Car Jack Showdown: Floor vs. Bottle Jacks
When you need to perform some regular car maintenance, you'll need the right car jack. If you've got a truck or SUV, you'll need a floor jack or bottole jack. Both have the strength to get the job done, buy offer a variety of different advantages. Let's take a look and get you the tools you need.
Average Minimum Lift Height
|About 5"||About 8"|
Average Maximum Lift Height
|About 22"||About 20"|
Average Maximum Lift Capacity
|10.5 tons||20 tons|
Advantages of Floor Jacks
- Minimum Lift Height - The low minimum lift height allows these jacks to easily lift vehicles with lower clearance. There are even low profile models for cars that sit extremely close to the ground.
- Ease of Use - Long pumping handles make them easy to raise and lower quickly.
- Stability - The wide bases of these jacks increase stability and safety.
Limitations of Floor Jacks
- Low Maximum Lift Capacity - These jacks typically don't achieve high maximum lift capacity ratings.
- Large Footprint - Their large construction make them stable, but this also causes these models to take up more area in your garage or shop.
Advantages of Bottle Jacks
- Maximum Lift Capacity - High lift capacities allow bottle jacks to lift extremely heavy vehicles, and some models are even used in construction projects to lift the corners of houses.
- Small Footprint - Their small sizes make them easy to store after use.
Limitations of Bottle Jacks
- Stability - While their small base footprint can be helpful, stability can be an issue.
- Minimum Lift Height - The minimum lift height can make bottle jacks difficult to use underneath vehicles with standard clearance.