Read Jacks

Database For Vintage and Classic Read Vehicle Jacks

This database is for vintage and classic Read vehicle jacks.  Many of the photos and comments have been gleaned from Ebay and other sites.  I would be pleased to add photos and comments from anyone who has information on these jacks.  Contact Me

Please note that this information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I make no claims about authority on this subject. Use your own discretion when evaluating the accuracy of the information.

All Read screw jacks are now very old.  I would recommend that they are now used only for display purposes.  If one is used for lifting a vehicle, the operator should never put them self underneath the supported area without additional load bearing equipment in place, such as block of wood. Never use bricks for this purpose.

The values are normally taken from auction sites world-wide, but exclude postage.

Request to vendors: Please feel free to use the information from these databases in your adverts. An acknowledgement of the source would be most welcome. However, please do not twist any of the information. Where I say along the lines: 'May be for car X' please make this clear in your advert. An altered statement saying: 'It is for car X' will create false facts and misinformation. If you know for certainty a jack's heritage please contact me so that I can amend the entry. Thank you.

Last updated 12 June 2017.

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Screw Jacks

 

 

 

Read Single Lift 

Description

The jack is a single screw only. It is cast READ on both sides. No other markings. It measures 7.5" closed and 11.5" extended. The handle hole is 1/2" square. 3rd picture (green jack) courtesy of Jasper Nederhoed. The fourth picture shows an additional casting on the base; 3F 2. Picture courtesy of Michael Clayson.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

1/2" square bar. length and handle type not known.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2013 = 11.01 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2014 = 4.95 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2015 = 10.00 - 1 sale

10.50 paid on UK Ebay 23 February 2016 - no handles

10.99 paid on UK Ebay 7 March 2016 - no handles

5.00 paid on UK Ebay 15 March 2016 - no handles

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 27 March 2016 - no handle

5.00 paid on UK Ebay 5 June 2016 - no handle

20.00 paid on UK Ebay 6 June 2016 - with handle (non standard)

8.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 September 2016 - no handle

5.50 paid on UK Ebay 2 May 2017 - NH

5.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 May 2017 - NH

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 10 June 2017 - NH

 

 

 

Read Single Lift England 

Description

The jack is a single screw. Unlike other Read jacks this one is a stamped casting with the maker's details. On one side it says READ and on the other is ENGLAND. Other details look the same as the entry above other than the jacking saddle.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

1/2" square bar. length and handle type not known.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 24 January 2016 - with handle

 

 

 

 

Read - Austin A30/A35 

Description

Two stage jack. No markings other markings than READ on both sides. It measures 6.25" closed and 11.75" open.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin A30/A35. See also Smiths Austin A30, A35 for other jacks.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in last photo.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value: 

Average price paid in 2014 = 12.81 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2015 = 7.50 - 2 sales

12.00 paid on UK Ebay 17 January 2016 - no handle

16.00 paid on UK Ebay 21 August 2016 - with handle

 

 

 

 

Read S421

Description

The jack has READ cast on one side and S421 7.5CWT on the other. Closed it is 7.5" tall, and 12" extended.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

The jack handle is about 32" long and 3/8"square.  The handle hole is 1" diameter.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

Read Double Lift

Description

The jack has a double screw and has READ cast on both sides. Closed it is 6.25" tall, and 12.5" extended.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

8.00 paid on UK Ebay 4 July 2016 - no handle

 

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