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roadking77

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What a Ripoff!
« on: September 08, 2019, 07:41:05 AM »
So, I have been needing a large floor jack for some time now. Decided yesterday was the day. I have read really good reviews about the Harbor Freight brand, being it will only be used maybe once every couple of months figured it would be good enough. Opened up my Old Cars magazine, tore out the 20% off coupon and headed over to tax free Delaware. Picked out the one I think will be the best bang for the buck, when I pull my coupon out as the guy is scanning the price, without hesitation he says "coupons don't work for jacks". Well, ok, its still a pretty good price but I was a bit miffed. EVERY HF add has a 20% off prominently displayed in their adds. After having my son read the fine print (of which I couldn't even with my glasses on) it pretty much excludes all of their major brand stuff. Just about the only thing its good for is their trinkets!!
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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Nexus

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019, 07:44:55 AM »
CURSE YOU FINE PRINT!!!!!!
Charlie

79 Esprit but like many, it will be a T/A clone
(18 years and counting but still have her)

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 09:51:40 AM »
Yup, deceptive advertising. That's how they lure you in...kinda like a woman with a padded bra!  :lol:
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1989 Iroc-Z28 5.7 TPI 90K original miles
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roadking77

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2019, 10:55:11 AM »
LOL
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

Jack

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 03:41:51 AM »
Did the jack come with padding?




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chief poncho

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 03:14:34 PM »
They started that recently, probably the last year or so.  Doesn't include jacks, welders and a host of other items.  They used to honor those coupons for everything. 

I bought one of their jacks years ago.  One of the wheels broke off within the first few uses.  Still under warranty so I took it back and got a new one.  That one lasted about 5 years before the seals blew on it and it wouldn't hold hydraulic fluid or pressure anymore.   I bought a replacement from costco and it's been great for about 3 years.  If it breaks, costco will give me a new one.

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Previously Owned TA's/Musclecars: 2002 Pewter WS6/M6 Trans Am, 1968 Dodge Superbee 383/4speed,  1975 TA 455/4speed, 1989 Mustang LX 5.0/5speed, 1980 TA Indy Pace Car, 1977 TA 400/Auto, 1989 GTA 350TPI, 1990 GTA 350TPI, 1986 IROC 305TPI, 1989 Mustang LX 5.0/Auto, 1993 Mitsu 3000GT VR4 (and probably a few I've forgotten about)

chief poncho

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 03:15:31 PM »
I believe this is my jack, but I got it on sale for less than $80.00.

https://www.costco.com/3-Ton-Professional-Grade-Aluminum-And-Steel-Service-Jack.product.100222458.html
1971 Lucerne Blue Trans Am (455HO, Automatic) - currently my project car.
Previously Owned TA's/Musclecars: 2002 Pewter WS6/M6 Trans Am, 1968 Dodge Superbee 383/4speed,  1975 TA 455/4speed, 1989 Mustang LX 5.0/5speed, 1980 TA Indy Pace Car, 1977 TA 400/Auto, 1989 GTA 350TPI, 1990 GTA 350TPI, 1986 IROC 305TPI, 1989 Mustang LX 5.0/Auto, 1993 Mitsu 3000GT VR4 (and probably a few I've forgotten about)

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 07:20:31 PM »
Yup, deceptive advertising. That's how they lure you in...kinda like a woman with a padded bra!  :lol:

Did the jack come with padding?

LOL!!!
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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FormTA

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2019, 04:54:34 AM »
Ya, that must be new.. I bought my $2,000 mill on their website and used the 20% off coupon and it worked.  That was last year some time.
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roadking77

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2019, 05:28:00 AM »
The fine print excludes their tool boxes,  their predator engines, the larger bench tools they have, power washers, etc. etc.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

72projectbird

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2019, 10:15:50 AM »
That sucks. I was able to use a coupon for one of their 3 ton jacks.

A couple months ago I found another 3 ton for sale locally for $15. Now I have two. lol
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81 Trans Am Daytona



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LeighP

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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2019, 02:45:37 AM »
Those low clearance race jacks have got to the price where when one breaks, they aren't worth fixing. I had one for years, then the piston seal let go. I actually took it to a shop that fixes jacks and he told me that he can't order parts as these Chinese jacks have all sorts of different pistons/cylinders and nothing gets standardised....said by the time he pulled it apart, and had the piston rechromed and found seals for it, it would cost me way more than a new jack.....so I bought a new jack...they're even cheaper now, lol.
I've got a heavy duty truck style floor jack that must be 30 years old easy, still works perfectly.
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Leigh

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1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
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1976 Pontiac Trans Am
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Re: What a Ripoff!
« Reply #12 on: Today at 11:03:03 AM »
I bought one of the 2 3/4 ton low profile jacks when I first bought my house in 2012 and still have the jack and use it all the time. It works great and I've never done any kind of maintenance to it. Now that I think about it, I probably should...

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« Reply #12 on: Today at 11:03:03 AM »
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