Funny, I grew up with the widow maker. It was, literally, the only jack I knew for nearly my first full decade of driving...never had a problem with it. Hell, I've even used it for jacking up a boat trailer, never had an issue. Do they physically fail, or cars just fall off? If they just fall off, it's user error.
But they do require due diligence to make sure you're on flat, solid ground, the positioning on the pinch weld is correct, and that the car is chok'd to make sure it doesn't move, *at all*.
Yo, really... that's like 3 posts up.
Tried to get it off while on the widowmaker?
Not to mention, how many roadside shoulders are level enough to use the widowmaker?
Ya good luck.
Agreed, the design is pretty elegant, but it's use is limited and doesn't factor real world scenarios.
Shoulders? That's why the car rolled on me. Long downhill in WV, the flattest place I could stop still had a decent grade on it. Just took a little inventiveness for wheel chocks and all was good.
Real-world? My space saver jacks have had some MILES on them, if you can call it that. I don't think you understand my bad luck with tires!
The point of the widowmaker hate is, the design just doesn't make sense when every non-German car I've owned came with this vastly superior design:
Conventional scissor jacks don't depend on having the jack able to "rock" on its "foot" on level ground. I can and have used these just about everywhere. I have one in my garage with a picture of a 2nd gen Corolla on it, no idea how it got there but it's a beast.
Now back to the funny:
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