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Hi lift Use?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by 2ski4life7, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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    2ski4life7

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    Hey wondering how many of you use a hi lift as a regular jack? Im talking about just lifting the truck and then putting it on jack stands. I have a really nice floor jack that I am debating on getting rid of and just using the hi lift.

    I know the hi lift is for field use and may not be the safest. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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    Never get rid of tools. Just my 2 cents. You'll need it right after you sell it.
     
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    ^^^ this. nearly every project i've undertaken has required the use of most, if not all of my tools plus having to go buy a new, specialized tool it seems. :)

    over the years, i have acquired a very comprehensive set of tools/equipment and i still find myself using a hefty portion of my arsenal.
     
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    Do you have lift points for the hi lift?
     
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    Hi lift comes in handy lots, but nothing beats a floor jack on concrete.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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    Hi Lift is all I use on my truck. Works hard and fast and I don't have to scoot down under my truck any extra.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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    I will soon.

    Do most of the floor jack still work once you lift the truck? I plan on putting a 3" fox lift on my truck down the road. I used it all the time on my beat up drift car, but since I only have a truck now it seems im under the hood a lot less until I can afford more stuff. I don't need to get rid of it, my garage got a lot smaller now though so I am trying to minimize the crap I have. especially since the hi lift I will just mount in my bed.

    But otherwise is it safe to use if you have lift points?
     
  8. Mar 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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    Or I was planning on getting a bottle jack.
     
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    My big floor jack works plenty fine just jacking from my front skid plate
     
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    My floor jack is to short since i lifted my truck, i just use a 4x4 block with my floor jack. I think max height on my floor jack is 19" IIRC. I still will still use the floor jack even though i have sliders and a hilift, just seems safer. I havnt even used my hi lift yet, i still need to drill out the bottom of my frame for the bolt on sliders.
     
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    i would keep both. hi lift jack should not be used when you can use a floor jack. they arent very safe.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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    Ya that is my main concern is the safety aspect.
     
  13. Mar 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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    Quite frankly i'm terrified of my hi-lift
     
  14. Mar 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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    I've used mine on the the ARB lift points, off the tires with the attachment and off the hitch. Just be sure to throw it in 4Hi and chuck the parking brake on the lock all the wheels. Only scary time I had was when I didn't put the parking brake on and it rolled back on me.

    Get comfortable with it. Use it. And stay out of the kill zone when you're jacking. They're nicknamed Farmer Killers for a reason.
     
  15. Mar 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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    Hi lifts are awesome, I got rid of mine because it won't get the tires off the ground. But there is always one around when on the trail, they are handy=wouldn't sell. But yes I use a floor jack at home regardless.
     
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