Transmission Jack ?

Bill Owner/Technician Michigan Posted   Latest  

I am looking to replace/ update our shops transmission jack… I am more interested in quality and use ability than price! We only do European and Asian car lines (very few trucks) I have looked at Snap-On's new one #TJ100 and really like the new head design. However It's is very disappointing to see it's a Product of China… shop​.​snapon​.​com/product/Under…

I have looked everywhere and have not found much else that appears above average… ( I know AGA makes a replacement head for transmission jacks that is real nice but we are in need of the whole jack assembly) What are you guys using or would like to be using?? Can you give any recommendations or feedback on the snap on unit?? Thanks for your time! 

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Chad Diagnostician
Florida
Chad
 

I have two of the snap on jacks, I have been happy with them so far, except the casters have had problems, I also have a Gray jack, it is made in US and I think a better jack. products​.​grayusa​.​com/list/id/htj-10…

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Lloyd Owner/Technician
New York
Lloyd
 

I have the new snap on one it is great. It rolls well, the head adjust to about anything. The only quirk is when lowering a unit on the jack the second stage hydraulic part is smooth but the 1st stage air cylinder will Abruptly drop a few inches. I guess that would be the only fault I can find. I did look everywhere and decided the head was worth the extra price versus other jacks.

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

That fault makes it completely unfit for use, IMO.

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Sisco Owner/Technician
Vermont
Sisco
 

Sunex 7796. 2 stage air/hydraulic. lifts high, first drop on air will go a little bit but is controllable, rolls great. Look in the tool flyers from local suppliers, sometimes have a sale, and when I got this one, came with a fuel tank adapter for free. Great value.

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Cristian Owner/Technician
Romania
Cristian
 

Try for AC Hydraulic from Denmark, really good products there, genuine european ones.

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Michael Owner
Florida
Michael
 

We use a Gray brand jack. It’s been bullet proof for the last 10 years or so. Made to last in the USA . You can buy them directly from Gray. When I bought mine that was the cheapest way to buy it.

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Richard Owner/Technician
Missouri
Richard
 

I have been using Gray jacks for roughly the last twenty years or so and I bought the new Snap On last year, I would recommend the Gray over the Snap On, I think you would find it to be more versatile.

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Bill Owner/Technician
Michigan
Bill
 

Richard, i see a number of guys including you recommending the Gray brand… I feel you would have exactly the feedback I am looking for being you have both units in your shop. You state the Gray is more versatile? Could you elaborate on why its more versatile? Is it cause it has a smaller base? how about comparing the head of the jacks? Personally the snap on appears to have really nice…

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Richard Owner/Technician
Missouri
Richard
 

The SO has the extensions permanently attached to the head whereas they are an add-on accessory with the Gray which is one of the things that makes it more versatile in my opinion. There are also a few other adapters you can purchase for transfer cases and other odd shaped transaxles. The Gray also has a smaller base which I believe was mentioned already but it does tend to make it easier to…

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Kody Educator
Oklahoma
Kody
 

We have the snap on one you have linked. It works well and I don’t have any complaints as of yet. The adjustments do work well and are very adjustable. Previously I have used the Gray that Chad linked and I actually prefer it. The snap on is a much larger base and unless you are removing very large units the gray is much easier to manage. I used the gray to remove hundreds of 1ton diesel truck…

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Eric Technical Support Specialist
Washington
Eric
 

Look at the OTC line TJHP10 Air/hydraulic 1,000-lb capacity high-lift transmission jack made in the US otctools​.​com/sites/default…​.​pdf

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

Made by Gray?

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Sergio Technician
Texas
Sergio
 

We have the Snap-On TJ100, it's really versatile and one of the best transmission jacks we've used. The AGA replacement head is extremely useful for the new transmission with the plastic pan and we've installed it on our old transmission jack. If you guys do engines as well the AGA lift table has been one of our most used tools and the head also fit's onto the table. The entire subframe with the…

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Michael Owner/Technician
Florida
Michael
 

We use Norco transmission jacks in our shop. Had them over 15 years and have been great! Lots of optional adapters and plates available for unique applications.

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Glen Owner/Technician
Illinois
Glen
 

I really like my Norco jack with the 6R140 adapter

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Anthony Owner
New York
Anthony
 

OTC $2000.00 years ago. works good do not know country of orgin

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Scott Owner/Technician
South Dakota
Scott
   

the Gray HTJ100O, is a great jack and the standard for 30 years, Any other two stage jack is a copy of that. They have great attachments and the are easy to find parts for and fix. If your over 6' tall no jack on the market really goes tall enough for you, but that's mostly a rear wheel drive/truck issue. If you can get one for around 2k get the Gray, you will learn to love where the second…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Bill, Are you in a time warp? Just kidding. It is hard to find much of any consumer products that are made in the USA since the Reagan & Clinton eras. This country has become a consumer nation and many countries are happy to use us as there drop off point. “Made in China” is not a bad thing, often times they make better products than many other countries. Practically all companies…

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Bill Owner/Technician
Michigan
Bill
 

Glen I own plenty of China made equipment…. Too much in my opinion! I do however like the idea of supporting business's that have made a effort to manufacturer there products here in the USA (Not put it together in the US) these items typically are made with more pride and better quality of materials. I do accept paying a higher price for the items as well… For instance my in ground Globe…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Bill, I'm in the same boat and own lots of China made stuff too. Harbor Freight has even improved their quality over the years. LOL On the subject of tranny jacks though, it takes doing your homework to buy one that is reliable and can handle the rigors of regular daily shop use. Snap On, Grey and OTC all have good reputations for reliability. When it comes to specialized adapters and…

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Steve Owner/Technician
Georgia
Steve
   

Get a Gray, I owned 2 of them, one was over thirty years old and only rebuilt it once. I owned a 4 bay transmission shop for 30 years, they were used hard. They will work on just about any thing, Gray has some adaptors that really help on those really deep pans.

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Scott Owner
California
Scott
 

Hi Bill, I'll vouch for the Gray as well. I've had this for 25 years. One thing I did was I adapted the top to accept a J-41160 for 4T80E transmissions. I used to take this off, but I leave it on as it's useful for gas tanks. I also have a ¾" sheet of plywood that I cut down to help with the larger tanks that is bolted to the top of the Kent Moore tool. The wheels gave out a few years ago and I…

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Karl Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Karl
   

Hi Scott, I've had my Gray jack for about 20 years and my wheels just started breaking apart. Do you remember where you got your replacement wheels from and/or a part number?

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Steve Owner/Technician
Georgia
Steve
 

Karl, I got mine at tractor supply, Northern Tool may have some, hope this helps

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Andrew Technician
Minnesota
Andrew
 

I got replacement wheels right from Gray. grayusa​.​com Or 3501 S Leonard Rd, St Joseph, MO …

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Scott Owner
California
Scott
 

Hi Karl, I'd do as Andrew suggested and get them from Gray directly. Although I didn't do that, as the wheels just started to crumble one day while I had a transmission on it and I didn't want to wait. I went down to Home Depot with one of the wheels and matched it up with what they had in stock. I didn't save the part number, but they've been holding up.

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Karl Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Karl
 

Thank Scott, I contacted Gray about the wheels but they were extremely expensive just for casters. They did last all these years so maybe I will just order from them. I thank you for your reply!

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Glen Owner/Technician
Illinois
Glen
   

I like the multiple adjustments option s on the TJ100 arms.

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Andrew Technician
Minnesota
Andrew
 

Gray, hands down. Made in the USA, US support, every part is available in the event you need to service it in 20 or 30 years. The head has different adapters available, and I have made my own as well

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Bill Owner/Technician
Michigan
Bill Resolution
 

I purchased the Gray Transmission Jack. I called them directly and made the purchase, the service has been great from my first call to the follow up from them after receiving the jack. They are currently built to order but only take 2-3 weeks to get it delivered. We have yet to use it for a job but all my techs are excited to try it out…. thank you to all who recommended this company!!!

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