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Old 02-27-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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high lift jack

I am looking to get a high lift jack but and would like any recommendations for a good brand. I am leery of Rugged Ridge, but it is the quality adequate since this is "just" a jack? Let me know your experiences.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:00 AM   #2
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I see AEV has one for $130, seems like that might be the way to go.

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Sorry all, I posted this too soon. I see Hi-Lift Jack makes the X-treme 48" jack with mounts for the TF HD Hinge, which I have, so this all makes sense.

Any feedback on the Hi-Lift brand? Thanks.
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buy the hi-lift brand. they work... like all things a little TLC once in a while and that jack will last for generations.

okay maybe not like all things... buy the hi-lift brand.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:21 AM   #5
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Thanks, Tabber, will do!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #7
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I bought the harbor freight model a few months ago and it seems well built. I have only used it a few times just to see what it lifted and to learn how it works and it worked great those times. And I got it on sale for about $50.
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I have used High Lift jacks for a number of years but recently I read here on WF a post about a nice 3 ton bottle jack/jack stand. I bought one and have used it a lot recently so I will go with the bottle jack first if possible and only the High Lift when I must. Be very careful with High Lift jacks and back down and re-position if you need to. They can kick out very quickly and hurt folks.
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Great input, thanks guys!
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Hi-Lift jacks are a great way to get your jaw broke if not careful. I own the Hi-Lift brand but I only use it when my bottle jack wont work. In the mud or soft ground. I say this because my jack broke my buddys jaw I let him borrow it and well it turned out bad.
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I have used my hi-lift jack many times and it has never let me down. Just make sure you know how to use it. After you get it, make sure you know how to work it and I assure you it will never fail you. Also regularly maintain it, especially if you plan on storing it outside of the vehicle. I have mine mounted in the rear on the inside so I don't really need to worry about it giving to the elements. Those little bottle jacks are powerful little things, and I would say would work fine. I just prefer my high lift jack.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:32 AM   #12
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This might be a dumb question, but how much lift do you get with the bottle jacks? I hadn't thought of those because they seem too short to me, but if they work that would be a great option - safe, less space taken up in the Jeep, etc. If I have a 2.5" lift and 315/70/17s, I am guessing I can get a bottle jack big enough to still create the lift I need for removing the tires? Thanks for all the great feedback.
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Only time I use my hi-lift is out on the trail when conditions warrant the use. on occasion i have used at home but carefully at that. I have my factory bottle jack I rarely use but i still carry for those little situations. i routinely use a 12 ton bottle jack i got thats great. all sorts of lift and a lot safer that the ol' hilift. i guess it boils down to the old saying of using the right tool for the job in my cases.
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Hi-Lift jacks are a great way to get your jaw broke if not careful. I own the Hi-Lift brand but I only use it when my bottle jack wont work. In the mud or soft ground. I say this because my jack broke my buddys jaw I let him borrow it and well it turned out bad.
I have both, the Hi-Lift and bottle jack. I only use the bottle jack. You do have to be careful with the Hi-Lift jack. I carry a 6x6 piece of wood and the bottle jack. Works great.
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A question for those that use bottle jacks.
What do you do when your're buried up to your axles in mud, besides digging ten yds of mud that is.
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Only time I use my hi-lift is out on the trail when conditions warrant the use. on occasion i have used at home but carefully at that. I have my factory bottle jack I rarely use but i still carry for those little situations. i routinely use a 12 ton bottle jack i got thats great. all sorts of lift and a lot safer that the ol' hilift. i guess it boils down to the old saying of using the right tool for the job in my cases.
DRG, how much lift do you get out of the 12 ton bottle jack? 15-16"? Do you use a 4x4 or anything like that with it for extra height?
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Don't forget guys, Most bottle jacks have a screw inside the ram, so you can adjust the working distance ... I like to add a "axle seat" to the ram on the bottle jack, to keep it from slipping off the axle... Pretty simple to make, short piece of pipe or tubing with a couple pieces of steel welded to it to let the axle sit on. Can also weld on a piece of pipe or tubing thats cut lengthwise that will fit the axle tube...
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So here's what I did so far. 12 ton bottle jack is Velcro buckle strapped under rear seat and a 4x4 is mounted wit the same Velcro buckle straps to the rear cage.

After that I'll probably also mount a hi lift externally.
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Here is the one I saw discussed here on WF and I bought this. It is adjustable in height and acts as a jack stand as well if you need it. So far I am very pleased with this jack and prefer it to the High Lift unless I cannot get the bottle jack in position. For the money you probably want to carry both if you can.

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DRG, how much lift do you get out of the 12 ton bottle jack? 15-16"? Do you use a 4x4 or anything like that with it for extra height?
i would say about 20" extended. I use wood if i have too, but never had. I like it. Bottle jack is quick and easy for most of my needs, but my hi lift comes in handy in special applications where the bottle just wont do
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Here is the one I saw discussed here on WF and I bought this. It is adjustable in height and acts as a jack stand as well if you need it. So far I am very pleased with this jack and prefer it to the High Lift unless I cannot get the bottle jack in position. For the money you probably want to carry both if you can.

Powerbuilt 640912 All-In-One 3-Ton Bottle Jack with Jack Stand : Amazon.com : Automotive
X2 It is a great jack, I use it all the time. I just have not figured out how to conveniently carry it in the rig.

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That all in one looks pretty stout. I agree lookin for a place to stow it in the rig might pose a challenge. Good stuff!
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I have the one from harbor fright for like $50. Works great but I just had to rattle can a coat of paint on it to keep it from rusting. Now it looks good and works good with out spending too much $$. Just make sure you know how to work it and don't stand over the handle when operating.
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If you don't want to spend the few extra bucks for a Hi-Lift, you can get it's twin at Tractor Supply. They sell Hi-Lift and their own brand, and also the optional base. Either one should work just fine.

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