"Northern Industrial Tools Hydraulic Vehicle Positioning Jacks - 12in., Pair, Model# 148331"
Vehicle Positioning Jacks are Awesome!
I read what others wrote, and their expectations were too high.
The cars were in a building, tight against each other, are from the 1960's through present, and very heavy. Many are locked, in park, and don't offer steering. The floor is 40 year old asphalt, so not an optimal floor either.
These have larger wheels, are self jacking, which saves a lot of bad dirty floor work, and they are quick to put on and off.
Out of the box they were a little stiff, but soon figured out how to hand tap them apart, slid under/around tires (in 9 inches of room next to other car), and jacked up all 4 tires successfully on a 1979 Ford LTD, a very heavy car. Because of the weight, it had been sitting for 16 years, and we couldn't get behind the car, it was up against a wall, we used a winch to pull it forward. It moved instantly, and easily, and we could swivel once it was clear of the other cars and poles (it was in a pole barn).
Because there were only 2 of us, and the old asphalt is dirty, bumpy, and cracked, we could easily move/roll the heavy car while winching. We did have a hard time getting it started by ourselves.
Once it was time to take them off, it was really easy, all you do is open the release valve, and shake a little, and the weight of the car opens them right up. You may have to tap a couple times to get enough to slip out from the tire, but it is a 15 second process.
So my review is like a super stress test, and these things performed as good if not better than I had hoped! Flawlessly!
Now just imagine you have a standard smooth floor, not the biggest car ever made, and some room to get around the car. I believe a single man could move a 4,000-6,000 lb vehicle on a smooth surface in under 4 minutes, no problem whatsoever.
IF you were on a concrete floor, a high school kid could move an entire parking lot of cars by himself, with no trouble at all.
I think these things work as advertised, very well! I bought 4 of them, and have already rented them out to move cars, on the same day I purchased them!
The one photo is a vehicle in the bad floor building, and same vehicle in an optimum floor building. These things can be used in both!
September 2, 2014
Storing my first Car...
The previous comment left me a little skeptical which lead me to a little more research. After researching the product and others, I decided to make the purchase and it WAS a good idea for my vehicle. I purchased the 12" model, the jack spreads out to 21", which can make for a snug fit on a 20" rim/wheel. Lifting the hydraulic side of the jack lowered the front wheels enough to slide by the tire fairly easy. The rest was a piece of cake. A few weeks later I lowered the car, spread the jack as far I could finding out that the above method didn't work as nice as it did going on. But by turning the jack to one side the jack slide by the tire never leaving the ground. It took approximately 10 minutes to lower the car and have it rolling down the road. 20 - 30 minutes to get the car back up and stored in the corner of the garage.
January 22, 2012
A great idea that didn't work.
I purchased the 10" model which had a problem which Northern Tool replaced with the 12" model since the original had been discontinued. The new set works better but are a bit difficult to get on the tires of my 95 Tahoe. Once I had the vehicle lifted I was unable to move it around unassisted. These dollies seem like a good idea at first but I wouldn't waste my money on them.
June 6, 2011