Electric Scissor Jacks

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Does anyone have experience with an Electric (12vdc) scissor jack? Theyr'e made in China I think.
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Reply By: Batt's - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:10

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:10
I've been looking at the one KCI IMPORTS have seems ok
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Reply By: garrycol - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:18

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:18
Steer clear of the Aldi version as they can fail - not in the thread but in the scissor mesh teeth.

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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 18:50

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 18:50
I have an Aldi one...had it for about 18 months now I reckon. Use it around the workshop all the time and so far it has been great. However ...the scissor action previously mentioned is a weak spot in any of these jacks ...so it only gets used on hard surfaces and whatever is being jacked is rendered completely immobile...ie...not being able to move at all while using jack. I have a scissor jack out of a Peugeot here that has done exactly what the one in previous post did...coz the car rolled sideways on an embankment and jack ended up exactly the same...so scissor jacks can only really be used on stable surfaces.

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Follow Up By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 22:31

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 22:31
My next door bought one a while ago and uses it for his caravan, the only thing he has done was open it up and put more grease in it.
He loves it.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:21

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:21
I have one from KCI and have used it to rotate tyres on my Cruiser and on my Bushtracker. I fitted an Anderson plug on the end (with a fuse) instead of using the cig lighter plug supplied. I have an Anderson plug on the rear of the Cruiser and on the van's drawbar.

It works very well, and I am happy with the price I paid ($248 plus postage, I think, from Ebay). However, I have seen what appears to be an identical unit advertised in Aldi for $89.

We don't have Aldi in WA so I can't whinge too much, but if you do have Aldi in your city, keep your eyes peeled.



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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:22

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:22
OK, I didn't see the post above about the Aldi one before I posted.

Seems to be good advice. I'm now a bit happier...

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:53

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:53
How fast does it wind up I guise it's nice and steady so it doesn't cause any problems
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 17:01

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 at 17:01
I think it is slightly faster than the best I could do with a bottle jack.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:01

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 12:01
No worries Thanks
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Follow Up By: SkyFlyer - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 14:04

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 14:04
Thanks guys, food for thought. I guess the only way to know is to buy one! With respect to the Aldi one, I guess all things can fail at some point. I have bought numerous items from Aldi (including a Large screen TV) that work beautifully.
Thanks again for your input.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 14:48

Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 at 14:48
There are posts on other forums and indeed some overseas forums on the failure of the Aldi model - all the same issue.

The Aldi jack has a very light lift and as it gets higher the lifting point moves in an arc that starts to put some side loads on the jack which if applied longitudinally can cause the the teeth at the bottom to fail as shown in the above pic. The above failure occurred when lifting just one corner of a vehicle that only has a total weight of 650kgs so the weight on the actual jack was about 150kgs but was at about 2/3rds height.
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Follow Up By: SkyFlyer - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 09:53

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 09:53
Thanks garrycol, might avoid the Aldi one. If it is made in China, they don't seem to appreciate the safety aspect required. When I did engineering (many years ago!) we were taught a safety factor of 7, i.e., whatever load was required, the item/tool had to be seven times stronger, hence the integrity of the tool was retained and failure under normal working was established. Modern stuff from China is very weak, especially the steel used. Very reminiscent of early Japanese cars!
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