EZcarlift™ vs. QuickJack – A Portable Car Lift Buyer’s Guide


EZcarlift™ vs. QuickJack – A Portable Car Lift Buyer’s Guide

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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At QuickJack, we believe in the product we’re promoting. We believe it is the safest, most convenient and easiest-to-use portable car lift on the market. We also know our customers make an investment when they choose to spend their hard-earned money on a lift. That’s why we made QuickJack affordable without sacrificing quality.

One of our competitors, EZcarlift, makes a similar product and touts a few of the same claims about their portable car lift that we make about ours. According to their website, “The EZcarlift is the new standard of what a home garage car lift is all about. It’s safe, easy to use, compact, convenient, portable, versatile, and affordable.”

When we saw this on EZcarlift’s website, we wanted to ask them, “You’re safe, easy, compact and affordable compared to what?” Since we’re analytical at QuickJack, we decided to take look at each claim by EZcarlift and compare their features to QuickJack. We’re confident that our fact-driven comparison will convince you QuickJack is the best garage lift on the market today.

Their CLAIM #1 – “Safe”

It appears that people do use the EZcarlift safely, so we’re not out to say anything extreme against their portable car lift or claim their product doesn’t work at all, but we will examine the facts. EZcarlift uses a mechanical screw-drive system to achieve its lift. You might think these drive systems are continually locked and therefore safe, but screw drives don’t feature a fail-safe and are prone to failure, and that’s where we differ. QuickJack uses a hydraulic lift system with a built-in flow divider to ensure an even lift. While it’s highly unlikely that any of the hydraulic support mechanisms on the QuickJack will ever fail, we have systematic fail-safe locking bars that engage automatically as the lift rises. Our tandem rugged steel safety lock holds your vehicle securely at both the mid and max rise levels. For a great video of our patented automatically safety locks in action, check out the posted video. While EZcarlift claims design safety, QuickJack goes the extra mile to win your trust.

Most importantly, QuickJack has received EC Certification, an extremely rigorous safety certification, and EZcarlift does not meet the safety requirements to achieve this level of certification. QuickJack can accurately say we’re the safest garage lift option because we have legitimate, third-party endorsed credentials to prove what EZcarlift can only “claim.”

So, what is EC Certification and why does it matter for consumers?  The QuickJack is a unique low-rise portable vehicle jack, falling outside the realm of the North American Automotive Lift Institute standard ALCTV:2011. Europe’s car lift standard BS EN 1493:2010, however, has provisions for “short stroke lifts,” so we elected to explore this globally recognized standard as our badge of quality.Quickjack CE CertificateWe selected the services of CCQS, a London-based testing laboratory that specializes in testing, inspection and support for CE marking and safety of machinery and consumer products. All QuickJack models have been awarded EC Certification that meets the EN-1493 safety standard, as well as Europe’s Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This is really an impressive feat that was not easy for us to achieve. It’s a safety rating given only to the best of the best. QuickJack has it. EZcarlift does not. The object of this European Standard is to define rules for safeguarding persons against the risk of accidents associated with the operation of vehicle lifts, including portable car lifts. QuickJack requested testing for this certification because we have total confidence in the quality of our engineering standards. We passed extremely tedious testing on virtually every single component of our lift, including:

– List of hazards
– Safety requirements and/or measures
– Preventing unauthorized operation
– Control devices
– Control positions
– Speeds
– Structural design of the supporting structure
– Load carrying devices
– Limiting the travel of the load carrying device
– Unintended blocking of the load carrying device
– Safety against rupture of mechanical bearing devices
– Safety against leakage
– Proof loading
– Additional requirements for movable and mobile lifts
– Protection against pinching and shearing
– Safety devices
– Protection against damage
– Verification of the safety requirements and/or measures
– General
– Information for use
– General
– Marking
– Operation instructions
– Name plate
– Annex A Structural calculations
– Annex A Permissible stresses

Should you risk the safety of yourself and your car with EZcarlift?

Their CLAIM #2 – “Easy to use”

This one is a no-brainer, really. QuickJack is hands-down the easiest-to-operate portable car lift available today. While EZcarlift requires the use of an electric hand drill to raise and lower the platform, QuickJack requires only the convenient touch of a button. You can use the remote anywhere within range of the 13-foot cords. Other than the initial rubber block placement, QuickJack requires no crouching, bending, stooping or squatting to raise and lower your vehicle. The mechanical lift function on EZcarlfit is wobbly, time-consuming and non-ergonomic for virtually everyone.

QuickJack compared to EZcarlift

Their CLAIM #3 – “Compact, portable”

When it comes to the “portability” aspect of being a portable car lift, QuickJack stows at a low-profile 3″ collapsed height. Compare this to EZcarlift’s 4″ profile and QuickJack retains its slight edge. QuickJack’s frames also feature built-in wheels to make them easy to maneuver around your garage.

Take a look at the chart below to see the individual frame and power unit weights per QuickJack model. EZcarlift weighs in at 142 lbs., making it a little bit lighter than QuickJack’s models. That’s certainly a nice feature, but we don’t believe this makes it a safer garage lift, and it certainly doesn’t rate higher than QuickJack in terms of overall quality and safety assurance.

QuickJack Individual Component Weights

BL-3500SLX 60 lb. / 27 kg
BL-5000SLX 76 lb. / 34 kg
BL-7000SLX 91 lb. / 41 kg
Power Unit 35 lb. / 16 kg

QuickJack portability compared to EZcarlift difficulty

Not only is QuickJack portable, it’s easy to set up. After a one-time installation, QuickJack can be removed from storage and set up under your car in just one minute. If our portable car lift is resting against the wall of your garage, simply roll it out, place it under your car, hook up the power unit and press the button to lift your car! This can all be done in about 60 seconds. Once you know exactly where the lifting points are on your car, you can do this in your sleep. (Warning: do not attempt to operate the QuickJack portable car lift in your sleep.)

Their CLAIM #4 – “Versatile”

EZcarlift brags that it can be used as more than just a car lift—they even say it doubles as a picnic table bench. Which is fine…

Weight capacity
QuickJack offers three models: the BL-3500SLX rated for 3,500 lbs., the BL-5000SLX rated for 5,000 lbs. and the BL-7,000SLX rated for 7,000 lbs. EZcarlift offers a single model rated at 4,400 lbs. We still don’t know how they tested their frames to come up with that number, and unfortunately, they’re not telling!

Frame/chassis height
With the exception of our BL-7000SLX, whose collapsed frame height measures 3.5″, all our models collapse to a low-profile 3″. This design renders QuickJack serviceable to low-framed, high-performance vehicles, as well as virtually any vehicle that doesn’t exceed the list weight capacity. That one-inch difference from EZcarlift’s 4″ collapsed rise may sound small, but it makes a world of difference if your car’s ground effects or suspension are low to the ground. This is perfect for race cars that need fast, reliable servicing, as well as cars with custom modifications around the bottom of their frames. Plus, a lower profile means QuickJack is that much easier to stow away. It tucks nicely behind garage storage units, or it can be left on the floor of your garage, practically invisible when not in use.

QuickJack SUV Light Truck Adapter Kit

Car, light trucks and SUVs
QuickJack has light trucks and SUVs covered as well as low-bodied cars. The 12-piece SUV and light truck adapter set providers stackable adapters for you to mount inside the lifting block trays, which is an option EZcarlift does not offer. In other words, QuickJack offers you more versatility for your buck.

Unibody-frame pickup points
One of the dynamic aspects of QuickJack’s design is its complete lack of any crossbeams. Not only does this afford total undercarriage access to your vehicle, but there’s no need to adjust its width and get the adjustments “just right” when working on unique frames. You’ll be especially grateful for this if you work on multiple cars, as it’s much easily to slide a frame than to completely alter crossbeams on a fixed frame. EZcarlift is made to “set” in a certain position, which means you have to slide the cross braces to fit just perfectly, which can annoying and time-consuming. QuickJack allows you to roll and place the frames quickly. QuickJack doesn’t need to be folded up when you’re done, nor does it need to be reassembled back to that perfect setting when you take it out again. This is why QuickJack can be stowed away in 60 seconds after use.

Their CLAIM #5 – “Affordable”

We shouldn’t have to sell you on price, because the numbers speak for themselves. For a full comparison chart of all QuickJack models, click here. The least expensive QuickJack model is $1,125, while the EZcarlift costs $1,845 and is made to lift 4,400 lbs. Compare that to the most expensive QuickJack model, which costs $1,490 and is certified to lift 7,000 lbs., and it’s easy to see that a higher price does not always mean a safer, higher-quality and easier-to-use portable car jack.

 

QuickJack Car Lift Specs

Model

  • Price
  • Lifting Capacity
  • Collapsed Height
  • Lifting Height (frame only)
  • Max Lifting Height
  • Frame Length
  • Max Lifting Point Spread
  • Min Lifting Point Spread
  • Weight

BL-3500 QuickJack Garage Lift

BL-3500SLX

  • $1,125
  • 3,500 lbs. / 1588 kg
  • 3″ / 76 mm
  • 16.5″ / 419 mm
  • 20″ / 508 mm
  • 62″ / 1575 mm
  • 50.5″ / 1283 mm
  • 26.7″ / 678 mm
  • 180 lbs. / 82 kg

BL-5000SLX Portable Car Lift

BL-5000SLX

  • $1,340
  • 5,000 lbs. / 2268 kg
  • 3″ / 76 mm
  • 17.3″ / 439 mm
  • 21″ / 533 mm
  • 72.5″ / 1841 mm
  • 60″ / 1524 mm
  • 31.5″ / 800 mm
  • 212 lbs. / 96 kg

QuickJack BL-7000SLX Truck Lift

BL-7000SLX

  • $1,595
  • 7,000 lbs. / 3175 kg
  • 3.5″ / 89 mm
  • 18.2″ / 462 mm
  • 21.5″ / 546 mm
  • 72.5″ / 1841 mm
  • 60″ / 1524 mm
  • 31.5″ / 800 mm
  • 242 lbs. / 110 kg

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Specifications are subject to change without notice.

More claims by EZcarlift (and our responses)

From the website:

Using the basic operation of the common floor jack as a model, the high-quality, low-profile EZcarlift raises your 4,400 lb. vehicle up to 26 inches off the ground in less than 90 seconds using a simple electric hand drill. Its free standing open design is giving you total access to the underside of your vehicle.

In this regard, QuickJack and EZcarlift are similar. QuickJack rises to a max extension of 20″, while EZcarlift goes six inches higher for a total of 26″. If all other things were equal, this would be a nice selling point for them, so let’s keep digging. EZcarlift has a collapsed frame height that is 1-1/2” higher than QuickJack’s—they have a height advantage before we even start lifting! If you really want a little more “lift” with QuickJack, throw some 1-1/2” plywood under the frames and the difference is now cut down to 4-1/2”.

What’s more, QuickJack reaches its max extension in 30 seconds, which is three times faster than EZcarlift; of course, that’s assuming your drill doesn’t burn up or your drill battery doesn’t drain. Why burden yourself with an extra hazard when QuickJack gets you under your car in less time and virtually no hassle?

And let’s face it, standing there holding our cool pendant control with push buttons will impress your neighbors and car buddies. You crouching on the floor with a hand drill in your hand attempting to raise your car very, very slowly, will not.

Caution: friends, family and neighbors will want to borrow your QuickJack. Always use discretion, background checks, personal references, etc. when lending QuickJack to a friend.

While both car lift designs allow access to the undercarriage, only QuickJack offers total access with no crossbeams. EZcarlift features two connecting crossbeams, one in the front and one in the back. At the end of the day, you’re paying more for a less safe lift design that allows you to do less.

QuickJack undercarriage is clear
EZcarlift crossbeam

Given this look at the two lifts, it’s our conclusive opinion that EZcarlift’s extra 6″ of head clearance comes with a hefty price tag. QuickJack’s safety certification makes it a much safer portable car lift. EZcarlift will surely try to lure you in with its 26” of head clearance, but this is really the only factor we have found that objectively outranks QuickJack.

Interestingly enough, we did some research and found through user photos online that EZcarlift rarely appears to be elevated to its full height. We can only guess this is because the full height isn’t usually needed, or maybe users just get tired of all the annoying drilling it takes to raise their cars.

EZcarlift would probably argue that their lighter construction and smaller frames are positive design factors over QuickJack, but we believe our design is proven safer (and more powerful), and we would never sacrifice safety for a slightly smaller car lift.

EZcarlift is the only known lift of its kind designed to be brought TO the vehicle vs the other way around.
This is simply false propaganda. QuickJack is designed to slide under your car such that the lifting pads face your vehicle frame’s designated lifting points.

The simple, durable and well-proven principle of the mechanical scissor jack was selected as the lifting mechanism removing the need for external pumps and associated hardware, leaky lines and hoses, specialty power requirements, etc.
EZcarlift requires a hand drill to be raised and lowered. We think that counts as a “specialty power requirement.” QuickJack’s lifting mechanism is a revolutionary design. No other portable car lift is lifted and lowered with the touch of a remote button. Our quick-connect zero-leak fittings are quick and easy to use. They feature a sliding sleeve quick-disconnect with features that include an ability to connect with virtually no air inclusion and disconnect with little or no spillage.

QuickJack quick-connect hoses

The floor jack like operation (roll under the vehicle) mandated a free standing style eliminated the need of anchoring, expensive concrete drilling or specialty anchoring services.
QuickJack requires no anchoring or drilling to assemble and use. In fact, after the initial assembly is completed, you need ZERO tools for setup and teardown.

To reduce weight a combination of an aluminum and steel tubular construction was selected for the lift’s rigid frame-like arrangement. All aluminum is brushed and the steel has durable powder coated finish. The rugged construction provides not only lightweight but also a superb stability and safety at all heights.
In selecting the best steel gauge for our garage lift, QuickJack took into consideration the two main factors that change as steel gauges increase and decrease: weight and strength. Finding the perfect gauge meant finding the “sweet spot” that allows our frames to lift your vehicle without being too heavy to easily transport. We chose 14-gauge steel because it meets our requirements for both strength and weight—the aforementioned “sweet spot.”

In case you were curious, 14-gauge steel is popular in many commercial enterprises. It’s used as the base for many professional work tables (butchers, restaurants, etc.) because it can withstand pounding, slamming, hammering and even heavy weights being thrown at it. Hefty, high-grade office desks are often made with 14-gauge steel because they won’t be easily pushed around or give way over time to pressure and abuse. Many other racks and frames, such as those you see in body shops that easily handle dozens of stacked tires, are constructed from 14-gauge steel.

Unlike other low-rise lifts, EZcarlift is designed to raise vertically rather than in an arc motion so it can be operated safely even in smallest work spaces.
The EZcarlift is referred to as a pantograph-style scissors lift, in which the lifting frames simulate “K” members. The EZcarlift travels in a true vertical direction, whereas the QuickJack’s parallelogram design travels horizontally about 8″-12″ as the lift ascends.

Furthermore, EZcarlift’s pantograph design may feature true vertical travel, but their small feet on the bottom of their lifting legs travel slightly across the floor and have a small contact patch. This can damage epoxy floor surfaces and plastic floor tiles.

QuickJack shift in movement is 8 to 12 inches

To operate EZcarlift simply roll it under the vehicle, then set the lift’s pads under the lifting points of your car, insert the electric corded drill into the lift’s drive and watch as all four wheels clear the floor in less than a minute – no heavy or multiple lifting required!
Rather than a hand drill, QuickJack features one-touch raising and lowering. You’d think such sophisticated technology would make QuickJack more expensive, but it’s simply not so. Unlike EZcarlift, QuickJack’s auto-locking mechanisms engage at the mid and max extension points, and raising your vehicle takes about 30 seconds. Just another reason our garage lift is the most convenient lift on the market.

EZcarlift’s free-standing open style design provides total accessibility from all sides. Its specially-designed legs take up less a lot less floor space than the common jack stands. At its maximum height, the lift’s open design provides unobstructed access to all areas of the cars underbody, just like the jack stands do.
QuickJack stows to a low 3” profile. EZcarlift is a 1-1/2″ higher. It may not seem like much, but 1-1/2” can make a big difference if you’re trying to slide it under a sports car. The QuickJack is easy to collapse and a lot easier to roll around and stow away, plus it allows full access to your vehicle’s undercarriage. EZcarlift claims “total accessibility,” but their cross braces block access to critical under car components.

There are a lot of “portable” lifts on the market. The problem, however, is that many of them weigh in at almost 1,000 lbs! The EZcarlift is different. It’s the only one of its kind that offers true portability and heavy lifting capability in a light weight package. Despite its outstanding load capacity of 4,400 lbs, it is the lightest lift on the market with a total weight of less than 145 lbs. fully assembled!
More propaganda mixed with some half-truths. Combined, the QuickJack frames weigh between 180-242 lbs. You’d hardly know it, however, by how easy the frames are to roll.

EZcarlift’s 4,400 lb.-lifting capacity is admirable, but QuickJack is more affordable and offers different models, so you have more options. So let’s say you need to lift a 4,000-lb. vehicle: the QuickJack BL-5000SLX is rated for 5,000 lbs. and costs $1,340. Given that our portable car lift is better-constructed, easier to use, and awarded an official safety rating by independent testing facilities, there’s no realistic justification for purchasing an EZcarlift over our model.

The only justification we can think of is the little extra headroom (26″ vs. QuickJack’s 20″), but we didn’t design the QuickJack to make you feel cramped—there’s plenty of room! For a visual reference, check out these videos to see a few nice angles of a car being lifted using QuickJack.

The EZcarlift is extremely compact – it measures less than 2.9 cu ft. and sits just 4″ tall when lowered for easy vehicle clearance.
QuickJack’s frames on our 5000SLX and 7000SLX models do run a little longer than EZcarlift’s, but we wouldn’t want to sacrifice quality and functionality for one less foot of frame. Both the QuickJack and EZcarlift have lifting points that adjust 60″.

It’s even been used as a picnic table and seating bench. The versatility and universality is limited only by your imagination!
EZcarlift is really bent on selling their portable car lift beyond its intended purpose. If you want a chair, buy a chair at your local supercenter for $20. Chairs are more comfortable to sit on than car lifts. If you want an amazingly safe and affordable garage lift that can raise pretty much any light-duty vehicle up to 7,000 lbs. with the touch of a button, go with QuickJack.

In Conclusion…

We have some final observations about EZcarlift that you should be aware of before making your decision on which garage lift is best for you.

EZcarlift’s cross braces virtually eliminate accessibility to critical undercarriage components, such as the exhaust system, drive shaft, and more. Sure, you could remove one of their cross braces, but that gains just 50% more access, and you’d be sacrificing the integrity of the lift’s support structure. Bad idea. Accessibility should never come at the expense of a safer portable car lift, so only QuickJack offers both total undercarriage access and safety certification to boot.

EZcarlift offers the use of shallow rubber pads to touch your lifting points and hold your car, whereas QuickJack offers both tall and short stackable rubber blocks that are much sturdier.

QuickJack lifting block vs EZcarlift rubber pad

EZcarlift’s tiny support legs concentrate loads on a small area, which can ruin epoxy floor, tiles, Swisstrax floors, etc. They also eliminate your ability to safely use your lift on dirt or gravel without the additional use of plywood, shoring, etc. Of course, if you’re willing to spend extra cash on accessories, EZcarlift will sell them to you. Their Soft Surface Kit, for example, is $74 plus tax, but the garage lift itself is already nearly $2,000. At some point, we should wonder why their engineering suffers so greatly relative to cost and functionality.

EZcarlift does not offer an SUV adapter kit, so if you have an SUV, we’re sorry you read this far before seeing this.

We just gave you a lot of information that we hope you find helpful. You’re making a big purchase when you make the decision to go from a traditional car jack and stand configuration to a portable car lift. If and when you do make the change, make the right choice and go with QuickJack. To summarize, here is a brief list of points that show the areas where QuickJack definitively beats out EZcarlift:

Feature

QuickJack™

EZcarlift™

Designed to work in tight spaces Yes No
Safety certification Yes No
Total undercarriage access (no cross beams) Yes No
Price Yes No
Quality of frame construction Yes No
Ease-of-use Yes No
Set-up and portability Yes No
Pressure against lifting points Yes No
Lifting capacity Yes No
Picnic Table No Yes

TL;DR: When QuickJack is compared with EZcarlift, we see QuickJack is the superior portable garage lift. EZcarlift’s cross braces virtually eliminate accessibility to critical undercarriage components, such as the exhaust system, drive shaft, and more. Accessibility should never come at the expense of a safer portable car lift, and only QuickJack offers both total undercarriage access and safety certification to boot. EZcarlift is also much more expensive, although we can’t figure out why, and does not offer free shipping.