Last Updated on January 24, 2020
Anyone who works on cars, whether at home or in a shop, needs a heavy-duty floor jack to lift vehicles. Two of the best are the Arcan and Pittsburgh brands. There is a debate among mechanics about which one is better, so we are going to tell you the differences between them today.
An Arcan floor jack is a heavy-duty jack with a high-quality aluminum frame and a two-piece steel handle that comes apart for easy storage. It’s lightweight enough to pick up and carry. For that reason, there are also handles on the side of the jack.
This jack has a three-ton capacity and can quickly lift vehicles weighing up to three tons with its dual piston pump. It only takes 12 pumps to raise the jack to its maximum height of 19.4 inches. It has bypass and overload valves to keep it from overextending.
The Arcan jack has a 3.6-inch floor clearance, which will allow it to fit under most cars, including many low-profile ones. It can also lift to 19.4 inches, so it’s useful for lifting larger trucks and SUVs too. It has a large padded saddle to give you the most amount of support while also helping protect the vehicle from scratches.
The downside to Arcan floor jacks is mainly the cost. Aluminum is more expensive than steel because it weighs so much less. Some have reported that the aluminum Arcan isn’t as sturdy as the steel Pittsburgh one, but those reports are few and far between.
Pittsburgh floor jacks are made of industrial grade steel and can lift vehicles weighing up to three tons. They are suitable to lift both low-profile and high-rise cars. With a starting height of 2.875 inches, the Pittsburgh jacks can fit under even the lowest sports cars. The 19.75-inch-high lift point makes them high enough for bigger trucks and other equipment, too.
These floor jacks have a dual-parallel pump system, so they lift your vehicle effortlessly. They also have a universal release system that allows you to control how fast you drop the car to the ground. You can even stop lowering in the middle just by twisting the handle.
Two details deter some from purchasing them, though: the fact that the steel can rust if it’s not well-maintained, and the weight. These jacks weigh in at 71.7 pounds, so they are not transported easily.
The Arcan and Pittsburgh floor jacks are pretty much equal. They both fit low-profile and high-rise vehicles, and can lift up to three tons. They both lift effortlessly and are incredibly durable.
The differences between the two are the material they’re made of and their weight. At 71.7 pounds, the Pittsburgh is too heavy to transport easily. The Arcan, at only 56 pounds, is much lighter to carry. Some say that the Arcan isn’t as sturdy as the Pittsburgh, but for the most part, people say they are pretty much the same.
The Arcan is lighter but costs more. The Pittsburgh is more economical but very cumbersome. It all boils down to your preference.
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