One of my most useful tools is the floor jack my father bought back in 1973. Before that, we raised the family fleet of hard-working Studebakers with a couple of heavy-duty scissors jacks, which was a lot more exciting. (I can say from experience that when you drop a car with no wheels on it, it’s hard on the brake drums. It’s also hard to get anything under it to pick it up.)
Dad bought the 1Â½-ton
At about the same time, I began to notice Harbor Freight and Sears Craftsman ads touting lightweight aluminum racing jacks for less than $200 — sometimes a lot less. That
But Mr. Walker, as my Dad used to call this jack, has a lot of sentimental value, so I wanted to see if it could be repaired before I put it into retirement. Where I live, thanks to both the presence and slow decline of farming, steel mills and manufacturing of all types, we have a great variety of cottage shops that machine, repair and rebuild almost anything. So I called Scotty’s Hydraulic Service out on County Road 250 West to see if the jack could be rebuilt.
I described the problems to him and Scotty’s first words were, “Where was it made?” I told him it’s a
So now I don’t really need a new floor jack to work safely. But the aluminum ones are still a lot lighter, shinier, and, well, cool-looking. So when Sears recently put a nice Craftsman on sale, I went to take a look. Sure enough, the box has the fine print, “Contents made in
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Editors in chief can’t resist waxing eloquent about changes to the magazine, but along with what we feel is a strong new design, this month we are introducing a new column, “The PS files,” by Managing Editor Lisa Greenberg.
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