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harbor freight jack stands

Post by ohiohmmwv » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:21 am

I received an email about a Harbor Freight jack stand recall. Thought I’d repost it here in case anyone is using them.





To the Harbor Freight Community:

I'm writing to apologize. I often reach out to tell you about Harbor Freight's commitment to quality and all the investments we've made to deliver quality tools at the lowest prices. Your trust matters deeply to me and I'm proud of how far we've come. So when we have a product recall, it hurts.

A few months ago, we recalled our Pittsburgh 3 ton and 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56371, 61196 and 61197) due to a manufacturer's defect. We asked customers to return them and receive a gift card that could be used to purchase replacement jack stands. I felt terrible about that recall because you should never have a concern about the safety of any of our products.

Today, I feel even worse. I'm disappointed and embarrassed because 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. Unfortunately, this defect wasn't discovered during the initial recall investigation. If you own these jack stands or any of the jack stands in our original recall, whether or not you have had an issue with them, please stop using them immediately and bring them back to your local Harbor Freight Store for a full cash refund or store credit (see details here).

We have investigated all of our other Pittsburgh 3 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56371, 56372 and 57308) as well as the Pittsburgh 6 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56368, 56369 and 56370) and Pittsburgh 12 ton steel jack stands (SKUs 56374 and 56375) and did not find the defect. Although none of these other jack stands are being recalled, if you own any of them and have any concern whatsoever, please bring them back and we'll give you a full cash refund or store credit for those as well.

I want to apologize to all of our customers. While we've dramatically grown our team of engineers and inspectors, and intensified our tests and inspections, I assure you that the lessons learned from this will drive further improvement.

As the owner and founder of Harbor Freight, I want you to know that we stand behind every product we sell and that safety will always be our top priority.

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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by dpcd67 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:45 am

What about the ones I have that I got ten years ago? I have at least 4 from HF.
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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by 17thAirborne » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:24 am

dpcd67 wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:45 am
What about the ones I have that I got ten years ago? I have at least 4 from HF.
I have those also, but need to check if they are Pittsburgh type.
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Post by 17thAirborne » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:35 am

This is from the one I purchased around 10 years ago. Harbor Freight 6-ton. As with everything metal back then:

Made in "Ch-eye-nuh"
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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by mdainsd » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:03 pm

I won't trust my life to something from china to save a few bucks.
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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by 17thAirborne » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:33 pm

mdainsd wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:03 pm
I won't trust my life to something from china to save a few bucks.
A few years ago there was not much made of metal that was manufactured in the US. We had sold our financial soul to the lowest bidder. Perhaps if we get four more years with the current leader, we might reestablish the US as a premier manufacturing country. Same thing applies to Wal Mart. A store full of cheap plastic and linen manufactured in the Pacific Rim. I know, I know many can't afford better quality
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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by dpcd67 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:08 am

You either use chinese ones or use cinder blocks. Mine are so green by now that I can't see any markings; they were originally orange. I have a M606 frame on them now.
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Re: harbor freight jack stands

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:03 am

I passed them on years ago, but these were the best ones I had ever seen....heavy? Hell yes!

1) using 1/4" steel plate, cut two circular bases that are 16" in diameter.
2) using 3" steel pipe, drill 1/2" holes through starting 4 inches from one end and every 4"....this is the BASE pipe so it can be any height you want, but 12" works well. One for each stand.
3) using 2 1/2" steel pipe (or 2 3/4"), cut another 14" section for each stand and drill a 1/2" hole through it every 4" from one end to the other. One adjustable pipe for each BASE pipe.
4) using some of that 1/4" steel plate, bend about 1/2" to 3/4" at each end to prevent anything from falling off. Two pieces about 5' long x 3" wide will do nicely. They support the frame or axle on the PLATE on top of the adjustable pipe.


Weld a BASE pipe to the center of each round base.
Weld a frame support to the top of the adjustable pipe.
Drop in the adjustable pipe section and install some 1/2" bolts in each one...buy them at least 5" long and Grade 8! You can use wing nuts for safety.

You can add some triangular gussets to the BASE pipe where it is welded to the circular base if you want extra security!

HMMVEEs are HEAVY, so are trucks so while these are overkill for jeeps, they will handle heavier vehicles just fine.....Harbor Fright jack stands? The idea is scary that they have a recall out there!
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