Originally Posted by SoonerTruck
Don't trust what about it? Obviously it's not ideal for everyday use, but it's fine for a roadside emergency. It's no less stable than a comparable footprint bottle jack.
It's the fact that I've had one fail on me before. The thing collapsed on me. Luckily I didn't lose any fingers or my hand, because I know better.
A 10 ton bottle jack is not going to break lifting a corner of a 1/2 ton pickup. At least I haven't had one that is maintained fail on me. I've had ones that had never been properly maintained fail on me.
I wouldn't even think of using my bottle jack on my truck only because I have my floor jack. If my floor jack died, then I'd use the bottle jack.
Personally, I like using floor jacks, because I can stay far away if something decided to let loose, including the jack itself.
But in either case, I have 2 10 ton rated safety stands that I put under and slowly raise them as I raise the chassis with the jack. This way if it falls, it ain't falling far.