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The QuickJack Advantage: Canada Edition

We would never say that most Canucks are “tougher” than Americans, but... as long as our fellow Americans aren’t looking… a lot of you have a bit more of that rough n’ tumble livelihood going on than we have to deal with. At least as far as the weather is concerned. (Don’t tell our Northeast or Midwest cultures we said that, please.) We wouldn’t feed into the misperception and cliché that Canada is a white sheet of ice 24/7, 365 days a year, but there’s enough seasonal variation to make your choice of car—and how you maintain it—a major part of life. To borrow from a popular American phrase, QuickJack is built like a tank to withstand snow, rain, heat and the gloom of night! So let’s hit the nitty-gritty of how QuickJack gives your vehicle an advantage over other floor jack and portable car lift options.

The Hook: Back to School

First, let’s take the following auto repair scenario and review your options: it’s the last cool gust of fall and you want to get ready for the weather ahead. You have tires to change, coolant to flush, oil to replace, etc. etc. Plus, it’s about to get cold as a gravedigger’s fingertips on a December night in Cowtown, AB. There’s no time to waste! What will you use to lift your vehicle? Your options are:

A) Scissor Jack

B) Jack Stands and Floor Jack

C) QuickJack Portable Car Lift

See that pretty picture in Option C? That’s us. Thought we’d have a little fun without our setup and make it like those cheesy before/after product messages in laundry detergent commercials—our car lift vs. the other guys. On that note, let’s look behind the curtain and see what sets QuickJack apart from our friends across the aisle (a.k.a. other lift manufacturers).

Behind the Curtain: the ABCs

Option A is shrouded in stark black and white contrast and looks like a hot piece of junk. We dig the bass out of our vocal cords as we say, “You wouldn’t want your car over that, would you?”

Option B is sort of out of focus, looks like more cheap plastic garbage. We gravely caution, “Can you really trust those stands with your life? Think of the children!”

Option C, of course, brings in the well-lit, coordinated, appealing display of the new guy in town. Suddenly a smile breaks over our face and we cry, “Well hello, QuickJack!”

The way we have things here, Option C is obviously set up to look the most intriguing. That’s how commercials generally work, right? But it’s not just clever advertising and folksy propaganda we’re offering, and to prove it we want to offer you something many companies work every angle to distort: the facts. Take a good look at that red Porsche 911 featured in Option C. Nice car, right? QuickJack easily lifts those low-bodied sports and race cars, as well as larger SUVs and light trucks. We manufacture three models with lift capacities of 3,500 / 5,000 / 7,000 lbs., which means we can reach virtually every lifting point on every vehicle that meets the weight limit. The frames themselves are made from high-grade 14-gauge welded steel, which is light enough for portability and rock-solid enough to withstand the most serious road warriors your garage has to offer. The frames collapse to a low-profile 3” off the ground, which keeps them out of the way when you’re not using them.

And to bust out that old advertising gem: wait, there’s more!

See those two “arms” forming a triangle inside the frame? The one on the left is a safety arm that locks automatically into the frame at the mid and max-rise extensions: think of it like a beefier, built-in jack stand. It’s one of the main reasons our portable car lift achieved its safety honors. The cylinder on the right is the hydraulic cylinder, which of course receives and distributes the hydraulic fluid evenly across both frames for a visually impressive and powerful lift. Off to the right you see the electric-hydraulic power unit and pendant remote control, which makes QuickJack the first portable car lift that rises like a full-sized two-post or four-post lift: no cranking or pumping here! Press Up and it goes up; press Down and it lowers. At this point, we hope you’re saying, “This all sounds fine, but what goes into your engineering to keep this from being just a bunch of marketing fluff that doesn’t live up to expectations?”

Participation Points: See, Think, WONDER!

Earlier we said that we’re “pulling back the curtain” on our portable car lift, so let’s pull that curtain back a little more. (Chill, we’re wearing shorts.) To get the most out of this exercise, we need you ready to do some high-order thinking here. Think you can handle it? Thinking caps on? OK.

QuickJack Finite Element Analysis

The image to the right shows the FEA (finite element analysis) of force applied in PSI (pounds per square inch) against the QuickJack frames. In other words, we use both long math and computer-generated analysis to determine QuickJack’s structural integrity. In other other words, we don’t cut corners when it comes to safety and design. The image you see depicts the pressure exerted on one car lift frame resting at its low lock level. What do you see?

You should be noticing a lot of blue and green coloration, right? Pretty obvious. These are QuickJack’s pressure points. Using the numerical PSI key to the right of the image, what do you think the FEA results show about our design?

As you might have guessed, our FEA report is good news for anyone who values safety and quality, because the report shows that QuickJack’s frames are never dangerously stressed. The pressure they take on is evenly distributed across the frame, which increases the lifespan of your lift and decreases any risk of frame collapse (technical/mechanical failure) to basically zero.*

Here’s another cool tidbit: when raised to the max extension, there is even less force applied against the lift structure. Your everyday 1.25-ton jack stands just can’t compete with our dedication to superior engineering. And we doubt many of the other guys are going to release their FEA reports. So what does that make you wonder about us vs. them?

The Closer: Final Exams

No, there’s not really going to be a test, but we do have some homework for you. If you’re in need of a portable car lift, we don’t think you’ll find better quality or service than us, so we think you should test our claim in the real world. Here’s what you should be asking every manufacturer you consider:

1) What safety certifications do you have for your lift?
2) Do you have an FEA engineering report that you can show?
3) What gauge metal is it made from?
4) How does your lift rise?

You can get into price and all that, as well, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised—or not surprised!—how QuickJack checks virtually every box shoppers look at to feel safe and comfortable purchasing a car lift. Feel free to call us up at 800-765-9931 or email sales@quickjacklift.ca. We promise to treat you right and fit you with the best portable car lift that suits your needs. Hopefully, you enjoyed our “lesson” as much as we enjoyed “teaching” it. Good talk—time for a double-double.

*Before the safety police point their Tasers at us, we will clarify: technical failure is not the same thing as human error. If you use a car lift improperly, bad things can happen that are not the fault of the lift. All that important safety stuff is covered extensively in QuickJack’s instructional manual.