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.
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.
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.
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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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.