The 9 Best Transmission Jacks
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in July of 2019. Like most drivetrain components, transmissions are large and heavy and require somewhat specialized tools to remove and replace them. A good jack makes the job easier, and can also help with other jobs, such as clutch replacements and even some exhaust work. We've put together a selection of the best choices for home mechanics as well as professionals. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 26, 2019:
Moving transmissions out of the way while changing a clutch can be a real headache, and removing, repairing, and replacing them can be even more difficult. The right jack can make a world of difference. If you won't be using it very often and want to save some money, consider the JEGS or Powerbuilt, which are designed for light-duty use and are passable for the occasional clutch job. The Powerbuilt, in particular, was designed for versatility in a home garage, and is perfectly functional as an everyday jack for more than just transmissions and transfer cases. If you already have a good floor jack, the 911 Motorsports adapter is worth a look, as it's good for far more than just drivetrain work and can help you place all sorts of components precisely where they need to be in advance of bolting them in or welding them on. For floor use, though, it's hard to beat the OTC 1521A for the price, which is purpose-built for transmissions and is one of the most reliable at its size. If you're outfitting a pro garage, on the other hand, OTC's 5019A is probably the way to go, though it is awfully expensive.
If you're working with a garage lift, there are a few different options you'll need to look at, because a floor model simply won't get high enough. The Sunex is quite versatile and possibly the most cost-effective -- but keep in mind, the tall variety of transmission jack will generally run you quite a bit more money. The ATD and OTC Stinger are a little bit more affordable, while OTC once again comes in on top in terms of quality with their 1728. It's immensely expensive, but if you'll be using it frequently and want to ensure safety and ease of operation, it's the way to go.