Thinking about dropping the hi-lift

craig333

Expedition Leader
Change a tire with a hi lift? Sure, why not? Crawl underneath with a high lift supporting the vehicle? Now thats a no no. Still you have weigh all the factors. Repair while supported with a hi lift or walk thirty miles through the desert for help.
 

Metcalf

Expedition Leader
And Unlike The Bottle Jack and the Floor/Trolley Jack and The ARB Jack the Hi-Lift don't leak Oil every damn place
The Toyota mechanical 'bottle' jacks don't have any oil in them. They don't leak anything.
You can also use them sideways and upside down if you need to.
 

Metcalf

Expedition Leader
I'm using winch rope.
A Hi-lift is about 30-40lbs depending on which model you have. A short drum 6-9k winch with synthetic is about 40-50lbs.
I wouldn't say that is a night and day difference in weight.

Some of the new 'big' UTV winches are pushing 5500lb weight ratings and are only about 25lbs.

I've 'winched' quite a bit with a hi-lift in my younger days, I wouldn't wish that punishment on anyone.
 

luckyjoe

Adventurer
A Hi-lift is about 30-40lbs depending on which model you have. A short drum 6-9k winch with synthetic is about 40-50lbs.
I wouldn't say that is a night and day difference in weight.
I’m often alone and my vehicles do not have electric winches. Each vehicle does have its own bottle jack, and I add the Jackall if I foresee trial difficulty. I go back and forth on dropping it in favor of a winch, but in the end, the flexibility of bringing /not-bringing the jack is more appealing to always bringing the winch.

I too have ‘winched’ extensively with the jack, and while not as fast as a winch, I do actually enjoy the manual use and rigging.
 
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