I have really liked mine for the price. With locking pins in I have quite a bit of confidence in them. The welds look good and the ratchet mechanism engages strongly.Alright. I ordered the Pro-Lift 6-ton set from Amazon Prime. $43 with two day shipping.
I like the two-pin locking system. Reading over the Amazon reviews, there weren't really any major quality-control scares on the Pro-Lift ones but some people reported safety issues on the OTC and Torin ones. Hein-Werner ones looked really baller but at $100 a pair that's a little rich for my blood.
Thanks everyone for the input on this. I'll let you all know how it turns out.
Hardwoods in compression are stupid strong. Google the compression strength of oak. Softwoods including framing and treated lumber not so much. Local farmer was nearly killed when a piece of farm equipment that was on treated lumber blocks fell. He had me saw hunks of Ash for him for blocking.the hydraulic press channel has a vid where they test rounds of wood for compression strength. Pretty impressive. IIRC they were talking like 20 and 50 tons to break one.
I have used stacked 2x8s for this for years and they work great under frame rails cut in 18in lengths. Generally they go under for rear Jack stands when I have all four corners in the air. They are solid and shift much less than regular stands.^ I would be surprised if a stack of construction 2x4s under a flat surface would not easily support a Cruiser, stengthwise. Of course, the stability of the stack is another matter.
Next time you are going down the road and see a trailer sized hunk of pre formed concrete, like a bridge section, notice what all that weight is sitting on. Generally 4 4x4s total and chained to the trailer with chain binders. Barely 1/2" deflection in the 4x4s.the hydraulic press channel has a vid where they test rounds of wood for compression strength. Pretty impressive. IIRC they were talking like 20 and 50 tons to break one.
Funny you should mention torque wrenches and breaker bars. Harbor Freight products in both of these categories beat Snap-On in quality in several independent tests.It’s one thing if you buy a cheap torque wrench for your mobile tool bag and it’s inaccurate, or another thing if the pivoting head snaps off your cheap breaker bar.