This has been an interesting thread to say the least. So allow me to add a bit of grist to the mill. Recently I was going to have this old POS floor jack looked at, to see if it could be repaired, bare in mind, it was a throw away from the local insurance impound car sales here in Seattle, it was left outside of the fence, I grabbed it and took it home about 12 years ago, and used it a few times, and it worked. Sadly, it got left in a high moisture area and the rest is history. It was just like the floor jacks I used to buy at sears over 20 years ago. I took it to a local shop that services jacks, "Universal Repair Service " here in Seattle, that I have experience with in the past. As soon as the owner of the shop saw it, he said, its junk and not worth the time at $80.00 an hour, to discover that its junk, and I agreed, so I left it with him in his junk pile as I set off to buy a new, 2 ton automotive floor jack. Bare in mind, at this particular shop, there are two classic floor jacks that the owner of the business owns and they are not for sale, they are the cool old school jacks, that you never see anymore, one is hydraulic and one is mechanical, and you can see that these are the genuine article, extremely well built, very stout, and built to last a lifetime by craftspeople in this country a long time ago. I still have good connections with an industrial supply house that I used to work for, and I can still get things for cost plus 5%. So I said to my connection, educate me on floor jacks now, what is good what is bad, price, etc etc etc. Man what an eye opening experience that was. I was thinking, can I get something of good quality for under $300.00 ? He said he would do the research and get back to me with a price. Try as he might, he could not beat the price at Amazon, for $401.00 plus tax. And there was one on the shelf at my local O 'Reilly's for $411.99 plus tax. Bare in mind, you cant really buy a Blackhawk, or a Balkamp, or a Walker like we used to do, back in the 60's, all of that stuff just doesn't exist anymore, as a really high quality USA built automotive floor jack. Enter the name of these guys, " SHINN FU COMPANY OF AMERICA " They bought the name " Hein Werner " and they are the overseas outfit that builds the automotive floor jacks under the "HEIN WERNER " name and the jacks are assembled here in the USA . I had to hold my breath and go ahead and go over to the parts house and purchase a new 2 ton automotive floor jack. I just didn't want to go to Harbor Freight to buy a $150.00 floor jack, only to possibly have it fail, so I opted to go for the high priced unit. Amazing that it list's for dam near $700.00, so this is what $454.22 will buy you these days, if you want a 2 ton floor jack that is well built. I am still amazed that, this is what it cost's these days, to get something like this floor jack ! Granted, this isn't as radical or as controversial as the original intent and topic of this thread, but the days of getting something that is built in this country, because you want quality and doing your best to buy American, man, times have changed, and I know this is no secret or surprise to those that are deep into the quagmire of trying to do the right thing and buy American made products. " Your mileage may vary " You can bet that this jack, wont be loaned out, or mistreated by neglect !