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hi-lift jack as a winch

Discussion in 'Towing' started by brutalguyracing, May 24, 2010.

  1. May 24, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    have any of you used your hi-lift as a winch??????
    over the last weekend i was in a crazy ditch so no problem i grab the hi-lift wrap a 30' strap around a tree shackle one end to the jack and attach 3/8 chain x 25' to truck and jack and off i go i was able to go 5' the chioke up and almost got another 3' into the second pull then i could no longer crank the jack handle.......was i just to stuck or am i getting to old???? or is this just the limit of the hi-lift??
    any advise or tips .....
    i finally found someone with a winch and he got me out
     
  2. May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    dam i guess i am the only one who ever used the hi-lift as a winch before.......
     
  3. May 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    yes it is brand new..... i have only used it 2 times to jack up the truck but never used it as a winch before.....
    i was pretty stuck and from what i understand the shear pins are rated at 5k "i think"....
    but all was going good then i choked up on the chain and went to winch it the next 5 feet and it just got harder n harder to cranck the handle until i had to give up...
    p.s. im a pretty big guy......
    just wanted to know if this is normal...
    some guy pm me and said to look for a breakin tips from the links but aperently i suck at finding anything with the search feature on here....
     
  4. May 25, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    I used mine as a winch once...but with the ORK kit they sell. Never had any problems with leverage, but it is conceivable your jack is fine and that you simply didn't have enough mechanical advantage to free your truck.
     
  5. May 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    Get a longer handle or gain weight. For the sake of health, I'd go with the longer handle.
     
  6. May 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    how stuck were you when you used yours as a winch....
    so you are saying you think my truck was just to dam stuck for a hi lift to get it out./
     
  7. May 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM
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    i already have the weight lol
    ill try a longer handle next time......
     
  8. May 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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  9. May 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM
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    Not too bad, but my truck is 2wd. I had the front right tire in a ditch, was high-sided on the skid plate, and the rear left tire was about a foot in the air. I just needed to pull it back a little bit and get that rear wheel on the ground.
     
  10. May 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    Even when used as a winch, sometimes you need to take a shovel to get some dirt out of the way. We were stuck and I first moved some dirt out of the way and other objects in order for the truck to be pulled forward. Once out of the caves that I bored with the wheels, we came right out.
     
  11. May 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    my truck was bottomed out laying on the sliders and my front wheels were hangin over a 3 foot cliff with 1 of the 2 rear wheels off of the ground......
    whata u all think????
    just too stuck or????
     
  12. May 25, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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