Congratulations on making the right choice to attend SEMA 2016 in Fabulous Las Vegas. You’re going to have a blast, and to help you maximize your stay, we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you do SEMA the right way.
1. First things first… find a hotel off the Strip
While you might be tempted to stay in one of the more luxurious or establishment hotels along the famous Las Vegas Strip, there are dozens off clean and super-affordable rooms available nearby. Many of them are within walking distance to the major hotels (if twenty minutes of walking doesn’t bother you) or a short Uber/taxi ride over. Check out available rooms along Tropicana Ave, Paradise Rd and Flamingo Rd, in particular. You’ll save a LOT, which you’ll get to spend in the restaurants we’re going to recommend further down the list. You’ll be glad you did.
If you insist that money isn’t an issue, and you want to be in the heart of the action, pick any hotel that looks fun to you and stay there. Vegas owners are master marketers in representing each hotel as a unique experience, but honestly, they’re all kind of the same thing with different colored wallpaper and upholstery. The Cosmopolitan dresses with a more youthful swagger than Caesar’s Palace, but they’re both top-notch in terms of entertainment value. The Encore and Wynn have earned a reputation as the classiest joints in Vegas (for a price), but neither will comp your drinks at the bar, even if you gamble, thanks to a policy set forth by legendary fun-killer Steve Wynn himself.
If you’re really not sure where to stay or want to try a new experience, sleep off the Strip and play Downtown. You’ll have more fun, save money and probably eat better, too (if you follow our advice).
2. Be smart about lunch
This is actually kind of tricky. When you go to a big convention like SEMA, it’s hard to get a good deal on food. Exhibitors are charged up to $260 for convention-catered sandwiches and chips (12 lunches total) or around $25 for individual lunches. So, there’s that. If you’re in a booth, there’s probably not much you can do unless you leave your booth. (Not really an option, though, is it?)
Attendees might have a harder time finding food, but if you avoid the peak lunch hours, this link will show you a number of eateries that hopefully won’t be too packed. But hey, you’re going to SEMA. Embrace the crowd element. Have a beer. If you look at that list from above, you’ll notice a few pricier options mixed in with the deli/sandwich spots. We recommend avoiding the high-end steakhouses until the evening. We also suggest taking an hour for lunch each day, if you can. It’ll help keep you fresh and motivated for the long but exciting week ahead.
3. Wear proper footwear
SEMA is huge. There will be over 140,000 industry professionals in town this year, and you can expect a lot of walking to get around. Just about everybody who’s ever been says the most important thing you can do to enjoy SEMA is wear comfortable shoes.
You might also consider a backpack full of snacks, water, sunblock, a phone charger and whatever else you think you might save you a trip back to the room. Still, pack light.
4. See as many New Products as you can
Now that we’ve covered sleep, food and shoes, let’s get to the car stuff. Whether you’re a newcomer or longtime SEMA aficionado, the New Products Showcase is your chance to see the latest auto tech before anyone else. There are a lot of invigorating products unveiling this year, including a device that turns your mobile phone into a voltmeter, a V12 boutique engine that’s the size of a V8, specialty power tools, luxury wheels, performance tires, etc. Spend a day or two exploring the latest and greatest auto tech and gear, and you’re sure to fall in love with cars all over again.
Speaking of love, SEMA has one amazing feature for its new products that seems to have been inspired by wedding registries. Basically, attendees will have a scanner they’ll take with them around the floor. When you see a product you like, simply scan it. When you’re all done, take your scanner to a desk, and a SEMA representative will connect your scanner to a printer and provide you with a hard copy of every product you scanned, as well as company contact information to help you get in touch with the makers of each product you want to order or learn more about. It’s little things like this that make a huge difference in the experience, and you’ll see why so many thousands of industry insiders return to SEMA year after year.
5. Visit a ton of returning and featured exhibitions
Many of the big names out there are returning for a reason: they’re wildly successful among customers and continue to update and upgrade their products. QuickJack falls into this category, and we will be prominently featured with not just one, but two booths! One will be at indoor booth 16621 and the other at outdoor booth 61007. We’re very, very excited to announce that QuickJack has a huge surprise in store for attendees who make it to our outdoor exhibit, so we encourage everyone to take advantage of this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Best of all, we will be offering a time-sensitive discount on all QuickJack purchases, available exclusively to SEMA attendees.
Spread the word!
There are, of course, hundreds of other booths to visit, and you should check out this complete list of exhibitors and see what interests you. You’ll find everything from car-safe pet beds to new-and-improved deodorizing vent clips. Floor jacks, car lifts and other techy innovations ranging from cute to absurd to awe-inspiring will all be there.
6. Attend special events and educational sessions
To get the most out of your visit, it’s wise to incorporate a few informative sessions into your schedule. We recommend at least one per day. It’s great to walk around and see what there is to see (because there’s a lot to see), but that can get a little repetitive and tiring over the course of four full days. Get off your feet and engage with industry experts. There are so many sessions to choose from, the best thing you can do is check them out for yourself. Each session is held by an expert in their field, and this is the best way to surround yourself with like-minded individuals in your field.
7. Gorge on two nice dinners (and a buffet)
If you’re going to do some spending, you’ll have a more memorable experience if you spend on food rather than lodgings. Lucky for you, Vegas is the land of fine dining. There’s also an In-N-Out Burger right on the strip. If you’ve never had that before and want to see what the hype is all about, prepare to be mildly disappointed.
Since you’re not necessarily at SEMA to “party,” you probably want to get the most out of your precious downtime by traveling as little as possible. Caesar’s Palace is a great central hub for that: MESA Grill and Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill are both can’t-go-wrong options. (Don’t poo-poo the foie gras until you try it.) If you can make it Downtown, there’s arguably no better deal in Vegas than Hugo’s Cellar, located in the Four Queens Hotel. Grocery options are also available if you want to keep things on the cheap, but if you really want to do it right, close your eyes, pick a direction and keep walking until you come across one of any hundred-or-so famous all-you-can-eat Vegas buffets. They’re literally everywhere and it’s hard to choose wrong. The Bellagio offers the most famous of them all, arguably, but you do you.
Hello world. It’s good to meet you. I’m Jack, your personal QuickJack assistant. I was hired by QuickJack to handle the “tough” side of business that comes with selling a butt-kicking product like QuickJack. And I mean that literally. We’ve already kicked our competitors’ butts so hard, they might need softer creepers just to handle the bruising. Sorry ’bout that.
Anyway, part of the reason I’m here is to make sure the world knows exactly what QuickJack is up to and how we’re making garages like yours better, safer places to work. It’s serious fun being the voice of QuickJack, so I get to tease you with little gems like this: we have a few BIG (and fun, and hilarious) surprises coming out before the end of the year, so now is the perfect time to stay locked in with all things QuickJack. I can’t tell you everything just yet, but I can say this: QuickJack has the attention of some big players out there, and we’re 100% sure than the final quarter of 2016 is going to get you excited about this portable car jack, whether or not you already own one.
By now you know that QuickJack is changing garages worldwide with a product that’s faster, safer and more fun to use than those crappy old floor jacks you still see in most garages. I mean, seriously, who in their right mind would rather crank a jack and set a stand when they could do the same job by pushing a button and lifting their vehicle in 30 seconds or less.
No one, that’s who.
My most important job is to answer your questions and show you amazing things about QuickJack that you might not know. Basically, I’m here to get you ready to kick some butt and have a lot of fun in your garage.
If you have a story about how QuickJack changed your life, don’t be selfish! Share the love and drop that comment below.
Till next time,
P.S. Be sure to follow us @QuickJackUSA on Twitter and Facebook! We keep it light and make sure you stay in the loop when it comes to all things QuickJack.
Before we get into the advantages of car lifts, we need to address the worried elephant in the room. We’ll call him Steve. Everybody say, “Hi, Steve.”
Steve travels the globe to perform his one-man balancing act—an argument that falsely claims jack stands to be just as safe and stable as other car-hoisting methods. As Steve tries to balance fictitious claim after fictitious claim about jack stands, car lifts, physics, etc., the foundation of his argument becomes harder and harder for him to stand on. (That’s Steve pictured above, balancing upon his ball of bad logic and misinformation.)
There are many “Steves” in the world. He writes to us on Facebook. He’s savvy on the car-talk forums. We see Steve at trade shows, often keeping his safe distance while he munches happily on his mustard-covered corn dog and overpriced chili cheese fries.
Truth be told, Steve is a knowledgeable car fanatic, long-time DIY mechanic and all-around skeptic, and he always says what’s on his mind. Most relevant to this discussion, Steve is not sold on the idea of car lifts replacing his jack stands. Not at all.
At a recent trade show, we caught up with a few Steves who asked us some very Steve-like questions. We feel that. Generally speaking, there are three versions of Steve. There’s “What’s The Point Steve,” “But-But-But Steve” and of course, “Steve The Convert.” Whatever their gripes may be, they’ve come to right place for answers.
Steve 1.0: “What’s the point?”
Steve finishes his lunch. Still glowering, he confidently strides toward the QuickJack exhibit. His arms are crossed. As he begins talking, he stuffs his hands into his pocket, shoulders contracted tightly around his neck. For Steve, this is where small-talk comes to die. He hits us with it: “Uh, why not just use jack stands? I really don’t see what the point of this is.”
None of us at QuickJack will ever say that jack stands don’t work, as they are fitted beneath cars successfully every day. That being said, a 2015 U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report concluded that 13,000 car-jack-related injuries occur each year. The report does not specify if the use of stands (as opposed to just the jack) is included in consideration of the statistic. Despite the solid experience and safety knowledge held by people like Steve, many thousands are still getting hurt doing things as routine as changing a tire. Examples of many sad stories related to jack failure can be found here and here.
On the other hand, QuickJack has been around for several years now, and we have yet to encounter any horror stories about sudden failure and/or catastrophic injury related to QuickJack. QuickJack’s safety record is no coincidence. As the frames of our car lift rise, you will hear a clean, efficient clink when the rugged tubular-steel arms automatically engage and clutch onto welded-steel safety locks. This fail-safe device delivers an added dose of safety, engaging either the mid or upper-level lock.
Now compare the lock release mechanism on the QuickJack to the release handles found on regular jack stands. The image below shows QuickJack’s silver, half-moon shaped release cam (bottom-center frame) purposely co-joined with the safety lock bars. The only way to physically disengage the tandem load-bearing lock bars is to re-energize the hydraulics by pressing UP on the remote control, then activating the release cam devices, basically rolling them over to the release position.
The release cams, when positioned in the “unlocked” (lowering) mode, act as an extra set of hands, gracefully guiding the lock bars up and over the solid steel lock blocks as the lift frames descend.
This is the only way to release the locks, so you never need to worry about bumping or knocking QuickJack around, just to have your Mazda, Camry, Ferrari, Corvette, etc. come crashing violently down on top of you.
Now take a look your average jack stand. While it’s foolish to even consider car jacks without using the stands, 13,000 injuries a year says it all. People still do it.
The release handles on typical jack stands, featured right, are entirely different. They need only the simple upward tap of a finger (or accidental nudge) to release the slender pawl from the petite ratchet notches. Although convenient, they’re not quite as fail-safe as QuickJack’s auto-lock design. In the event of a sudden and unexpected drop of a stand, jack stands offer no secondary backup to prevent your car from crashing to the ground.
Additionally, jack stands require repetitive checking, re-checking and triple-checking of their placement, and that gets cumbersome, time-consuming and stressful—FAST. People everywhere we look are simply sick of jack stands and wind up turning to car lifts for a better solution.
Let’s just say for argument sake that the dual safety lock bars collapsed on your QuickJack (remember, just for argument’s sake—like that could even be possible) with your car securely raised. What would happen then? Both the lift and your car would gently descend as the pair of hydraulic cylinders, acting as load-supporting shock absorbers (of sorts), would gracefully release fluid through a controlled velocity fuse (integrated valves), lowering your car to the ground.
There’s no sudden collapsing and slipping like you see with failed floor jacks and misplaced jack stands, and it surely would not be instant, violent or deadly.
“Nothing is perfect,” says Steve, softening his once-withering glare into genuine concern. “That’s just life. Things go wrong. But what exactly happens if the hydraulics fail?”
Good question, Steve. In the worst-case scenario, if QuickJack loses significant fluid pressure, nothing would happen; the frames would go nowhere, as they’d be resting securely on the safety lock blocks. With the arms engaged, QuickJack is fully certified to safely hold a vehicle indefinitely.
Furthermore, QuickJack’s ground-contact surface area is over 5x that of jack stands. Fig. 1 below shows the surface area that QuickJack covers on the ground, and Fig. 2 shows the approximate surface area covered by conventional jack stands. It’s simply physics that covering more surface area increases stability and reduces pressure when objects are subject to heavy load.
To make matters even worse for jack stands, the narrower base and vertical rise of the ratchet arm make jack stands easy to tip in all four directions (side-to-side and front-to-back). Even with the weight of a vehicle applying pressure and supplying additional security, they can still be kicked or bumped out of place. On the other hand, it’s virtually impossible to tip over QuickJack length-wise, with or without weight, and darn near impossible to tip it over side-to-side with zero weight added.
Of course, applying downward force from a vehicle makes it all but impossible to knock QuickJack out of place from its sides, as well. Simply put, superior engineering makes QuickJack verifiably safer than traditional jack stands.
So, Steve: you have 13,000 injuries a year with floor jacks vs. QuickJack that has yet to report a single instance of catastrophic failure leading to severe injury or death. But just so no one thinks we’re being light on the issue of safety with our product, we insist all QuickJack operators fully read and understand the QuickJack owner’s manual before installation and/or use; car lifts are not toys, and all recommended safety measures must be taken to ensure a safe lift. Whew!
“Thanks,” says Steve, whose eye is suddenly caught by an attractive car model across the floor. “I’ll think about it.”
Steve 2.0: “Those are some fancy words.”
The next Steve we encounter is a little friendlier at the onset of our conversation, but we can tell that, much like our first Steve, he doesn’t want to waste his time with chitter-chatter. “It’s good marketing,” he says, a half-smile creeping over the left side of his face, “but… BUT… 14-gauge steel, hydraulic cylinders, auto-locking safety arms, velocity fuses, all this is just supposed to make me ooh and ahh?”
We know where Steve is coming from. Countless products are thrown past our eyes and ears; in a given day, we see hundreds of ads, marketing ploys and market-tested (“mother-approved”), wallet-grabbing schemes. To Steve, QuickJack is just another flash in the pan, the next latest and greatest fad “you just can’t live without.” If only it were so simple, Steve.
We know most, if not all, responsible DIY’ers could live without car lifts. So could you! Just like you could live without a microwave, smart phone, Bluetooth stereo, that microchip you implant in your dog in case it gets over the fence, etc. And Steve, that suitcase you’re rolling around the trade show floor and tripping people with… why not just carry it? Do you really need those wheels to move your things?
Each of these items makes life a little better in its own way: microwaves save time; smart phones are now ingrained into how we live; Bluetooth brings personalized streaming music stations to your daily commute; Rover is returned home in minutes and you let him lick your face, even though you have no idea where he’s been.
This isn’t just hype (although we do love us some hype). While we work hard to get the word out on QuickJack, our customers are doing most of the work for us, boasting about QuickJack across the web. Our glowing reviews pop up all over car-talk web forums. In order to present a small sample as authentically as possible, they have been edited for space but not spelling/grammar.
They said it, we didn’t. (We have plenty more where these came from.)
Will never go back to jack and jackstands, way too cumbersome and with more potential to damage the car’s lift points, plus jack barely fits under the carstock, and wouldn’t fit at all now with the lip on it. It’s very nice to have total access to the underside of your vehicle. – Vracer111, Honda Tech
I have a QuickJack and absolutely love it. Fits car pefectly and is very easy to use. Never use a regular jack anymore when at home – Eric5280, Rennlist
I have a quickjack and love it! I can’t believe that I didn’t buy it sooner. It lifts the car a lot higher than jack stands and is so quick. I have even left my car jacked up on it for a week lol. – evo8904, Mustang6G
We have liftoff!! This thing is amazing!!! — burnt350, Nissan 370Z
No wobbles. I feel it’s much safer than jack stands. — Nathanbrummer@SCS, Mustang6G
Had a cheap… jackstand collapse.Lucky no damage or death, since there was a secondary protocol set in place..if you consider a log a protocol. At this price point it’s worth every penny, I mean let’s face it it’s only your life. – Jay F, Facebook comment
Steve 3.0: More “But-but-but…”
QuickJack’s goal is to take the mystery out of car lifts and present you with simple, transparent facts about QuickJack’s rigorous testing procedures. All the tests undergone by QuickJack are completely necessary. DO NOT accept anything less than a lift provider that has years of extensive experience in structural engineering and structural component analysis. They MUST be able to provide the following for all of their machinery:
Structural engineering calculations and an analysis of the entire design per AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction), as well as a full report on the carrying capacities of all load-bearing structural components.
Finite element analysis of all load-bearing structural components.
Structural stability analyses (e.g. nonlinear buckling analysis) to make sure that the lift structure and all mechanical components do not buckle, even under absolute worst-case loading conditions.
Car lifts, as conveniences, will save you save time, reduce the overall effort you put into repairs, improve your own personal safety and preserve the well-being of your vehicle. But there’s something that gets lost in all of this. When used according to factory standards, QuickJack, like other car lifts, is safer than any jack stand on the market. And we’re willing to prove it.
Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure,” It is our duty, as practical calculators, to prevent the liar from “figuring.” In other words, to prevent the Steves of the world from perverting the truth in the interest of some unfounded or ego-centric theory they wish to establish. How can we do this? By being absolutely fair and totally transparent.
The blue-and-green image with the color-coded scale you see on the right is called an FEA (finite element analysis). It represents the force a given vehicle will apply against QuickJack, measured in PSI (pounds per square inch). Our engineers utilize these reports, as well as long-math equations, in order to determine any pressure points, structural weakness, areas for improve, etc. In other words, we cut no corners and spare no expense to ensure QuickJack is of the finest structural integrity.
So what are we looking at? The image shows QuickJack resting at its lower lock level. The blue indicates a minimal amount of pressure; we see most pressure is applied at the contact points between QuickJack and the floor (which makes sense in terms of both the involved physics and common sense), while some pressure areas are in the middle, or “green,” section near the frame trays. It makes sense that the points at which QuickJack is applying force up against the vehicle are the points at which it experiences the most pressure.
The important thing to note is the dispersal of force across the frame structure. Car lifts only last as long as their parts, and with QuickJack, no one area experiences excessive forces. This means you can leave a vehicle lifted indefinitely, and QuickJack won’t fail due to frame collapse, and the risk of frame failure essentially remains zero. At the max rise position, QuickJack is even safer than it is at the lower lock position, as the frame experiences minimal horizontal stress.
To Steve and everyone else, we say this: FEA reports are not usually materials used for marketing. They’re kind of “boring” (we don’t think so) and alienating to some folks. Of course, there’s something else at play here. Your floor jack and jack stand manufacturers, in addition to other car lifts on the market, often don’t conduct or don’t want you to see their reports. If they did, they’d rethink their fluffy marketing strategy to look a little more like ours: fact-driven, verifiable and third-party tested at all times. Mic drop.
Steve 4.0: “You got me. How can I buy one today?” (The Convert)
And last but not least, our favorite Steve of all. QuickJack can be purchased right from our site, of course! Make sure to take your vehicle measurements before you call, so we can set you up with the model that best fits your lifting needs. Thanks, Steve!
Ladies and gentleman, the elephant has left the building.
TL;DR: Some people are skeptical that QuickJack is as good as we say. They offer a few objections, but ultimately, most people are won over when we show them our safety features, engineering reports and overall ease-of-use compared to traditional jack stands. People who buy QuickJack tend to promote it themselves on car forums and among friends because they’re so happy with it.
If you recently bought or own a QuickJack portable car lift, you signed up for years of fantastic service on your vehicle(s). This you know. Unwittingly, you also signed up for a lot of public attention. We would be remiss in sending you out in the world with a brand new car lift if we didn’t take the time to go over the trials and tribulations you will face alone in the wake of your purchase.
“Trials and tribulations? Isn’t that a bit harsh?”
If only… if only. Be advised that not everyone out there is ready for QuickJack, but we can make sure you’re ready for everyone’s questions. If you’re a QuickJack owner, read this article and take heart! You’ll finally get a full night’s sleep, knowing you’ll never again be at a loss for words when someone asks you number 5 on this list. (The nerve!) You’ll never find yourself standing alone in the grocery aisle, holding a carton of eggs you don’t even remember picking out, just because someone had the audacity to spit number 3 right in your face. (The horror!) We at QuickJack regret to say that the burden of answering these questions falls on you. If you ask not what your vehicle lift community can do for you, but what you can do to get people to stop staring, then we have all the help you’ll need to reclaim that chunk of your sanity.
1. If that’s a portable car lift, where’s the supporting crossbeam?
This is actually a great question that we at QuickJack get every day, but we understand how you, the private citizen, would get tired of hearing it. Here’s our official 5-second elevator speech on stability:
The electric-hydraulic motor works like any hydraulic two-post or four-post lift, equally pressurizing the frames with a steady stream of fluid so both frames rise evenly and at the same time. The lock bar on the side of each frame automatically locks the frame in place.
You can also make a $50.00 bet to random strangers passing on the street that they can’t push your car over once it’s lifted. That’s a free dinner and a movie for two. Just saying.
2. Aren’t you scared it’s going to fall over?
Kind of like #1, but this time putting your dignity at stake. Scared? SCARED? Tell them this:
QuickJack has the highest safety rating in its class. The CE certification mark is only given to car lifts that pass incredibly strict safety guidelines. There’s no record of a properly operated QuickJack failing, so unless I use it on a slope or brittle, unstable flooring, the car is locked up there until I release it. Now leave me, peasant: I grow bored with you.
For the full effect, make sure you really stick that ending.
3. Haven’t you ever heard of car jacks and jack stands?
This is kind of a ridiculous question to ask someone who is busy wrenching under a car, but some in the QuickJack community seem to hear it anyway. If you own a portable car lift, we have to believe you’re already familiar with car jacks, stands, lift points, lift capacities and probably most undercarriage and maintenance-related tasks under the sun. The best way to answer this question (without being sarcastic, which is frankly still on the table) is to ask yourself, “What made me abandon car jacks and stands for QuickJack?” You can take it from there.
4. Do you mind if I borrow it for the weekend? Come on. I’m good for it!
Honestly, you’re on your own here. Is this an equal trade partnership? Do they have something they can offer you in return, now or in the foreseeable future? Or are we talking about “that guy” who you should never, ever listen to no matter what he says. Everyone knows that guy. We tend to have mixed feelings about that guy. Would you trust that guy with a portable car lift? You’ll know best, so best of luck making the right decision. We wouldn’t want to be you.
5. How do you know that it’s high quality?
If they’ve never heard of Ranger Products and don’t know that we’re a division of BendPak, we understand the confusion. We’re not here to name names or point fingers, but there are a lot of lift manufacturers that make BIG claims about the quality of their product without offering proof. The CE mark is essential to proving the superior quality of our portable lift design, especially with regards to standard EN-1493. We don’t say this because we have it—we have it because it’s the standard that matters.
We could also point out our rugged 14-gauge stainless steel welded frames are heavier-duty than just about every portable car lift we’ve come across. Simply invite your questioner to touch the frames and gently toe-tap them. May even give ‘em a little kick. You can even invite them to lift and roll a collapsed frame by the end handle. Seeing QuickJack on TV or the Internet is one thing—actually getting your hands on ours is another story.
6. How can a remote control lift a car?
The person asking this question is ready to give in and admit the cold, hard truth: QuickJack is awesome. Sometimes people get stubborn and keep on objecting, even though they’ve made up their minds. An old sales saying goes, “An objection is an unanswered question in the mind of the buyer.” Your questioner is looking for you to sell them on QuickJack because they want to buy one! So do us a favor, will you? If you’re happy with your QuickJack you bought from us and the level of customer service we offer, put in the good word and tell them to reach out to us for more info.
You could also give them a brief lesson on the power of hydraulics and how they apply to car lifts, if you want. And if you’re a really generous soul, you’ll even let them press the Up button, and you’ll see if they aren’t impressed. We’re just not that generous with our button. No one touches our button.
7. Why didn’t you get a full-sized lift?
Car lifts are great investments, and we’re affiliated with the best car lifts in the business for anyone interested in going that route. The truth is that more people are working with car jacks and stands than car lifts for two reasons:
1) Two-post and four-post car lifts costs more than portable car lifts.
2) Full-sized lifts take up more space and are bulky and permanent.
Just one of those two reasons is enough to look for alternative options. Full-sized lifts cost at least several hundred dollars more than QuickJack (they are often twice as expensive or more), and that doesn’t include installation and delivery freight/unloading fees that many customers have to pay when having a full-sized lift delivered.
The fact is, most DIY hobbyists and shop owners have cars, light trucks and/or SUVs that weigh less than 7,000 lbs. QuickJack is sold in 3,500 / 5,000 / 7,000-lb. capacities, which makes it a perfectly serviceable lift for almost every car owner or body shop that’s out there. Just a reminder: never use any car lift to lift a vehicle that is too heavy for the unit. Know your limits!
Now that you know how to handle the 7 most dead-serious-important questions QuickJack owners are likely to receive, we want to hear your thoughts. How do you deal with nosy neighbors and curious passers-by? If you have a story, funny thing that happened to you or you’re just bored sometimes and feel like talking about cars, head over to our Facebook page and let’s talk shop: QuickJack on Facebook.
TL;DR: People who have never seen QuickJack but work on cars from home are often confused by our product. This portable car lift is so different than anything they’ve seen before, they don’t know what to make of it. Naturally, they ask a lot of questions. We put together a list of commonly asked questions all QuickJack owners will face at some point or another.
QuickJack is turning a lot of heads with its forward-thinking design. A reaction we get sometimes that makes us chuckle: “This car lift has no crossbeams? Get out!”
There’s a reason, however, that QuickJack has the best safety rating in its class (something we refer to often, because it matters), and it’s not just the high-grade 14-gauge steel frames or two-stage auto-engaging safety locks. Those are crucial aspects of the QuickJack, but something that doesn’t get talked about as much is QuickJack’s patented hydraulic design. So why did we design QuickJack this way?
A Hydraulic lift is much, much easier to use
It’s so easy to raise a vehicle on QuickJack that our competitors are simply left with one option: to try to convince you that our design is “flimsy.” We’ll call that “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too” marketing, and it’s a fear mongering tactic. In other words, they want you to think that if our lift is so easy, so simple and so convenient, we must have sacrificed quality and safety.
Dwight Schrute says false!
Very false! Hydraulic fluid works by exerting pressure in one direction when force is applied to the fluid. QuickJack uses common hydraulic fluid that is non-compressible, non-toxic and long-lasting. It’s also more reliable than mechanical structuring because it eliminates serviceable cables, chains, gears, etc. We also ship every QuickJack unit with zero-leak flush face hose fittings to ensure no fluids spill out. The quick-connect hoses and portable power unit are very simple to manage. It’s so much easier to raise a car lift when the electric/hydraulic motor does all the work for you. Some of our competitors require the use of a large hydraulic jack or power drill. We simply ask you to press the “Up” or “Down” button. Our safety locks automatically engage, so there are no extra steps necessary to keep your nose clean under there. How easy is QuickJack to operate? Check out this home video submitted by a satisfied customer:
One of the reasons people switch to our car lift over traditional car jacks and jack stands is the technological convenience we offer, which is unrivaled by virtually every other company in the car lift industry. It’s no surprise that the hydraulic lift design, which is already commonplace in less portable car lifts (two-post, four-post, scissor and parking lifts, to name a few), is changing the way people see DIY and professional auto service. This is something we’re very excited about. And it brings us to one of QuickJack’s signature features: the absent crossbeam.
Hydraulic fluid ensures an even lift every time
Every portable hydraulic power unit—you choose AC or DC—contains a built-in hydraulic flow divider for precise equalized lifting. The flow divider is arguably QuickJack’s unsung hero, because without that technology, we couldn’t provide a truly open-center design with no crossbeams whatsoever—one of QuickJack’s most important, unique and convenient features. The hydraulic power unit isn’t just a nifty device to make us look cool; it also contributes to a safer, more sophisticated and more elegant car lift design. You don’t need bulky steel frames to be safe with your car lift.
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TL;DR: Hydraulic lifts offer many advantages over mechanical lifts. They’re simpler, less prone to breaking and extremely resistant to sudden, catastrophic collapse. They also lift with the touch of a button.
Thanks for making it to our site! First off, let us say one thing: if you browse the Why QuickJack page on our website, you’ll find a whole bunch of reasons we think QuickJack is a revolutionary car jack. We’re not shy about facing up to our competitors, either, so don’t be surprised when you see some brutally honest, stats-driven comparisons to EZcarlift™ (a main portable car jack competitor trying to get your attention, as well as other car jack options.)
The seven-second video below shows someone trying to push a car off our car jack. We encourage you to watch it to get a sense of how safe you’ll be during maintenance with QuickJack.
QuickJack Stability Video
In the video, the car you see is not raised to QuickJack’s max extension—we’re working on getting you a video that shows a vehicle being shoved atop a fully-risen QuickJack. (It won’t fall—promise.) In fact, our engineers even tell us that physics works in favor of QuickJack’s safety at the full rise position. Ladies and gentlemen, safety is not an issue with our portable car jack, and no jack stand is necessary when you use it. QuickJack’s automatic safety locks fall neatly into place at the mid and max extension points, providing an additional level of safety assurance.
Want more proof that Quick Jack is the safest portable car jack on the market?
We’re not making empty “sales talk” at you guys. QuickJack is safer than something like EZcarlift or the many other car jack options out there because we have the only independently-awarded safety certification that matters for any advanced car jack: the rigorous 98/37/EC Machinery Directive and the Harmonized Standard for vehicle lifts, EN-1493. You can read more about our QuickJack safety certification. There’s no other portable car jack that can brag about that.
So yes, QuickJack is safer, less expensive and more portable than the competition. QuickJack also promises the following: it has no crossbeams whatsoever; features weight capacity options of 3,500 lbs. / 5,000 lbs. / 7,000 lbs.; rises to its full height 20″ in 30 seconds with the touch of a button; engages automatic safety locks at the mid and max levels; shows a low 3″ profile when collapsed; constructed from high-grade, 14-gauge cold-formed steel; makes your life as a DIY’er easier and more enjoyable.
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.We 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
– 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
– Information for use
– 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.
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
60 lb. / 27 kg
76 lb. / 34 kg
91 lb. / 41 kg
35 lb. / 16 kg
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…
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!
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.
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.
Lifting Height (frame only)
Max Lifting Height
Max Lifting Point Spread
Min Lifting Point Spread
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Designed to work in tight spaces
Total undercarriage access (no cross beams)
Quality of frame construction
Set-up and portability
Pressure against lifting points
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.
QuickJack’s designers and engineers created a new garage lift with one simple goal in mind: to get drivers under their cars safely, quickly and efficiently. In fact, QuickJack was primarily designed for racers who get tired of dancing with floor jacks and jack stands after each race.
A typical support team’s duty for the weekend is strenuous and repetitive. Just think about it. First the car needs to be made ready. Get the floor jack set up, stands in place and tires off, then back to the floor jack, remove the stands and of course, see the car safely lowered. Then it’s practice time. This means get the floor jack set up, stands in place and tires off, then back to the floor jack, remove the stands and of course, see the car safely lowered. Time to qualify! Get the floor jack set up, stands in place and tires off, then back to the floor jack, remove the stands and of course, see the car safely lowered. Now it’s Saturday. Get the floor jack set up, stands in place and tires off, then back to the floor jack, remove the stands and of course, see the car safely lowered. And yes, the final race. Get the floor jack set up, stands in place and tires off, then back to the floor jack, remove the stands and of course, see the car safely lowered.
QuickJack eliminates all that bending, crouching, pumping, cranking, sweating and (see above) repetition. You will have all your wheels off before other teams have their cars in the air.
Compared to virtually every other garage lift on the market, lifting your car 20” off the ground in 30 seconds with our remote control is also pretty fun, right? For some of our older customers, or those with movement-restricting disabilities or injuries, the push-button lifting technology has opened accessibility to DIY car work to a wider audience than at any point in history. QuickJack doesn’t change how you work, but it makes the job a heck of a lot easier.
So why QuickJack? For one, we felt that garage lift technology has fallen behind. In 2016, for all our good old-fashioned American ingenuity, many of us are still lifting cars the way our grandfather did when he changed the tires on his thousand-year-old deathtrap jalopy that he swore he could keep running another 20,000 miles. And if we’re being honest, car jacks and jack stands like the one he used will always be around. They’re small, portable and generally reliable when used with a jack stand. That being said, old-fashioned car jacks have a tendency to fail, and car lift failure is not something we at QuickJack think you need to be worried about when you’re underneath your car. We knew we could do better.
People who are resistant to change might say, “I don’t need QuickJack when my car jack and stands work just fine.” Well, opening those old spring-loaded garage doors by hand didn’t take that much effort or time, either. Little things like electric garage door openers and the QuickJack simply turn out to be a very much appreciated convenience.
A few portable car jacks have emerged in the last decade or so, but QuickJack is awarded EC Certification according to the coveted EN-1493 safety standard. This was the golden safety standard for us, so we’re very proud to have achieved it.
With our safety plug handled—which QuickJack puts first and foremost, no exceptions—we can compare out features to those of other car lifts and see the QuickJack is always the superior option. EZcarlift™ is often discussed amongst our prospective buyers alongside QuickJack, yet this lift still requires the use of a slow, annoying hand drill; its cross beams will interfere with critical undercarriage work; it’s expensive; it’s not EC-certified like QuickJack; and it requires a full car width next to your car to slide under it.
We knew we could do better. Two-post and four-post lifts are great, but they’re bulky and expensive. Even MaxJax™, a safe and reliable two-post portable car lift, which offers 52” inches of clearance, is significantly more expensive than QuickJack. Many times with multiple cars parked side by side under a canopy, there is simply little or no room to easily navigate a floor jack or floor jack handle.
We knew we could make something new. QuickJack’s demand has been through the roof, and it’s all we can do to try to keep our supply up with what’s currently being ordered. Our fan base is raving about QuickJack. For years, a gap has existed between the garage lift technology that was being offered and the public desire for innovation. QuickJack has filled that gap, and we’re proud to offer incredible customer service as you decide with us which garage lift is best for you. We know you’re considering QuickJack for a reason.
We know you’re going to love us. We thought we might mention… you will get a lot of attention. Not sure if it’s a good thing, but you will be the talk of the paddock area or wherever you’re lifting your car.
TL;DR: We invented QuickJack in order to provide a safer, more efficent and easy-to-use car jacking system to customers tired of car jacks and jack stands. If you can’t afford or fit a full-size car lift, QuickJack is the perfect solution to access every part of your car without worrying about it tipping over, nor do you need to worry about the jack failing.
The best way to find out what makes QuickJack so different is to look at our competition. QuickJack is not your average neighborhood garage lift. One of our competitors, EZcarlift™, says their product is “just like a floor jack.” Well, we at Ranger ask, “What the heck is the point of offering more of what people already have?”
The Ranger QuickJack portable car lift is unique in this business from head to toe (err… from end to end… bumper to bumper… OK you get the idea). And we can prove it by comparing our product to the other guys.
The EZcarlift™ is a relatively simple design, which is why we’re asking, “Why the high price?” Their portable car lift will suck $1,995 out of your pocket for its one and only model. So you must be getting the best for your money, right? Let’s look at the numbers. Its lifting capacity is 4,000 lbs., which is only 500 lbs. more than QuickJack’s baseline model that costs under $1,125. By the way, QuickJack offers models that can lift up 7,000 lbs., which means our portable car lift system is designed to give you the best customer service possible. We believe that no two customers are the same, while EZcarlift™ is hoping you fit with their “one-size-fits-all” model. Final thought here: EZcarlift™ requires the use of a cumbersome hand drill to raise and lower your vehicle, while QuickJack can be raised and lowered with the simple touch of a button. QuickJack is fun, reliable, and easy to use. Call us today at (888) 262-3880 and find out which QuickJack portable car lift model is best for you.
The MaxJax™ is different than both EZcarlift™ and QuickJack in its design, as it is really more of a portable two-post car lift. Still, they really gear themselves toward the home market, so let’s look at what they offer the average Joe. Price is a really sticky factor here. Their packages range from $2,000-$2,240 and come with a max lifting capacity of 6,000 lbs. Yikes! That means their BEST offer falls 1,000 lbs. short of QuickJack’s highest lifting-capacity model, and that same offer costs nearly $250 more than QuickJack’s highest-priced model. Just like with EZcarlift™, MaxJax™ offers only one model, so regardless of what your specific needs may be, you only have one option. And check this out: QuickJack boasts an incredible 60-second stow-to-go time, whereas MaxJax™ advertises that it takes a whopping 15 minutes to stow their product and be on your way. Come on, now! QuickJack offers a higher quality portable car lift at a lower price. Our competition simply can’t compete with our technological innovations. The QuickJack portable car lift system is the only portable car jack you will ever need.
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We won’t go into specific brands here, but since most people who buy a car jack are dealing with the old-school manual pumping method, you should know the pros and cons of this portable car lift type. First of all, there’s no getting around it—this is the cheapest way to go. You can buy a manual car jack for under $100, and they can run you over $200. But remember… you get what you pay for. These portable car jacks have extremely limited functionality. They may be a workable quick-fix option for a blown roadside tire, but you can’t do much else with it. Even if you take the time to position multiple jacks to get your car off the ground and do some work, you’re trusting your vehicle… and your life… with cheap discount equipment. There’s no money back guarantee worth an extended hospital stay. It’s 2016 and the technology is out there to make you safer and more productive. QuickJack offers a safe, reliable, fun, easy-to-use portable car lift that won’t burn an enormous hole in your pocket, and it comes with the name Ranger on it, so you know it’s been tested using the most rigorous standards on the market. Don’t be fooled by lower-quality car lifts that charge MORE to offer you LESS. Go with QuickJack.
Big purchases are called investments for a reason: the financial payoff usually comes down the road, and they aren’t easy decisions. If you’re going to spend $800+ on any type of equipment, such as a portable car lift, you want to be sure you get what you pay for. There are so many garage lifts and car jacks out there, and the QuickJack is hardly the first. But we are proud to call ourselves the BEST portable car lift. The good news is that our customers actually pay less on day one, compared to our competitors. Our baseline portable car lift model costs under $900. You won’t find quality at that price anywhere else. If your lifting capacity needs take you beyond our baseline model’s capabilities, our competitive pricing on our other QuickJack models means you’re still paying less than the competition… and getting more!
2. Save more in the long run
QuickJack embraces the DIY community because we come from the DIY community. Auto shops—even when you finally manage to find a good one—are expensive. (Seriously, it’s ridiculous.) If the only thing preventing you from saving thousands on labor and body shop-ordered parts is a safe, reliable portable car lift, QuickJack is the name you can trust to get the job done. Car detailing, tire changes, steering alignments, complete undercarriage access, you name it. With an open-center design, chances are the QuickJack portable car lift is the only garage lift you’ll ever need. Because all QuickJack models are made from powerful 14-gauge welded steel frames, you never have to worry about this car lift failing on you when it’s properly used. Remember in point #1 when we said QuickJack is an investment? You’re investing in a product that’s going to last and save you thousands down the road.
3. Designed for optimum efficiency
With a simple touch of a push-button, QuickJack raises to its maximum height extension in just 30 seconds. No hand drills, cranks, or pumps required on this car lift! Plus, QuickJack boasts a 60-second stow to go time, which means when you’re ready to get to work, you can set up your garage lift in less time than it takes to pump your own gas. And when you’re raising your baby on your lift (still talking about your car here), QuickJack’s automatic safety locks engage to keep your cargo secure. When you’re done for the day, QuickJack collapses to a low-profile 3-inch frame. The most efficient portable car lift ever made is available for you today.
4. Only pay for what you need
One thing that really sets QuickJack apart from other portable car lifts is our attention to customer service. Our competitors have one thing in common: they make a single garage lift and convince you its best for you. Not at QuickJack. With four models to choose from, the difference is lifting capacity. If you drive a compact two-door sedan and plan to keep it that way, why should you pay for the lifting capacity of a small truck? And likewise, if you drive a small truck, why should you pay more out-of-pocket with our competitors when the QuickJack portable car lift offers a higher lifting capacity (7,000 lbs. for our max-capable model) for less? Ultimately, if for some reason you aren’t satisfied with QuickJack, our 30-day return policy ensures this portable car lift is a no-risk purchase for you. Leasing options are available and we offer free domestic shipping. With QuickJack, only EVER pay for what you need.
5. Safety Matters
The quality QuickJack offers means more to us than boasting points on our website. You can spend $50-200+ on a traditional car jack from your local convenience supercenter, but let’s face it: your life is worth more than that. Auto maintenance and repair can be done safely with the right equipment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, professional car mechanics faced more dangerous working conditions than firefighters. For the average DIY worker, this puts safety at a premium. Not to reduce the effects of injury and loss to purely financial terms, but if a car lift fails due to faulty or improperly used equipment, the costs can be enormous. Hospital bills, vehicle damages, etc. will add up and take time out of your life. QuickJack’s portable car lift is designed to be safe, ultra high-quality and dependable whenever it’s used properly. Don’t waste time and money on inferior car stands and jacks. Go with QuickJack.