Soft sand, you say?
I've had a Hi-Lift for a decade now. It was a decade old when I got it. Been beat to death more than any jack should be allowed. I finally KO'd it when I took it apart for the first time in 20 years to clean it and straighten some bent parts -- turns out the reversing cam bar doesn't like being straightened once bent.
But since I was in the market for a taller one anyway (my 3" lift 33" tires have max'd out the 48" Hi-Lift), I saw that as my opportunity to explain to the wife how I now needed to upgrade (she didn't need to know I could order the part by itself). So now I'm the proud owner of Hi-Lift's best- the 60" Xtreme.
Since it sounds like you're new to Hi-Lifts, some pointers (all of which come from direct personal experience):
When lubing the mechanism, use a dry lube. Teflon, graphite, or some other DFL. Don't use anything that will attract and hold dust. Or you'll be out there with a hammer getting the reversing cam to kick down on every release stroke.
Speaking of keeping the mechanism lubed and clean, spend the extra bucks to get the neoprene boot (no need for the full cover). You'll wish you had if you keep it outside all the time (as in, bolted onto the truck somewhere).
The Hi-Lift is as famous for its instability as it is for its durability. The higher it goes, the easier it is to fall over. Which, if you end up dropping one side of the truck in a ditch, it quite handy because you can basically "walk" the truck sideways by lifting it to its max and then knocking it over. The instability issue is why I posted the link above to the Safe Jack. Absolutely amazing product, amazing customer service, and sticks with the K.I.S.S. principle; also, if you upgrade (or downgrade) jack sizes in the future, they have no problem shipping you just the cables.
There are at least a million different ways to mount it to whatever you want to mount it to. You could spend the big bucks on Hi-Lift's various mounts, but I have so far mounted mine three different ways in five different locations on three different trucks using $12 worth of off-the-shelf hardware at Homey Despot, including provisions for padlocking it. It currently sits on top of my ARB front bumper.
Not like you'll ever need it, but carry the rebuild kit with you. It replaces the parts that are intended to shear if the jack is ever overloaded (think winching in mud). One of those things that will break at the absolute worst time (but they don't break -- I've discovered the Hi-Lift can handle a little more than its rated capacity).
Btw- I found out this weekend that 4WP
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