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Seeking Opinions on the Powerbuilt Unijack Jackstand/Bottlejack Combo

The Transit is the first vehicle I have owned where there is not enough room to jack the vehicle up and then place it on jackstands for any work you must do. Jacks are never relaible enough to work under, so I have been looking for a solution for brake and other work that will be coming up.

I found the Powerbuilt Unijack, which is a bottle jack combined with a jack stand. Basically, you jack the vehicle up with the bottle jack part and then engage the mechanical safety on the jackstand part.

Here is what it looks like:


Here is the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-62...ustomerReviews

Here is the manufacturers page: https://www.powerbuilt.com/collectio...QLlGmVMfL5L.97

The manufacturer has a 15% off coupon offer if you sign up for their newsletter.

Thinking of picking up two

Anybody use these on their Transit?

Thanks!
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There might be circumstances when the large footprint of that set-up might cause you some grief.

Stuck in sand with obnoxious shock mounts digging evil claws into the ground (and my back).
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There might be circumstances when the large footprint of that set-up might cause you some grief.

Stuck in sand with obnoxious shock mounts digging evil claws into the ground (and my back).
That looks painful

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I use the hi-lift with lift mate to jack the van and place jack stands. Much easier than my floor jack.
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That looks painful

More than words can describe. 9 hours. Two days later I think I had a serious inkling of what PTSD is like.
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The Transit is the first vehicle I have owned where there is not enough room to jack the vehicle up and then place it on jackstands for any work you must do. Jacks are never relaible enough to work under, so I have been looking for a solution for brake and other work that will be coming up.

I found the Powerbuilt Unijack, which is a bottle jack combined with a jack stand. Basically, you jack the vehicle up with the bottle jack part and then engage the mechanical safety on the jackstand part.

Here is what it looks like:


Here is the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-62...ustomerReviews

Here is the manufacturers page: https://www.powerbuilt.com/collectio...QLlGmVMfL5L.97

The manufacturer has a 15% off coupon offer if you sign up for their newsletter.

Thinking of picking up two

Anybody use these on their Transit?

Thanks!
I had the same issue and bought the same jack, though at a different store/brand. I shopped all over town until I realized that Home Depot has it. Got mine at Pep Boys. But, yeah, what a lame design.

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I had the same issue and bought the same jack, though at a different store/brand. I shopped all over town until I realized that Home Depot has it. Got mine at Pep Boys. But, yeah, what a lame design.
Lame in what way? The physical size/placement issue, or some other way?

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I use the hi-lift with lift mate to jack the van and place jack stands. Much easier than my floor jack.
I'm curious about where you attach this to the van. Description or photos would be helpful. Thanks.

Edit: Never mind, found it. Now I just need to figure out where I might store the jack. (have owned it for decades and have been looking for an excuse to disassemble it and paint it)


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Lame in what way? The physical size/placement issue, or some other way?
Ford’s design is lame. They should make bigger or multiple jack points so you can jack up the van with a standard bottle or floor jack, put a standard stand under it and remove the jack. You shouldn’t have to buy a special jack/stand combo. Stupid. I’m also stupid for calling all over town and then realizing that Home Depot had it in stock 5 minutes from my house.

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Two things I uncovered this past week while researching. there are two versions of this "unijack" one says 3 ton all-in-one on it and they are pretty cheap ~$40 on amazon/ebay. There is a revised version with new stickers that says (6000lbs) on it (the photo above) and various reviewers said that it appears to be of better quality with more saddle height pin hole adjustments and a revised bracket that connects the bottle jack to the jack stand that allows for more flexibility for construction work. It also comes with a better quality jack handle.

I found them at menards for $49.99 and they have a $5.50 rebate right now bringing the price down to $44.49 for the revised one

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/a...5770962&ipos=1

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