High lifting jacks are by far the “lowest tech” gadget you can own, despite this, it is versatile and can be used for a lot of applications.
What is high lifting jacks?
It basically explains itself in the name. A high lifting jack is a device that is able to jack up your vehicle higher than your standard bottle jack that came with your vehicle. But, it also has a lot more uses, and it can help you out of really bad situations.
How to use high lifting jacks
The primary job of high lifting jacks is to lift your vehicle if for instance one of your wheels is in a ditch, you can then get rocks or whatever you can find, shove it underneath your wheel and carry on with your venture.
When using a high lift jack your vehicle must have dedicated jacking points where you can put the high lifting jack. Most vehicles to not come standard with high lifting jack points, and you will need to install them yourself. Most aftermarket off road replacement bumpers and rock sliders have them available, but if you plan to fit a replacement for the use of high lifting jacks, be sure to specify that you need them.
You can also use a synthetic (rope) shackle to install through your wheel and hook it to the high lift jack with a d-shackle if you do not plan to use it to change a flat tyre.
Other uses for high lifting jacks
As I mentioned before, high lifting jacks can be used for a lot of tasks.
High lifting jacks can be used as a hand winch to pull out your stuck vehicle, if you do not have a winch fitted on your vehicle. It can also be used to break the bead on a tyre by placing the foot piece on the tyre, as a mobile press if you have a hard surface, picking up your vehicle to change a flat tyre, straightening a bent suspension part or piece of body, and many more.
Safety with high lifting jacks
Although high lifting jacks can be used for various task, always remember, if possible, use the right tools for the right job. Use the correct attachment parts for the job you are doing with the jack. High lifting jacks are very dangerous to work with, and I would recommend that you use some personal protective equipment while using high lifting jacks. You can read more about PPE in my personal protective equipment post.
Always expect that the jack will slip and be on your guard, as wonderful as this tool is, it can also be just as dangerous. The large arc of the handle applies a massive amount of force into the jack. So, if the jack’s mechanism or the load slips, that force can come back into the handle and turn it into a giant power hammer, always keep both hands firmly on the jack’s handle.
If you are using your high lifting jack as a winch for whatever reason, make sure someone is behind the wheel. If your vehicle becomes unstuck and you are on a downhill, your vehicle will start running forward and brakes will have to be applied.
High lifting jacks accesories
Just a few accessories for your high lift jack that I would recommend:
There is a lot more accessories available out there that gives high lifting jacks endless possibilities.
High lifting jacks are low tech, high versatility tools. They have many uses and can help you out of trouble when needed. Just be weary, as it can also be very dangerous and cause some serious injuries when used incorrectly.