Re: Hi-Lifts and similar tools
Who carries a hi-lift?
I bought one about 20 years ago along with a cover and the pickup bed mounts to put in my old '90 Toyota pickup and it's been sitting in my living room or another room ever since then. It's probably an antique by now and will be worth something to someone when I die.
How often have you used your hi-lift and in what situations?
I've never used mine. (see above) I have however used one that Dad had while still at home. We used them to slide the tongues on mobile homes sideways, lifted buildings, I've helped stretch fence with one, I've helped use them for a few other things around the house with Dad and friends too.
Has anyone ever seen one fail, used improperly, or cause injury?
Dad's failed or started to fail at least once that I remember. It would jack up so far and then start slipping back down if you tried to go farther. I don't remember exactly what the cause was, but he rebuilt something and replaced a pin if I remember right and it worked good again. I've seen a couple of people get hands smashed when using one. Nothing really bad. I was using one and pushing down on the handle and almost got hit in the face when it popped up, but luckily I leaned back just enough that it missed me. Back shortly after this forum was started there was a discussion on Hi-Lift jacks and the dangers. Someone posted up a few photos of their thumb that was smashed and it had split open on the sides. They got it caught between the handle and the jack and it was pretty nasty. I tried to find the thread awhile back and never could find it.
How do you maintain your hi-lift?
I bought it and set it in a corner of the living room 20 years ago and never moved it since then.
How do you carry it?
What alternatives exist and how good are they?
All I've ever used when off road is my stock jack that came with the vehicle. Even the one in the FJ would extend out enough to work with my lift and bigger tires to change a flat and I had some 2"x6"x12" boards that I could set it on or use one on top of it or whatever. I've helped a friend and we used a stock jack and he had a small hydraulic bottle jack too. I've seen those "Air Bags" that you can fill with a compressor or hook it to your exhaust used on an FJ in Moab. The guy broke an axle and pulled out one of those ARB Air Bags and stuck it up under the FJ right behind the front wheel, hooked up the hose to it and the exhaust and it lifted the FJ right up. When the tire was pulled off it was slid underneath to act like a barrier to hold the FJ if there was a problem with the air bag. It worked great and the only thing we could see that might hurt it is if you were on sharp rocks or if something on the vehicle was sharp that came in contact with it.
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