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Unread 12-08-2009, 11:55 AM   #1
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hilift jack vs farm jack?

I found a highlift(offbrand) jack as ace hardware and was considering it

is the hi-lift brand the best jack?

I would like to find a kit that has the jack,recovery gear, base plate

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Unread 12-08-2009, 12:14 PM   #2
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stick with the Hi-Lift brand. made in the USA and it's actually more useful for things other than just a jack....don't expect to change tires with it, or even use it with the tires off the jeep for that matter. The base plate is a waste of money-all you need is a 3/4" scrap piece of plywood. The rest can be put together pretty easily, depending what you consider to be necessary recovery gear.

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Unread 12-08-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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why does the extreme cost more and rated less?

what size jack should I get?
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I my experience the Hi-Lift brand is easier to rebuild and obtain parts for than the HF "Farm Jack 48"
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The Xtreme costs more because it has fancy paint and attachments. It's rated for more, not less. A standard red or black Hi-Lift is fine too.

I've used my Hi-Lift three times. None of them were on the trail, nor did they have anything to do with a Jeep.
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Unread 12-08-2009, 12:34 PM   #6
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the extreme says:

* Winch, clamp, or spread up to 5,000 lbs.

Hi-Lift Cast/Steel Jack

7000lb (3175.14kg) Tested Capacity.

so if I want the best the extreme is the way to go?
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48" is pretty much the standard size most people have. Any bigger, and you'll run into issues with how to get mounted in/on your Jeep. If you want to compare quality and whatnot, Tractor Supply usually carries Hi-Lift as well as one or two no-name farm jacks.

edit: and yes, the Xtreme is.... extreme. That's the best one. Myself, I've got the mid-grade red one, and It's never failed me.
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the Xtreme is rated to winch, clamp or spread 5000lbs.
the all-cast red and cast/steel black are rated to clamp or spread 750lbs and winch 5000lbs.

http://www.hi-lift.com/media/pdfs/jack_instructions.pdf
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what is clamp/spread? I just went offroading for the second time and have only had my jeep a month

what jack/model is reccomended?
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what is clamp/spread? I just went offroading for the second time and have only had my jeep a month

what jack/model is reccomended?
they basically have only one jack...3 models on the same exact design. research the models and their features and construction, determine whats best for you. they are all the same basic thing. as stated above, for Jeeps a 48" length is best. 60" is better for full-size rigs.

clamping and spreading is useful for construction...stretching link fence, barb wire, holding beams together, etc. you can pull and set fence posts. i've even heard of multiple hi-lift's being used to aid in lifting, positioning and moving heavy manufacturing equipment (lathe, mill, etc). people use Hi-Lift's for all sorts of crazy stuff on the farm & ranch...little of which involves the actual jacking function.
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I checked out a knock off tsc store and got it... 70 out the door was not bad

the all cast 48 inch is what I went with
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I found a highlift(offbrand) jack as ace hardware and was considering it

is the hi-lift brand the best jack?

I would like to find a kit that has the jack,recovery gear, base plate
I've owned the jack the ace sells, used it plenty, no issues. I've used hilift brand, exact same thing. The one from ace was pretty tight when I first got it, I drenched it in wd40 and it was great. Save the money, buy the 'farm' jack from ace.
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I've used my Hi-Lift three times. None of them were on the trail, nor did they have anything to do with a Jeep.


x2....great for fence posts!
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Unread 12-08-2009, 08:46 PM   #14
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if you go the cheap route and buy the farm jack be sure to replace the ****ty grade 0 bolt they use to attach the base to the jack. I used mine on a trail, the jack was on a little bit of an incline and that bolt sheared, almost dropping my jeep on my face when the jack slipped out of the base. Mostly my fault for using it in not ideal conditions but still not good.
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I've used my Hi-Lift three times. None of them were on the trail, nor did they have anything to do with a Jeep.
Yeah they work really good for removing dock poles or just regular 4x4 that have been buried as posts.
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