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Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1361644 Sat May 23 2020 10:44 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,466
ace skiver
I received a letter yesterday from Harbor Freight. I bought four of those 2-ton/3-ton stands 8 or more years ago (from my NY old/former address).

The letter was addressed to me at my new NC address.

Bring in the old stands for refund and gift coupon - receipt needed. I now live 45 miles from a Harbor Freight store but, I will stop in on my next trip to that area.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1361646 Sat May 23 2020 11:12 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,466
ace skiver
Looks like a good HARD KICK UPWARDS on the lock-lever [youtu.be], when the jack is lifting the truck, causes the lever/lock to release.

When the jack is not lifting anything, a light movement up of the lever causes the lever/lock to release.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1361794 Sun May 24 2020 09:23 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,039
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Shop Clutterist
Often, you will find off-shore built tools sold under a variety of brands. I wonder if these come from the same manufacturer, only with different paint and labels:

Princess Auto Jack Stand [princessauto.com]

Last edited by Gord&Fran; Sun May 24 2020 09:24 PM.

Gord
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1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1361837 Mon May 25 2020 02:24 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 7,482
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General Purpose
I wondered that also. They do know what factory had the bad "tooling" (worn wooden pattern). The ratchet teeth were not deep enough and the pawl tip not sharp enough, Probably should have used a better material for the pattern. 1.7 million harbor Freight stands affected. They don't know when it wore to the point of failure so had to recall all of them.
You can really see a huge difference in the Harbor Freight recall picture ratchet teeth and the PrincessAuto ratchet teeth compared to that YouTube video ratchet teeth at 9:58 minutes and up.
On the PrincessAuto pic you can zoom in on the single stand photo.

Just went out and looked at the teeth on my PowerBuilt stands. I guess they look OK.


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
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Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1361843 Mon May 25 2020 03:26 AM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,039
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Shop Clutterist
So, buyer beware and look for the deep ratchet teeth when buying. (Also scary is Harbor Freight clerk not wearing COVID mask properly)


Gord
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1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
Gord&Fran #1361862 Mon May 25 2020 12:40 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,466
ace skiver
Originally Posted by Gord&Fran
(Also scary is Harbor Freight clerk not wearing COVID mask properly)

A common occurrence in stores/services where I live (unfortunately).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1368150 Tue Jul 07 2020 07:39 PM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 4,647
M
Shop Shark
HF just sent me an email July 7th 2020...they are now recalling some of the replacement stands...

"we've identified a welding defect in a small number of the Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKU 56373) that replaced the recalled jack stands. We're now adding these jack stands to our recall."

Mike B smile

Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1368154 Tue Jul 07 2020 09:00 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,466
ace skiver
I am glad I have not not yet taken the 120 mile round trip to the HF store (to replace the defective stands).


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1375155 Fri Aug 28 2020 04:45 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 247
D
Unconventional Thinker
I didn't take mine back, but I bought some TEQ 6 ton stands from Carquest.


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Re: *Pittsburgh Jack Stand Recall*
olezippi #1375253 Sat Aug 29 2020 02:15 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 21,033
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Boltergeist
The front end of the big GMC fire truck that I drove to Kansas City a few years ago sat on two of those HF stands for a few weeks with both front wheels removed while I rebuilt the brakes. That was probably a pretty good test, but I'm going to inspect them carefully before I use them any more. If it's simply a matter of looking at the engagement of the ratchet pawl, the simple approach would be to fix what I've got. An angle grinder and a little judicious polishing will make them better than new, IMHO.
Jerry


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