Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Tutorial on the Many Uses of the Hi-Lift Jack
Bruce Elfstrom of Overland Experts has written for Expedition Portal an extremely thorough tutorial on the many uses of the ubiquitous Hi-Lift Jack. This versatile tool is carried by nearly all offroaders in spite of its size and weight because it serves numerous purposes beyond that of a simple jack: it's also a winch, a clamp, and a spreader. People have even used their Hi-Lift Jack's handle as a tie rod sleeve for an emergency field repair of their broken steering linkage! Hi-Lift supplies some basic instructions with their jacks, Elfstrom's tutorial is a much better guide because - as with any powerful tool - the Hi-Lift Jack can be dangerous when used improperly.
To take full advantage of the jack's functionality, Hi-Lift makes an Off Road Kit that includes the chains, clamps, shackles, a tree strap, a winching tensioner, and other purpose-built accessories. Most 4wheelers get stuck in soft soil, mud, sand, or snow, so the jack's Off Road Base is another worthwhile accessory that improves the jack's performance. In addition, I also use a polyurethane Handle Keeper to prevent any rattles and keep the jack's handle from coming loose during transit.