reliable jack has to be well constructed and have all the right safety features. We looked for a wide base, weighty construction, and a corrosion-resistant design. We also looked at fail safes and safety features to ensure the jack won’t fail during use.

Minimum and Maximum Lift

An important consideration that must be made for every jack is the minimum and maximum lift that it can produce. Minimum lift is essential because you need to know how much clearance is needed to use the jack. The lower the minimum, the more versatile a jack is and the more machines it can be used on. We looked at the maximum lift produced by the jack as well to determine whether it’s useful for tall vehicles or not. Tall trucks, farm equipment and SUVs can’t be lifted by many low-profile floor jacks because the jacks simply don’t lift high enough to raise the vehicles off the ground.

Easy to Use

When buying a jack we looked closely at the overall ease-of-use. To test this, we lifted up a couple vehicles using all the compatible jacks and selected the options that do the job as easily as possible. You need smooth lifting action, a comfortable lever or cranking action, and minimal effort to get the lift required. Powered jacks take the top spot in terms of ease-of-use, but they aren’t right for every situation because of their lower lifting force and their dependence on compressed air or electricity. Sometimes, a manual jack will be a better option for getting the job done.

Portability

It’s helpful when jacks are portable, especially when they are meant for a vehicle that can be moved from one location to another. We paid attention to the weight of the jack, its overall footprint, and whether it requires power or compressed air to effectively lift up. A more portable jack would be ideal for use out in the field, while a powered or oversized option is best for shop use.

Lifting Force

Lifting force is an essential measurement of whether a jack is high-quality or not. Tough jacks should offer more lifting force, helping you to lift up heavier items. We categorized different jacks based on their maximum lifting capacity. We also verified that the jacks are up to the task of lifting their load rating.