Transmissions are heavy and bulky and the task of removing or installing one can never be completely safe, but the use of a hydraulic transmission jack can reduce the risks associated with the job. Performing auto transmission repair with a regular jack can be done, but with an increased risk of injury. The same holds true for transmission maintenance, so if you work on your transmission, it is worth it to invest in a hydraulic transmission jack for your own safety. If transmission maintenance or repair is something you will do only occasionally, you might consider renting a hydraulic transmission jack from your local auto parts store or tool rental agency. When you buy or rent, make sure that you choose one that will safely support the weight of your transmission. Here are three of the best models to consider:
- Ranger 1.5 ton Capacity Telescoping Transmission Jack: This jack features an extra wide base and a fully adjust saddle that will tilt 4 ways. The foot operated pump also features double sealed hydraulics, so that it will last for years. It rises as high as 79.5" and will hold up to 3,000 pounds.
- American Forge and Foundry Low Profile Transmission Jack: This jack features adjustable corner brackets and a universal saddle. It has a weight capacity of up to 1,200 pounds. It will rise up to 31.5".
- Omega 40700 Hydraulic Transmission Jack: The extra wide base on this jack helps to ensure stability and lowers the center of gravity. Its rugged steel wheels and ball bearing casters ensure years of use. It has a lifting capacity of 700 pounds and a maximum height of over 76".