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Old 08-11-2012, 01:36 PM   #11
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Re: Hi Lift Jack

I also carry a 48" HiLift on the front bumper and have the wheel lifting hooks accessory and large plastic base. I also carry jack stands and a 6 ton bottle jack.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:34 PM   #12
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Hmmm. . . . By the time you add that all up, HiLift, wheel lift accessory, jack stand, bottle jack, various size blocks. . . Seems to me that is easily over 100 lbs. . . My rig needs a diet as it is.

I wish there was a jack that could lift 3 tons with a range of 6" to 18" and that is ALL that I would carry.

I spent some time searching, and there are some telescopic bottle jacks that almost fit the bill. Almost. . .

Does anyone know what jack comes standard with an F450?
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:32 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the info on the HiLift Jack. I just ordered the Hilift Extreme 60" from Amazon w/free shipping Cost $99. Other sites had it up to $129 + shipping.

Now the accessories.

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Old 08-11-2012, 07:52 PM   #14
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Now the accessories.

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I highly recommend the wheel lift accessory. I wouldn't think of trying to lift my 5 ton monster with a bumper jack. The wheel lift does require you to carry a jack stand and to use the jack both before and after changing the tire, but I believe it takes you from a situation of extreme danger down to one of just moderate danger.

I carry the bottle jack in case I'm lucky enough to have to change a tire on a flat solid surface and ya - the whole collection probably does come to about 100# but we carry such a huge load of stuff (I almost said crap) when we travel that it's just a drop in the bucket.
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Hmmm. . . . By the time you add that all up, HiLift, wheel lift accessory, jack stand, bottle jack, various size blocks. . . Seems to me that is easily over 100 lbs. . . My rig needs a diet as it is.

I wish there was a jack that could lift 3 tons with a range of 6" to 18" and that is ALL that I would carry.

I spent some time searching, and there are some telescopic bottle jacks that almost fit the bill. Almost. . .

Does anyone know what jack comes standard with an F450?
I could be wrong but I doubt any F series truck jack would be any better than a good bottle jack for an off road application. The problem is even the best bottle jacks are limited in what they can do. I figure the Hi Lift as another tool that can handle different tasks a bottle (or other type) jack can't do. You might research what a heavy vehicle like a Unimog would use. Most of the air bag lifts are not rated for heavy vehicles as well. I've found tall bottle jacks but they might be too tall for some applications.
http://www.weber.de/hydraulik/en/html/w ... odelle.php
https://www.weber-hydraulik.com/en/p...befecc6f1ade3e

[edit] The X-jack by ARB is supposed to lift about 8000lbs but it seems like somebody on this site claimed they won't lift an SMB. Maybe they tried to lift one side of the vehicle rather than one side of the axle? Vetter also makes bags for lifting as well but you need a compressor. Something like the Rak Jak TBT2 is a heavy thing and rated for only 2 ton
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:08 AM   #16
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Re: Hi Lift Jack

I found what looks like an interesting telescopic bottle jack:

http://www.spx.com/en/power-team/pd-bot ... lescoping/

It is a six ton jack, and has a range from 8.5 inches retracted all the way to 20.5 inches extended, and weighs only 14 pounds. Fourteen strokes to full extension. Looks like quality.

There is always a catch, however. It costs about $300.

I am going to look into this thing. . .

Why don't manufacturers make bottle jacks so they cannot slip off of an axle?
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:09 AM   #17
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Re: Hi Lift Jack

Most bottle jacks aren't intended for jacking a vehicle axle; they just happen to work for it - but not safely.

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Re: Hi Lift Jack

I got to try out my jack/ jackstand combo after the spacer bolt nearmiss yesterday. Can't recommend it highly enough. A little peace-of-mind when the wheel is off, not depending entirely on an o-ring. They are made to fit and cradle the axle just right.
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Re: Hi Lift Jack

Like this one from Tractor Supply?

http://www.tractorsupply.com/jack-stand ... PricingCmd

I have one in my van, it is intended for use under a vehicle axle.

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I got mine from Northern Tool. It's a hydraulic/air jack. Last flat I had in the backcountry, the jack worked very well powered by my Extreme Air compressor. What a pleasure that combo is!
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