Of all of the ways I could potentially come to harm doing what I love, the scenario of being trapped between the earth and at least three thousand pounds of automobile might scare me even worse than fire. With fire, if I keep my wits together long enough, I have a chance of making an escape. If I’m pinned between car and ground, there’s only one word that describes my situation, and “stucked” is as close as the censors are going to allow me to get. Having to go under a vehicle for work is an inevitability if you spin your own wrenches, and when you do, being safe needs to be your paramount concern. Jackstands are top-tier on our list…always have jackstands supporting the vehicle in the correct points. They taught you that in shop class, they taught you that if you were working with the old guys at the shop. You rely on the jackstands to keep the vehicle from falling on you…and you pray that they don’t fail.
Which means that if you’ve bought jackstands from Harbor Freight, you need to go inspect them right now and verify that you don’t have one of the versions that have an issue where the locking pawl could “disengage from the extension lifting post”, which means sudden collapse. There’s two words that should bring you right into sobriety.
If you have one of these jackstands, take it to your nearest Harbor Freight store where you can exchange for a gift card equal to the “shelf price” of the stand. And be sure that you look. I know for a fact that the Rough Start Fox is sitting on a pair of stands I purchased from Harbor Freight, and you can bet your ass that I’m going to be inspecting them ASAP.