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    Car jack speeder

    In the shop, I use the scissor jack from my Toyota Camry for jobs other than its intended purpose. Whenever I use it I'm annoyed by the hokey crank arrangement Toyota supplies for raising and lowering it. Pictured on top right in the photo below, it's a bent steel crank with a hook on the end that engages an eye on the end of the jack screw. It's awkward to use, slips off, and is of a length that requires getting down on the ground to use it.

    What's needed is a speeder. A piece of hex aluminum scrap was given a slot so as to fit over the jack eye and a cross-drilled and tapped hole to accept a thumbscrew which locks it onto the eye. An 11/16" socket just fits the hex. With a 3/8" adaptor for my electric screwdriver, spinning the jack screw is just a matter of pushing a button. This lashup is shown in the second picture.

    A second benefit, not pictured, is that by using a 24" extension rod on the socket, I can, when using it on the car, operate the jack while standing erect. When you're 75 years old that's a very appealing feature.

    Last edited by mklotz; 07-08-2017 at 04:01 PM.
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    Thanks mklotz! We've added your Scissor Jack Speeder to our Jacks and Lifts category,
    as well as to your builder page: mklotz's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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    Hola mklotz, muy ingenioso, facil para nosotros y espectacular para las damas que les cuesta esta operación, felicitaciones.

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