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Why do some people not carry Hi-Lift jacks?

Drizit

TJ Addict
Feb 18, 2018
1,244
Canada
If y’all cannot tell the guy in the video is using a improperly working hi lift jack. You don’t need to use one. He was having to force the locking pins in place, as the springs were not working them. Using one hand and he got what he deserved.
I've had to use sticky hi lifts in a pinch. I usually have someone tap the thing until the pin seats all the way. If vibration won't do it, I really start to reevaluate the situation.

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TehHeep

Member
Aug 20, 2018
92
Northeast
A bunch of people feel the need to drive around with them mounted on the exterior of the jeep full time.

I am honestly surprised that more people don't have issues with the jack being constantly exposed to the elements.
 

Drizit

TJ Addict
Feb 18, 2018
1,244
Canada
A bunch of people feel the need to drive around with them mounted on the exterior of the jeep full time.

I am honestly surprised that more people don't have issues with the jack being constantly exposed to the elements.
I know the people who do that in the winter up here do.

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There must have been a time
when we could have said no.
 

Jackman

TJ Enthusiast
Aug 5, 2018
112
Mt morris,mi
The only time I ever used my hi lift Jack is when my son who was then around 15 yrs old. Ran into the front of my garage and I had to jack.it up to put it back on the foundation...
 
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looking at this and the way he kept messing with the selector. the jack was not in very good condition.
ANY tool is dangerous if not kept in good condition and used properly
Exactly, I purchased one for my first Willy’s in 1968 as a sophomore in high school to use both as a Jack and a winch (I couldn’t afford a PTO winch). I’ve had one every since. I learned how to use it correctly and used common sense when using it. It is not a toy, it is a tool and needs to be treated as such. I have used it many times in the past and have one on my Jeep today, not once was I injured in any way.
 

OldButStillJeeping

Old School Jeep TJ Tinker
Supporting Member
Feb 1, 2019
192
Southern california
I'm old school. I confess: I carry a HiLift. It's not jewelry. It works.
Is it a heavy PITA? Yes
Is it dangerous? Yes
Has it saved my skin? Yes
For changing tires I still carry a bottle jack. For lifting in off camber rocky situations to pile rocks under a tire, or to lift a wheel out of a crevace... Priceless.
I carry a HiLift, and I'm not ashamed. 😐
 

whitrzac

TJ Enthusiast
Feb 22, 2019
217
wi
I've had to use a hi lift multiple times in the past few months.

I'm not sure why everyone recomends a bottle jack. This was sketchy AF and was a pain in the butt.
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Mr. Bills

TJ Addict
Nov 24, 2017
1,630
Area Code 530
And how on earth would have lifted the jeep enough with a Hi-Lift to change that tire?

A bottle jack, square of plywood,and a shovel were the right tools for your job.
 
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whitrzac

TJ Enthusiast
Feb 22, 2019
217
wi
And how on earth would have lifted the jeep enough with a Hi-Lift to change that tire.

A bottle jack, square of plywood,and a shovel were the right tools for your job.
Off the rear shackle on the bumper.
It's what we ended up doing after fighting with the bottle jack for 30min.
 
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I'm old school. I confess: I carry a HiLift. It's not jewelry. It works.
Is it a heavy PITA? Yes
Is it dangerous? Yes
Has it saved my skin? Yes
For changing tires I still carry a bottle jack. For lifting in off camber rocky situations to pile rocks under a tire, or to lift a wheel out of a crevace... Priceless.
I carry a HiLift, and I'm not ashamed. 😐
Very usable jacks are the ones that came with GM trucks from the '70's - ?
They are a screw type, designed to lift solid type axle housings, and well made. They can be had at the auto wreckers for a few $'s . . . great in the shop, and very useful in the field.
 
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Every tool is dangerous if not used properly, Hi-Lift Jacks are no different. In virtually all cases that someone was injured they were not using the Jack properly. I’ve been using them since 1968 and have had no issues with using them as a Jack or as a winch. Bottle jacks are fine for road use but find they are all but useless off road (I live in Seattle where we have a lot of mud). I do agree if you don’t take the time to learn how to use a Hi-Lift Jack you could get hurt using it, just the same as any tool you use.