QuickJack Shows Off its Versatility

Friday, November 11, 2016
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You know by now that QuickJack is a great tool for DIY’ers to keep around the house. It offers a fast, easy, convenient way to lift your vehicles and get some weekend work done. What you might not have known is that QuickJack is extremely versatile, offering a number of work solutions you might not have thought were possible. By the time you finish reading this article, it’s our hope you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the versatility QuickJack offers. You might even find these ways to use QuickJack a bit surprising.

QuickJack works with the frames sideways
There are some vehicle types that are known to have unique lift points. Arguably the most infamous of these come from Porsche. The 993 model, for instance, contains lift points that are close together length-wise and pushed out toward the edges of the chassis. Some customers have noted that if they place the QuickJack frames length-wise, as is customary, the tips of the frames rub against their tires, possibly damaging them over time. Not good.

Porsche 993 with QuickJack frames turned sideways
Porsche 993 on sideways QuickJack frames

A while back we had a discussion with our engineers about the issue, and they informed us that it would be totally safe to flip the frames sideways in order fit the car lift. This method seems to have worked out for a number of Porsche owners. While the sideways frames do obstruct the open undercarriage, those who have utilized this method have reported they can still perform oil changes, do suspension/brake/wheel work, etc. Regardless of which vehicle you want to lift, it’s always important to measure your lifting points to see which QuickJack model is right for you.

Update: The positive public response and interest in this technique are greater than we expected. That’s great, but we just want to remind everyone of a few important points:

– Always keep the car lift frames parallel to one another.

– If your front lift points are spread farther apart than the rear points (or vise versa), check the rubber block positions as the frames rise to make sure the blocks securely make contact with all designated points.

– In the sideways position, realize there will be a slight horizontal shift of the frames. Keep that in mind as you place your lift assembly

The frames can get wet
One of the neat features of QuickJack is that it can get wet and soap-covered for when you want to wash your car. We recommend disconnecting the quick-connect fittings and always, always moving the power unit to a safe, dry location. With the safety locks engaged, you can then remove all the hoses, as well as the power source, and QuickJack will safely remain lifted indefinitely.

Porsche on QuickJack covered in soap and water
Porsche gets a “Quick” bath

When QuickJack is used for car washing, you’ll find it’s so much easier to scrub down difficult-to-reach places. QuickJack has a saved a lot of people from bending, stooping and crouching uncomfortably. While a lot of people still use jack stands for this kind of work, the small bases on the stands don’t inspire much confidence for washing. That’s because you’re applying horizontal pressure against the car when you wash. Jack stands are made for vertical support, so they tend to rock when push your car. There’s always the off chance you don’t set them right, of course, but there’s a 100% chance you’re going to waste a lot of time setting them up when QuickJack takes mere seconds to place and lift. Plus, QuickJack’s elongated base lets you push, bump and nudge your vehicle while you work; there’s no need to tiptoe around. Everyone who uses QuickJack knows that once a car is lifted, only the Down button on the pendant remote is going to bring it back to earth. (If you have a bulldozer and wrecking ball, that might work too.)

Well-suited for paint booths and detailing
Similar to the preparation for a good wash, setting QuickJack up in a paint booth means disconnecting the hoses, removing the power unit from the area and covering your frames with a protective tarp (since we’re dealing with paint that will stain your frames and clog your hose fittings). This tarp-setting process is not very complicated, but the benefits can be enormous. Simply having the means to paint vehicles without bending and stooping ensures your jobs are easier to complete, especially when getting an even layer toward the bottom of the chassis. QuickJack also allows faster turnaround for more jobs completed and more profit.

White car in a paint booth
This paint booth could really use a QuickJack

Even outside the paint booth, a portable car lift is handy for detailing jobs. It works much like a low-rise or medium-rise lift, with the portability factor a bonus for moving the frames in and out of the paint booth or throughout the shop. Custom jobs require precision care, and we still see these custom shop car shows on TV with guys hunched over on their rollers to detail hard-to-reach parts of the car. After all, jack stands aren’t ideal for this kind of work, and they’re time-consuming to set up and take down. While shop owners probably wouldn’t get a QuickJack just to detail their clients’ cars, the 20” rise and clear undercarriage access lets them do whatever other jobs that might need to get done right then and there.

Perfect for the unexpected
QuickJack was originally conceived to service racers at the track, but the concept and design evolved to allow QuickJack to service a wide range of vehicles. Race tracks and garages are busy places, and they often contain many vehicles in tight spaces. If tires need to be swapped, it can be hard to maneuver vehicles around. Having a portable lift to bring to the cars, as opposed to bringing the cars to the lift, can make all the difference. Look at the image below: imagine trying to shuffle those cars around to do some wheel service.

Four vehicles, one in the back raised on QuickJack with wheels removed
No other lift could really work in this situation

QuickJack slides right in there, and it can even slide around to all those other cars, one at a time. There’s simply no other lift in the world that can do this, which is what makes QuickJack so popular at race tracks and in stuffed garages. Everyone would love a two-post lift to be handy at all times, but the reality is they’re stuck in one place. Low-rise and flush-mount car lifts are simply too heavy to be considered truly portable, although they can usually be moved with a dedicated crew willing to lug them around. We’ve racked our brains, but we can’t think of a lift option better than QuickJack paired with the mobile DC power unit to handle unexpected situations. Versatility is the name of the game these days, so if you’ve been looking for an alternative to jack stands that won’t hold you back, give QuickJack a shot.

TL;DR: QuickJack is a versatile garage lift whose frames can be positioned sideways to access some lifting points, and it can be used to wash, paint and detail cars while relieving the strain of bending and straining often associated with that kind of work. It’s also perfect for unexpected situations, compact garages and busy race tracks.