Re: Home Depot's version of a hi-lift
Hi-Lift has two versions, one is cast steel and one is stamped for some of the pieces. The stamped is cheaper, and I can't remember if it has a lighter weight or not.
Once upon a time, round about '00, I drove to Hi-Lift in Southern Indiana and bought all their cast-steel refurbished jacks. I think I had like 8 at one point, and I intended to sell them. I'm think I have 4 or 5 left, having given 3 away as gifts. Nobody wanted to pay more than $40 when there was a $39.95 chinese jack at the farm store, and I've found it way to convenient to have several to give them away for that. My point, I guess- the $40 knock offs are nothing new.
The important thing is you want the shear pin to go before anything else on the jack- that's when you know you almost got fubar'd, and if the cheap chinese jack goes before their shear pin you are fubar'd. Jacks (even with a light Jeep) aren't something to cut corners on and save a few bucks, IMHO.