If you enjoy taking off-road trips with your four wheel drive Jeep, you’ll probably run into some bumpy situations from time to time. Even four wheel drive vehicles can get stuck in the mud, on a rock or in a deep rut, and getting your vehicle out of these tight spots can be quite tricky!
The Hi-Lift Jack is a remarkable tool that every off-road explorer should carry along. It’s a great item for getting your four wheel d rive out of those tough areas, and also makes a great companion for your hand winch. We even use it to inspect vehicles when we’re working our day jobs – visit us on Facebook.com or on our website for more info on car inspections in Portland and Beaverton oregon!
Why the Hi-Lift Jack is So Dependable and Strong
There are two types of Hi-Lift Jacks, the cast and steel jack, which is stamped steel and the all cast jack. Both are extremely durable and long lasting, but the all cast normally lasts a little longer under hard usage and costs a little more. Both types of jacks are made in the USA, factory tested and meet ANSI requirements The Hi-Lift Jack has the capabilityto lift, push or pull up to 7,000 pounds. If your vehicle has standard sized tires and suspensions, the 48″ jack will serve the purpose. However, if you own a vehicle with larger wheels or long travel suspensions, the 60″ jack might work best to get the job done.
Using the Hi-Lift Jack for Vehicle Recovery
Although there are many wonderful uses for the Hi-Lift Jack, vehicle recovery on the back trails is probably one ofthe most common uses when it comes to four wheel drive owners. The Hi-Lift Jack can be used to lift the vehicle from ”sticky” situations by attaching three things. First, one end of the strap should be attached to the tow hook or receiver. Secondly, you’ll attach the other end to the top clamp clevis of the jack. This clamp clevis should align straight with the jack. The jack’s base will be facing away from your vehicle. The other strap will be attached to a nearby tree or some form of secure anchor. Follow all instructions in your manual before using. Be sure to take your manual along with you on your trip.
Always wear gloves while you work with the jack. As you jack, the vehicle will begin to lift. Be sure your vehicle is steered correctly and doesn’t run over you or fall back into the hole or mud where it was stuck. You may need to re peat the jacking at full height to get your vehicle completely loosed. If there are no anchor points available, you might want to jackup each corner of the vehicle and build a dirt or rock pillar under each tire to enable you to drive out of the spot. This may take a while, but once you’re stuck, you may have no other choice.
Remember that sometimes it might be best to pull the vehicle out of a rut backwards instead of forward. Observe which tire is stuck or caught and why it’s stuck to develop a recovery strategy.
When a Hand winch is Not Enough
There are occasions when a hand winch is simply not enough to recover your vehicle. That’s another reason the
Hi-Lift Jack is so needful. It can be used asa companion to your hand winch for difficult recovery asks Sometimes winching alone won’t work, but lifting the vehicle with your Hi-Lift Jack and winching together might work.
Accessories to Carry with Your Hi-Lift Jack
Some basic items you’ll want to carry along with your jack include 25’ to 50’ cable or wire rope, work gloves, two slings or straps to protect the vehicle