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QuickJack BL-5000SLX - $1099 at HomeDepot Online

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I just ordered the QuickJack BL-5000SLX for $1099 at HomeDepot Online.  From my research, that was a very good price.  Shipping is free.

If anyone is interested, I'll post an update as to how well it works on my 240Z.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Quick-Jack-BL-5000SLX-5-000-lbs-Capacity-Portable-Vehicle-Lifting-System-BL-5000SLX-AC-110v/307393222?cm_mmc=Shopping|G|HC|D25T|25-31_GARAGE/AUTOMOTIVE|NA|NA|71700000037147756|58700004942559535|92700042867443626&gclid=CjwKCAjwwZrmBRA7EiwA4iMzBAfISSJB1zuHA3oh0RZ_5KwJDX4aoohJLIBS0n1oh-Nu_V8IfJrLgBoCwisQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

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A friend of mine who regularly works on S30s has one of these, and he loves it.

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SteveJ or anyone else, do you know if it fits between his wheels?  I measured mine today and 70" is the length of the QuickJack and the distance between wheels is very close to 70".  To me, it looks like it will fit, but will be very close.  I won't arrive until next week, so I'm curious.

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I sent a text to my friend about the exact make/model he has. I know he has working on more than one Z using it. He was also thinking about bringing it out to Road Atlanta to raise a 280ZX race car that needed a replacement rear seal.

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Keep in mind that unit(s) are not light to move around. I bet the 5000 model weighs in at 75-80 pounds per ramp. I have the 3500 and I am pretty pleased . I paid much more for my 3500, so the price is good.

Biggest issue is lowering of ramps has to have weight on it . So if you raise a car and then put on stands it’s a bit of a pain to lower the ramps. 

Also not a big fan of using the pinch welds because you have to line up everything perfect . Maybe the longer 5000 will be better than the 3500 I have. The 3500 definitely has to be set just right to raise the car on the pinch seams . I’m considering welding an attachment for using the frame .

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Thanks for the tips madkaw.  My biggest concern is that the 5000 is 70" long and that is about exactly the distance between the tires.  I can return it, but I sure hope it fits.

I have heard about the pinch weld alignment difficulties.  Have you tried a different method?

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The 5000-lb unit is available in Canada from either Costco (Cdn $1350) or Canadian Tire (Cdn $1500).  Unfortunately, no retailer seems to want to stock the 3500-lb unit.  It should sell for about $150 less than the 5000-lb unit.  The Canadian distributor for QuickJack is located in Mississauga, with a secondary outlet in Surrey, BC. 

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I just heard back from my friend. He does have the QJ 5000. He said that the wheel clearance is tight, but if you position it toward the rear wheels, it clears fine.

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I forgot to mention.  HomeDepot has a 10% military discount.  Although they only apply it to in-store purchases (this was a web purchase), they did give me a 5% discount just for asking.

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@SteveJ If it's not too much trouble, can you ask him if he uses the blocks that came with his unit, or if he purchased the pinch weld blocks.

Any help is appreciated.

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1 hour ago, wadelester said:

@SteveJ If it's not too much trouble, can you ask him if he uses the blocks that came with his unit, or if he purchased the pinch weld blocks.

Any help is appreciated.

He said, "The blocks themselves work fine, however, I am going to cut a groove in four of them to simulate the pinch weld blocks. I don't believe it is necessary to spend extra money for something that you can do yourself."

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Oh, and to line up the pinch welds for lifting, attach the blocks to the car with blue tape and raise the lift up to meet the blocks.

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I have had the 3500 and the 5000 and really like them.  I take my 5000 to the track with me all the time.  And yes, it is heavy, but I think the added safety it provides over jack stands is well worth it.  Plus, the newer design has wheels built in, so it helps compensate for the weight somewhat.

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I have the 5k from costco and love them. Used only on my nismo and worked great. I am getting ready to use on the 240 this weekend. Any pics of the ones who have used and where they lifted from? I assume pinch welds just never like to assume. 

Chris 

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I'll post photos soon, but did have some troubles.  I purchased the slotted blocks, so I used them.  I placed the block right on each dimple in the pinch weld.  My front/passenger side began to bend inward, so now I have a sizable dent under the rocker.  I do have some rust issues, so I assume that may be the problem.

Note:  I did have success the first time I jacked it - it was the second time when I had problems with rocker.

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Agreed on the "bad sign".  I'm going to get the chassis sorted before jacking it again...I really would like to save this car if I can, even if it costs me more than I should spend

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I have the 5K from Costco and yes it works great on a 240z, you do need to position carefully between the wheels. I cut slots in my blocks with a skill saw and it works great on the pinch welds. Love the blue tape idea, will try that next time. Overall I really like the unit, it gives enough room under the car to work comfortably, it is easy to use, and super stable. It is heavy to move around, but I just leave them next to my car so I just slide them under and lift it up. 

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47 minutes ago, wadelester said:

Agreed on the "bad sign".  I'm going to get the chassis sorted before jacking it again...I really would like to save this car if I can, even if it costs me more than I should spend

These cars are quickly becoming valuable enough to justify pretty extreme repair efforts.

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