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Old 03-29-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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Question Hi lift jack. What's the secret?

Hey guys,

I bought a 48" hi lift jack a while back and to this day have not quite fully figured it out.
Here is what seems to be the problem. When you crank it up, there are no issues whatsoever. Now, here is what happens when I reverse it to try to crank it down. I leave the handle parallel to the ground, push that little lever down to reverse the jack, everything is ok so far and the jack is still lifted, but as soon as I start cranking it down, it simply drops all the way down without doing those little step by step moves.
I have to note that I did not actually try jacking a jeep, I simply jacked the jack by itself without any weight. So perhaps when there is some weight on the jack it works fine? But you tell me.

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:35 AM   #2
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It drops like that because there is no weight on the jack, it want do that when the jeep is lifted!

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:45 AM   #3
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Keep in mind hi lift jacks can be very dangerous. They are called widow makers for a reason. I would suggest you find someone in a local club to show you the proper use of your jack before you try and use it on your own. IMO. Happy Jeep'in
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:17 AM   #4
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I have a harbor freight farm jack (like a high-lift) and if it does not have at least 100 pounds (per users guide) on it the jack will drop instead of clicking down.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:11 PM   #5
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Yup, its the lack of weight. Grab the users manual (you can get it on-line if you don't have a paper copy) if you want to know what weight it drops down at.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for your tips guys. Very helpful.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:26 PM   #7
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I have a harbor freight farm jack (like a high-lift) and if it does not have at least 100 pounds (per users guide) on it the jack will drop instead of clicking down.
On the farm we always called them handyman jacks.
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Keep in mind hi lift jacks can be very dangerous. They are called widow makers for a reason. I would suggest you find someone in a local club to show you the proper use of your jack before you try and use it on your own. IMO. Happy Jeep'in

I've never heard that. What makes them dangerous?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:28 PM   #10
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I've never heard that. What makes them dangerous?
4000 +/- (give or take) lbs resting on the end of a 48" high 1/2" thick steel bar with a 3 foot handle sticking out the front. Be careful if you sneeze while that thing is up in the air it will fall. Also dont let the handle slip from your hands while jacking, it will smack you pretty good.
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On the farm we always called them handyman jacks.
Exactly, the one my dad uses actually says "Handyman" on it. Not until I bought a Jeep did I know they were called anything else. *shrug*
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Also dont let the handle slip from your hands while jacking, it will smack you pretty good.
If it slips out of your hand it can hit you upside the head. I know.
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You know what? That youtube video was really all I needed. I just needed to watch it all the way.
Thanks.
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You know what? That youtube video was really all I needed. I just needed to watch it all the way.
Thanks.
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Thanks for that link. Saved that in my bookmarks so I'll always have that with me.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:32 PM   #17
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I have the same jack from harbor freight lol works like a charm! These things are only dangerous if your using it improperly, like most tools if you don't use it right it can be dangerous. Just take precautions and use your head
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Huh?

What's the matter, doesn't anyone remember the good ole bumper jacks?
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I remember good ole bumper jacks. I remember they were more stable than the damn hilift we have now.
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I carry a can of spray lube in my jeep because mine (hi-lift brand) is very temperamental if completely dry. And yes they can be quite dangerous. I've witnessed two broken jaws due to troublesome jacks and not being careful. Lube! Lube! Lube!
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I carry a can of spray lube in my jeep because mine (hi-lift brand) is very temperamental if completely dry. And yes they can be quite dangerous. I've witnessed two broken jaws due to troublesome jacks and not being careful. Lube! Lube! Lube!
When isn't lube the solution?

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