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Old 11-14-2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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high lift jacks

do you guys ever or often use your high lift jacks for winching. right now i really can't afford to throw down a few hundred bucks for a winch and was wondering if i could just get by with the jack.

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Old 11-14-2006, 04:07 PM   #2
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I have used it in a manner like that before on different things. It's not the most oportune method, but it can be helpful. Best thing for the wallet/winch syndrome is a tow strap and never wheeling alone.

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Old 11-14-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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i often hit the trails alone, so if it came down to it, i could winch myself out.
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High lift jacks are awesome for tons of uses. From winching yourself out, to getting high centered, quick repairs. Its a tool i wont hit the trail,mud, or anything without in any type of trail rig. I find myself wheeling alone when im trying out new parts, testing different tires, and pushing things to see what limit they break at. A winch is a great tool as well, so as soon as you can afford one i would definately look at getting one. One thing alot of people miss out on is make sur eyou have strong re-enforced points to pull from or hook too. Having a tow strap is kinda pointless if you dont have anything secure to hook it too that you dont have faith can withstand a lil snatching.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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I have to second all of the above. I've had my hi-lift for about 6 months now and have not had to use it once. The peace of mind knowing that if I have too use it, I can, is worth a lot to me. Money well spent. But remember if you don't have a good recovery point or a good stap what good is it.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:18 PM   #6
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Thanks!

Thanks for the insights, guys. As a result of reading the responses, I went online and ordered the hi-lift jack and the accessories. I, too, go off road alone alot and my sons have been rightfully on my case about getting stuck with no easy way out. Your responses helped me make the decision to do it right. Thanks!
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:19 PM   #7
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As far as low budget recovery tools go, you cannot beat a well set up Hi-Lift. As a poor college student, aside from my friends, the Hi-Lift is my best and only system of self recovery. I have used it many times, and it hasn't failed me yet!

Here is a short video I made of how to winch with a Hi-Lift:


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