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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby DanR » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:43 am

We called them a Handy Man jack. It was used mainly for stretching fence wire.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:16 am

Returning form a tractor trip I pulled into a station to get gas, and wen I got out of the truck I noticed a trailer tire going flat. so i started the gas running and grabbed my Hi-Lift jack and put under the trailer. Then began changing the tire. As I was finishing fueling up, another customer pulled in so close I could not operate the handle to lower it. I waited while he fueled up, then went inside, bought some refreshments, and visited with several people.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby LiL' Red » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:13 pm

I've seen too many bad things happen when using Handyman jacks to have any trust in them. I hold them in the same regard as I do our Governor!

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Smiley » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:59 pm

At one paving outfit I worked for The owner jacked up the front of one of our small pavers with one and wanted the mechanic to go under to repair whatever was wrong with it, into an area that had a maximum of about 6 " clearance. I said are you ##%**@ nuts Jimmy. Just about that time it shifted and dropped like the 10 tons of steel that it was. Needless to say we rounded up blocking and jacked it up again.
As others have said, they are inherently unstable and need to be used with extreme caution, but as someone else said, are great for jacking up, to tip yourself sideways out of mudholes.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Paul B » Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:48 pm

I would also consider the material the less expensive one are made from. If you read the "fine print", you can find the jacks with the main beam made out of cast iron, cast steel, and forged steel, with most of the less expensive ones being cast. I have one that came from TSC many years ago that has been used mainly to pull fence post or to clamp or spread something (until the top "fitting" broke), because I don't trust it to try and lift anything else very high. They may have their uses, but they are, very unstable.

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Garland Terry » Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:24 pm

A word from the steernurse: The Hi Lift Jack is an inheritly unstable tool. They are dangerous,prone to fall over, slapping the user up-side-the-head, and have the nasty habit of pinching off the end of your finger when releasing the catch. And unfortunatly "as handy as a shirt pocket"! In my 20 odd years as an ED Nurse I have seen many injuries from this particular tool. My personal favorite was the one where the victim was using the jack along with an A frame to pull a 350 out of his pickup. However if you lube the works EVERYTIME YOU USE IT!! and slap the release down with your CEE TEEs or a hammer instead of your fingers you wiil be fine. I own 3 or 4 by the way. I hope Santy was good to you. GT :D

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby jostev » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:13 am

personally I dont' think they are that dangerous, IF you use some common sense, which is not so common anymore... i see alot of bad things happen because people don't use common sense, they just do it, and than dang, something bad happened, oh well i'll just do it again, untill something/somebody breaks. they aren't meant to do everything, just certain things. and if you get slapped in the head or face... with the handle, you probably shouldn't do what you just did with it :lol: been there done that, it does hurt, but I learned my lesson :{_}: i will admit, i have done some stupid stuff with mine, but never put myself in danger, if the tractor falls off the jack, it's just gonna hit the ground, i dont' get under it or somewhere where it could fall on me/my foot or anything...using common sense can save yourself alot of pain.

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Rudi » Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:29 pm

jostev wrote:they aren't meant to do everything, just certain things. and if you get slapped in the head or face... with the handle, you probably shouldn't do what you just did with it :lol: been there done that, it does hurt, but I learned my lesson :{_}: Johnny


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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby red56turbo » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:19 am

Sounds like a nice jack Big Bill.

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby fodman » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:35 am

they are known as a widow maker's jack in my area. i have seen them slip and fall many times. they have probably killed more people than any other type of jack in the world. a buddy of mine let the handle slip and it hit him under the jaw, dislocated it on both sides. his lower jaw teeth was tuching the tip of his nose, took over an hour to get him the hospital . he did look kind of funny tho.....they do work but you put your life on the line every time you use it. just my 2 cents
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Bigdog » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:08 pm

fodman - I agree. The older ones were better made than these imports and they were dangerous enough. I shudder to think what the import stuff is like.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Boss Hog » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:51 pm

I hope I dont offend anyone and if I do I am sorry. But there are a lot of folks they do not need to try to use one of these jacks
they are dangerous at best. And from the questions I read and answer on the forum, some need supervision operating a jack of this type. And as has been said the ones that were made good are dangerous enough not to mention the cheap import ones.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby grumpy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:38 pm

David Bennett wrote:I hope I dont offend anyone and if I do I am sorry. But there are a lot of folks they do not need to try to use one of these jacks
they are dangerous at best. And from the questions I read and answer on the forum, some need supervision operating a jack of this type. And as has been said the ones that were made good are dangerous enough not to mention the cheap import ones.
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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby Miss Farmall » Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:54 pm

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Re: Got a new farm jack

Postby BigBill » Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:43 am

With any jack remember to block it up too. I like to use jack stands and wooden blocks too when jacking it up to climb underneath it. Its much safer that way that i don't trust any mechanical or hydraulic jacks.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.


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