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Jack stand safety, everyone please read!!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 78k5, Mar 15, 2001.

  1. 78k5

    78k5 1/2 ton status

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    On Sunday I decided to skip church and work on the old k-5, well the church is right across the road from my house. My wife went to church and left me to work on my Blazer, when she and the rest of the congregation came out after service they heard me screaming and saw that yes, I was stuck under my blazer that WAS on jackstands. I was taken to the hospital and was eagerly told that I was alright other than a broken hip, broken 3x that is. I did get some stainless parts but not for my k-5 they went into my hip. Please people be careful when you are working on your stuff and take precautions, I was loosening a bolt and was pushing so hard I brought the whole thing down on me. Let this be your lesson so you don't have to feel the pain I have and realize it could cost you your life. Not to mention having to hear that it was because I skipped out on church. thanks guys and gals.

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  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Wow! Sorry to hear about that. At least you're still alive to tell the story!

    Were you using the serious, industrial type jackstands, placed on level concrete? Or some of those made-in-Taiwan specials?

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  3. 78k5

    78k5 1/2 ton status

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    Advance auto, gravel driveway, stupid idea!

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  4. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    Glad you're okay!

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  5. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Indeed! [​IMG] Jack stands only work when they are placed on something that can hold them up!

    <font color=black>HarryH3 - '75 K5</font color=black>
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  6. BadDog

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    Oh man, that stinks. Glad your ok.

    While we are on the issue of warnings, I've seen several references to people driving their rigs really fast. Don't do it. These things are not made for going fast! And even if they were, that is no guarantee. I cracked up in a 72 L-82 Vette and wound up in a wheel chair for a year *AFTER* spending 6 weeks in the hospital while they reattached my leg!

    Bad Dog

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  7. Confederate9

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    i have some of the tri pod jack stands but the tripod is only like 5-6 inches acrosse is that right? is that safe size?

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  8. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    That's not big enough for serious work under your rig. Mine have a rectangular base that's probably 8x12 inches. Those stamped steel things you can buy for $10 a pair should be outlawed. They're just an accident waiting to happen. [​IMG]

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  9. tRustyK5

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    I agree, I don't think jack-stands are the place to save money...I have a set of 3 ton square based jack stands and they hold up real well, on concrete. I also don't believe the rating on these things, the litle tri-pod ones claim to be rated way more than you'd think you need, but they are wimpy and frightening!

    Rene

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  10. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    glad to here you are ok! and i agree that jackstands are not the place to save money pay the extra and get good ones

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  11. reddog64

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    I agree... Pay the money... it's a cheap investment to save a leg... no pun intended...
    A real jerk of a guy (I saw him hit his x-girlfriend, so he deserved this in a way) was working on his car in a schucks parking lot a week ago with one of those scissor jacks when he kicked the jack by mistake.. had his head between the body and frame (real smart guy) he had to be air lifted to seattle, 60 miles away to get surgery...
    be careful...

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  12. Shawn

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    Hope you have a speedy recovery Matt. There's many times I take those stands for granted and I've had a couple close calls myself. Thanks for posting this. It might make someone think twice about safety. I like to use multiple jackstands so if one gives or slips off there's 2 more to catch it. The scary things are leaf springs and axles.



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  13. MudFrog

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    I was broke and needed a floor jack so I bought one from walmart. It was rated at 5,000 lbs. so I didn't think anything of it. Well the cylinder blew or something like that. Luckily I had jack stands under the rig. Now I can't even raise the jack without it falling back. I took it back to walmart and I'm gonna buy a good 3 1/2 ton floor jack.

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  14. HarryH3

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    If you don't have multiple sets of jackstands, you do have those big tires that you just unbolted. Just lay them under the frame. At least they'll keep the truck from falling all the way to the ground! Plus then you aren't tripping over them in the garage! [​IMG]

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  15. SAVAGE1

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    Hey Matt, Glad to hear you're okay. Its good to get reminded of saftey because its not something we always practice. Just last month I had my rear raised up with a hi-lift jack and it was on a slight slope. The damn thing tipped to the side and the jack smacked me in the shoulder! I only thing that broke was a couple studs on the side that fell. So last week I went out and got a 3 1/2 ton floor jack (Sears $65) and a pair of 12 ton industrial sized jack stands ($70). So spend the money, it could save your ass.
     
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    Glad to hear you are OK. Now I am glad I spent the money for good jack stands. I got Lincoln 6ton industrial grade jack stands. I got them mainly because my others were to short. My jack is only rated for 2.5tons but because it is industrial as well they have a much larger factor of saftey (the jack is about 100lb.). I didn't want to spend the money (a few $100 could buy alot of cool stuff for a K5) but after hearing your story I am glad I did.

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    I once folded a pair of K-mart brand jackstands under my vehicle. I now have a pair of 6 ton jackstands and always keep the floor jack under there for a back up.Man.... you are lucky it didnt land on your head. Take care.

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  18. BlazerGuy

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    Also make sure that the jackstands are in good working order. I was repacking the bearings and had 6 ton jackstand under the front of the K5. Well, the locking mechanism failed on the jackstand nearest me and if my leg had been in a slightly different position the rotor would've sliced my leg off. Glad you were ok.

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  19. Pugsley

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    Glad to hear you got away alive. I've rolled on 3 fatalities from jackstand related incidents in the past, and they are never pretty.
     
  20. Mr Red

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    Glad you're okay. After reading the posts, makes you never want to trust your jack stands. Whew....

    Buy good stuff and inspect it. For jack stands, review the stand shaft, locking mechanism and frame for cracks. On hydraulic jacks, look at the seal (where chrome shaft goes into unit) for cracks or evidence of leaking fluid.

    I investigated a tranny jack failure and found from hydrualic mfgs that there is no suggested life span for those seals or hydraulic hoses! Inspect inspect inspect before use!!!!

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