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  • JIMCRAWL
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    Originally posted by JIMCRAWL View Post
    I have a pair of 3 ton, purchased ~ 2005, that appear (to me) to be of the same construction. P/N however is 69597. I will attempt to get clarification from HF.
    Update...HF has issued another jack stand recall. P/N 56373 has been added to the recall list. Eight more P/N have been "investigated" by HF and considered OK, but they will allow return of these also for store credit or refund. Best to check with HF, as this issue seems to be evolving.

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  • Litespud
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    I use a set of HF 6 ton stands - have done so for years for the TR6 and the Subaru. I'll have to check the #s, but one of the things about the 6-tons is that they provide adequate clearance without having to be extended at all - mine generally operate at their lowest setting anyway, so there's nowhere to fall even if the pawl is disengaged.

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  • SapphireBlue72
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    Drove out to Harbor Freight with my four old gray jack stands in a box.
    Set them down by the inside of the front window, the clerk didn't even open the box to see what was in there. Told her they were 3-Ton recalled stands.
    Stood in line for a few minutes while the register woman keyed in somethings- all she asked for was my telephone number.
    Another woman went to the stack of new boxed jack stands and brought two boxes (one pair per box) to me.
    She was singing along with a song on the store radio- I told her she could sing as well as that vocalist & she smiled.

    The new stands are heavier than the old, the post notches are a precise casting (unlike the old ones), thick coat of red paint everywhere.
    On all four of the stands, the PAWLS are slightly offset (see photo)- they are not a straight cut across the part that engages with the notches.
    I'm wondering if that was a mistake OR if they were engineered that way so that the weight is distributed across a wider section of the notch.

    There are no pins as back-up on the new stands. Was going to ask for a credit card refund to buy stands with a locking pin (Walmart sells them), but decided to accept the replacements. The clerks were all very nice & helpful. There were a lot of customers in the store, all wore masks.

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    Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 06-04-2020, 11:46 AM.

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  • JIMCRAWL
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    Originally posted by JIMCRAWL View Post
    I have a pair of 3 ton, purchased ~ 2005, that appear (to me) to be of the same construction. P/N however is 69597. I will attempt to get clarification from HF.
    Just got an email from Dillon at HF. Apparently only P/N 61196, 61197 and 56371 are subject to recall. HF states other stands are from different mfg, these have been investigated (?), and determined to be safe for continued use. To each his own, but personally, I don't trust any stand that does not have some type of pin through arrangement, where I can continually verify the status. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Ocularsharp
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    Took 2 back to HF last week and was given an immediate refund to my credit card, with a smile.

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  • SapphireBlue72
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    Thank you. Yes, the secondary lock/pin through the post is essential.

    Checking out my current HF posts- some of the notches are level, or even cut the wrong way, so the pawl could slip away from the notch.

  • Mikerla
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    The recall gave you full retail price for the jack stands and a "20%" coupon which we all know you can get all day long by searching HF Digital Coupons on the web. Be prepared that when you go to HF they won't have any jack stands in stock. Check out the Pro-LifT on Amazon. These have a secondary lock as well.

  • SapphireBlue72
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    Originally posted by tr6nitjulius View Post
    Took 4 back yesterday offered replacement settled for no hassle gift card
    What kind of replacement was offered? Only gift card or actual replacement jack stands?

    I read some more about this recall.
    Apparently there is an issue with the metal casting of the pawl that supports the upright post- perhaps a poor quality alloy metal was used (since 2012) which can snap.

    So, I will be returning mine.
    It is more serious than I initially thought--- it is not so much a design problem as a metallurgy issue.
    Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 05-27-2020, 06:48 PM.

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  • tr6nitjulius
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    Took 4 back yesterday offered replacement settled for no hassle gift card

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  • SapphireBlue72
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    On another forum, folks were saying that these were "death traps" because they don't have a locking chain & pin to set through the post.
    I agree, it would be better to have a locking chain on any jack stands you use.
    Something to consider.
    Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 05-23-2020, 12:53 PM.

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  • prasnick
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    I had the 61196 stands, and had been using them for about three years with no issues. But to my knowledge, I never caused the shift in weight that HF references in the recall. I decided to return them anyway. HF made it easy and I walked out with a gift card for the retail value of the stands, plus a 20% coupon. It was interesting that they had a lot of stands on the recall list still on the shelf, but the recall doesn't include anything sold after the end of April.

    My son is a firefighter/EMT, and told me he has been to several calls where a car has fallen on someone because they weren't using the proper support. That helped me decide to buy an EZ Car Lift.

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  • JIMCRAWL
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    I have a pair of 3 ton, purchased ~ 2005, that appear (to me) to be of the same construction. P/N however is 69597. I will attempt to get clarification from HF.
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  • SapphireBlue72
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    Just looked at my (4) Harbor Freight jack stands- 61196- was crawling around under the TR6 for three to four years using them.

    You do need to make sure the latching is fully engaged.

    I guess a proper idiot could screw up anything.

    If the arm/pawl got kicked, the pedestal could drop to its lowest level (shown). Thanks for the notice, Tush. I'll keep them, they're pretty good stands.

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  • Tush
    started a topic Harbor Freight Jack Stand Recall

    Harbor Freight Jack Stand Recall

    Just in case anyone is using these, please be aware.

    https://images.harborfreight.com/hft...1196_61197.pdf

    Cheers
    Tush

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