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Unread 06-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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High-Lift Jack.....

Anyone ever purchase the High-Lift jack at Harbour Freight?
It seems to be the best deal for one I can find, I'm just affraid I'll be buying chinese crap and regret it.
It says its rated for a "tractor" 3500lbs.

Stop me before I buy this thing.

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Unread 06-06-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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That's simple. It's a harbor freight product...and it's a farm style jack. A hi-lift is dangerous if not properly handled. You add the possibility of weak or mis-manufactured components into that mix and you are asking for disaster. Disaster that has a very very high likelihood of resulting in serious bodily injury in an area away from immediate medical assistance. Why would you ever consider buying something like a farm jack from HF? I wouldn't. Ever seen a 500lb rated caster wheel crack in half while moving 300lbs? I hadn't until I saw an HF one do it. Ahh well, that's all the convincing I have in me. If you want to risk your *** to that thing, then go ahead and buy it. If you want something that'll keep your *** intact, then buy an actual Hi-Lift brand (I like the Xtreme ones personally).

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Unread 06-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #3
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Bought an Xtreme 485 the other day. Can't wait to use it!
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Unread 06-06-2012, 05:03 AM   #4
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Like Wintermute said, is it really worth the few $ you might save?

Hi-Lifts are usually the "how in the hell am I going to get out of this mess" tool.
I've used them. They can be dangerous. And even with a 4800 lb. rating, I don't even want to get near that much pressure on one.

Now, lets take the "farmers jack". 1k less capacity, made from questional material, with an unknown reputation.
Do you really want to trust that to get you home?
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Unread 06-06-2012, 05:08 AM   #5
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As a HFT employee I've never seen one returned or heard anything bad about them, but I'd be hesitant to buy one myself. The reviews on the site are pretty okay but there aren't many of them so there could be quite a bit of confirmation bias at work. Anyone can feel free to pm me with any questions about products they are considering by the way.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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As a HFT employee I've never seen one returned...
Thatís because they were probably killed while using it and they canít return it.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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Most of the stuff I bought at Harbor Freight doesn't work or doesn't work as well as when I bought it. I don't buy from them anymore.
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I have two floor drill presses and a few die grinders among other things that I bought many years ago and use them in my work just about every day. They are still working great just like the day I brought them home. They do have their battle scars but that just goes to show their toughness.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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Ill start off by saying i prefer american made. Although, for the price on certain things, i have some hf stuff & have never been disappointed. A friend of mine has a hb high lift jack for his tj that we have used many times w/ zero problems. Got us out of some nasty places. I say if u have the money get the high lift brand, but if not go for it.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 06:19 PM   #10
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I have the Harbor Freight jack (I wheel on a tight budget) and it hasn't given me any problems yet. I've only used it about a half dozen times, though. What I have used it for was pretty rough and it does require some attention before I wheel (fresh grease on the mechanism), but so far I've had no issues. I do prefer to buy American out of principle, though.

Others' mileage may vary.
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thanks!

Appreciate the feed back!
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Unread 06-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #12
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I have two floor drill presses and a few die grinders among other things that I bought many years ago and use them in my work just about every day. They are still working great just like the day I brought them home. They do have their battle scars but that just goes to show their toughness.
hehe, I had a die grinder from HF...lasted exactly 20min...worst part was that when it failed part of the turbine on the inside actually pierced the outer casing.

I've never tried one of their drill presses but considering the quality of even much higher end brands these days (I've used a few friends Rigids, Craftsman, Delta, etc...) I doubt I'd be willing to put up with them over my 1940's Atlas model 74 presses and my 1947 Delta DP-220 drill press. All of three of those have a TIR of less than .0005

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I live by the motto "You get what you pay for". If you want to save $20 bucks and get an unproven china Jack, go for it. You will more than likely need to replace it an buy a Highlift in the long run anyway. So that Cheapo china junk will end up costing you almost double in the end.

Same goes for damn near anything else you can buy. Do it right the first time.
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hehe, I had a die grinder from HF...lasted exactly 20min...worst part was that when it failed part of the turbine on the inside actually pierced the outer casing.

I've never tried one of their drill presses but considering the quality of even much higher end brands these days (I've used a few friends Rigids, Craftsman, Delta, etc...) I doubt I'd be willing to put up with them over my 1940's Atlas model 74 presses and my 1947 Delta DP-220 drill press. All of three of those have a TIR of less than .0005

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Wow, thatís some scary and funny stuff; I can just hear it winding up and then all of a sudden bang . If that happened to me I would never get another one from HF for sure.
Yeah, the tolerances with the cheaper drill presses like mine leave something to be desired thatís for sure but they do get the job done when you canít afford the good stuff like me.

sd92110 you might want to also do a Google search for reviews on the HF high lifts and the originals.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #15
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Yeah, that was an experience I never wanted in the first place and definitely don't want twice.

You should look on CL for some of the older drill presses. The 1940's deltas, craftsman, atlas, etc... are great machines. If you find one that's been well cared for you'll have a drill press that will last you the rest of your life and will drill a really straight and true hole. Overall they usually go for around $200 in good condition when you find them, although for something fully restored to original instead of just functional the prices go up quite a bit.

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