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    Hello all

    It has probably ben asked so many times already, but which hi lift jack is recommendable? - se so many different ones with different prices. Its for a 2.4 Hilux d/c with Onca bumpers and standard suspension.
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    As to make, I find the original operates far more smoothly than the Chinese "farm jack" sold by Adendorf. I had to intervene with a screwdriver to operate my Adendorf.

    As to length, the longer the more useful it is.

    There used to be a South African equivalent which to my mind was actually the best of the lot. Unfortunately I sold mine with a vehicle a couple of decades ago.
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    If I were you I would just go to Obaro or Senwes or any co-op and buy from them.
    I have been using their jacks for years and they work 100% without the price tag of a specialist 4x4 shop.

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    I was given an original hilift jack. About 15 years old. Just gave it a service and it's perfect.

    I always wonder about those ones that are permanently mounted on vehicles. After all the rain etc, do they even work when needed. The one I was given didn't work and it spent it's life in a garage. Maybe they are just for decoration to make the vehicle look tough
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    Slaan jou tande uit en breek jou arms as jy nie reg werk daarmee nie...!Dus JA, dis seker meesal vir versiering en om "Tough" beeld te skep..
    Mees onderskatte stuk toerusing. Maar hel(!) dis 'n saak om dit saam te vat...
    Ek hou nie van swaar goed, wat hoog saamry nie...
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    Quote Originally Posted by john_ysbeer View Post
    Slaan jou tande uit en breek jou arms as jy nie reg werk daarmee nie...!Dus JA, dis seker meesal vir versiering en om "Tough" beeld te skep..
    Mees onderskatte stuk toerusing. Maar hel(!) dis 'n saak om dit saam te vat...
    Ek hou nie van swaar goed, wat hoog saamry nie...
    It deserves respect, but I have fount it very useful.

    Everytime I use it, I treat it like it wants to kill me
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    Get the original Hi Lift brand if you find/afford it...

    ...I have a imported knock off that does the job just fine and it works ok, but not as smoothly as the original.

    Nearly everyone will tell you how dangerous it is and they won’t be wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    I was given an original hilift jack. About 15 years old. Just gave it a service and it's perfect.

    I always wonder about those ones that are permanently mounted on vehicles. After all the rain etc, do they even work when needed. The one I was given didn't work and it spent it's life in a garage. Maybe they are just for decoration to make the vehicle look tough
    as long as it’s a real hi-lift, and you have a can of Q20 on hand, it will work..... they rust, but as soon as you oil it up, it works. For real expedition vehicles, or rough field work, it’s an awesome tool, but you need to know how to use it “safely”. It’s also got a lot of uses beyond just jacking. We have used them to press bearings in a pinch, winch with them, deabeed and refit tires, straiten buckled tie rods (very slowly, using a cadac braai to heat the material in between bends. But, without proper training, stay far far away from a hi lift. When it bites, it bites hard.

    don’t underestimate the value of the jack buddy also. The ability to jack a stuck wheel directly, instead of lifting the chassis can be very handy.

    proper jack points, front back and sides are also very important. It will damage panels and buckle running boards.

    if the vehicle is lifted or has long travel suspension, buy the full length 1.8 or 2 metre versions. The 1.5 metre version most guys buy to look cool, are useless....

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    The original large model (tractor jack) works well but can injure badly if used by the inexperienced especially in the field. With a large metal base-plate it can be secured. Gears , handles all need to be kept well lubricated, Mud and sand block the ratchets excessively but oil or grease lubrication use and graphite powder as used by locksmiths is best.

    Injuries are caused by slipped fast flailing handles which fracture jaws and faces easily. Plus the jack when set up to work high off the ground is very unstable and easily unbalances off the high jack crushing those working underneath.

    By use of suitable cables and chains its expansion/contraction along its poles, it can be jacked as a winch or also to apply to the wheel spokes or rims (not to the chassie) - as a Jack Buddy.

    Before ever using one, be sure to undergo plenty of well informed practice first
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    Quote Originally Posted by john_ysbeer View Post
    Slaan jou tande uit en breek jou arms as jy nie reg werk daarmee nie...!Dus JA, dis seker meesal vir versiering en om "Tough" beeld te skep..
    Mees onderskatte stuk toerusing. Maar hel(!) dis 'n saak om dit saam te vat...
    Ek hou nie van swaar goed, wat hoog saamry nie...
    Soos John hier se die ding kan seermaak so pas op, en saamstem dat dit seker een van die handigste bybehore is. Hier is so paar klein tips om die angel so effe uit sy stert te trek

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    There is only one Hi-Lift Jack, the other copies, like the FarmJack and whatever else there may be out there.
    My Hi-Lift works nearly daily. From helping out on building sites, to recoveries, and today we even used to move a container.

    We use it to lift so that we can turn the wheels 90deg to change the direction we need to move. And it works in a sand pit where we have to clean it every now and then as it binds up with sand and dust. And lubricating it just attracts more sand. But today I managed to bend the main shaft slightly when the container fell over to the one side, and the shaft got caught up in the corrugation of the wall. But it continues to work regardless. Best R250 I spent in 2006. And it has never needed a replacement part fot anything that has broken or worn out.
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    Gebruik my hi lift amper daagliks.
    Het myself al n paar keer n blaas geknyp met n draad tang. Nog nooit seer gemaak met die hi lift. Maar ek gebruik n draad tang veel minder as my hi lift.

    Ek dink iemand moet begin lesse gee in gebruik van draad tange. Vieslikke goed daai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Gebruik my hi lift amper daagliks.
    Het myself al n paar keer n blaas geknyp met n draad tang. Nog nooit seer gemaak met die hi lift. Maar ek gebruik n draad tang veel minder as my hi lift.

    Ek dink iemand moet begin lesse gee in gebruik van draad tange. Vieslikke goed daai.
    Dit wys net dat jy banger is vir die hi lift as die draad tang die masjien gereedskap stuk met die meeste ongelukke is die gewone ou elektriese boor. Mense is vrek bang vir die rolsaag en behandel hom met groot repek waar die boor is sommer maar net.

    Ek stem dat die draad tang 'n vark is, gelukkig is my hande effens groter so ek kry reg om daardie knyp stukkie by die middel amper te vermy, het my al 'n paar keer genyaps
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    Hi, my Hi-Lift jack has a slight bow in it from years of use. I have recently received another Hi-Lift jack, but this one is also bent. Can these be straightened? Both are original Hi-Lift 1.5m jacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoJan View Post
    Hi, my Hi-Lift jack has a slight bow in it from years of use. I have recently received another Hi-Lift jack, but this one is also bent. Can these be straightened? Both are original Hi-Lift 1.5m jacks.

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    Yes, they can be straightened although it's not easy to get them perfect. If it's a very slight bow, and doesn't really affect the operation, I would just leave it.
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    If it doesn't say Hi-Lift it isn't a Hi-Lift - avoid all other makes, they will after time give trouble, and probably do some serious damage to you or your vehicle. Mine is 35 years old and still works like new. As repeatedly stressed above, treat it with great respect.
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    Thanks, have used the bowed one for many years, just always curious if I should do anything about it. Will check the other one. It first needs a good clean. Mine was bought early 1990's.
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    Yes, they can be straightened although it's not easy to get them perfect. If it's a very slight bow, and doesn't really affect the operation, I would just leave it.
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    I bent mine the other day pushing a container over on it, and the top of the jack got caught in the corrugation. I was amazed how strong that jack is when I saw how much it deformed. Lucky it returned most of the way, and now also has a slight bend to it. Glad to hear others are using it like that. Thanks.
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    I also bent one - have 2 original HLJ - bending the one when the vehicle moved and the lateral force somehow bowed the shaft laterally. Sort of corrected it by applying some some counter lateral force once the jack was off, but not too much.

    When you lift with a bent shaft, pending how much the offset or bow is, the capacity will be reduced. Combined bending and axial force on a pinned column is some way worse than just axial. Can be estimated. Will depend on the effective length of the shaft.

    Gonna try to correct the bend sometime.

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    I also dislike displaying my earthly posessions on a roof rack. With my Land Rover the jack was strapped onto the legs of the rear seat using bicycle pedal clip-straps. With the Fortuner not having jack lifting points it travels behamd the rear seat with the lift buddy, without which it is pretty useless.

    Around 2006 the now defunct Nissan 4x4 forum when still in existence posted a very handy description detailing required components and operation instructions of using the high lift as a winch. I scanned it and printed a copy at the time. I lost the saved copy on a defuct drive, and the printed copy came out very faintly. I wish I could get hold of another copy.
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