Hi Lift jacks taken off the market

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:44
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I was at TJM O'Connor today and got talking about hi-lift jack holders. The salesman commented that we wouldn't be seeing too many hi-lift jacks around in the future as they has been banned. Upon quizzing him further, he explained that the hi-lift jacks have recently been taken off the market because they fail to meet basic safety standards. Furthermore, he said they had to remove them off the shelf and had to return their unsold stocks of them. Sure enough, there were no hi-lift jacks to be seen in the store.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:51

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 22:51
I think he had just sold out of them...
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:01

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:01
Supacheep had a recall notice in the paper ... for the el cheepo Chinese jobs they sell.

I'd be surprised if they were banned across the board ... but then again I've also heard ridiculous stories about WHS in WA requiring steps with handrails to access the back of utes such as Holden/Ford, and I don't refer to tray backs.

So who knows??

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:19

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:19
www.recalls.gov.au

Super works high lift farm jack (Model DP3)
Date: 17/01/2005

Supplier: Super Cheap Auto

Category: Parts and Components

Product Info: Super works high lift farm jack (Model DP3)

Defect details: The jacks exceed the operating force specified in the current mandatory standard

Consumer action: Customers should return the product immediatetly to their nearest super cheap auto retail store for a refund

Consequences: Jack exceeds operating force

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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:25

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:25
Yep

Pretty well says it all ... pay peanuts .. ya get monkeys.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:48

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:48
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Reply By: Matt H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:14

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:14
I had better get out and buy one and head bush before we are all herded up and packed in cotton wool for our own safety.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:17

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:17
Current issues
Look out for high lift jacks
The Consumer Product Safety Standard for vehicle jacks provides mandatory requirements for high lift jacks. They include marking/labelling, design, construction and performance requirements. The mandatory standard is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2693:2003 Vehicle Jacks.

The mandatory standard for vehicle jacks was declared in Consumer Protection Notice No. 15 of 2003, published in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. GN 50 of 17 December 2003.

Testing
The test methods to ensure vehicle jacks comply with the mandatory standard are set out in AS/NZS 2693:2003. High lift jacks in particular need to adequately satisfy performance tests for:

Durability and overtravel test
Stop test during the lowering of the jack
Loss of height test
Overload test
Suppliers
The ACCC does not provide an approval function for goods subject to mandatory product safety or information standards. Suppliers need to ensure that the goods they import and supply in Australia comply with the relevant mandatory Australian standard. This can be done by having the product tested by a competent Australian testing laboratory or equivalent overseas testing agency.

The National Association of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA) provides a list of accredited laboratories and details of their accreditation on the website www.nata.asn.au.

To aid compliance with the mandatory standard, suppliers should read the consumer protection notice in conjunction with AS/NZS 2693:2003 Vehicle Jacks. Copies of this standard can be obtained by calling Standards Australia direct on 1300 654 646 or placing an order via the Standards Australia website www.standards.com.au

A copy of Consumer Protection Notice No. 15 of 2003 is available on the ACCC website under Product safety/mandatory consumer product safety and information standards.

Consumers can check that their high lift jacks have the following labelling and marking requirements:

The name and address in Australia or New Zealand of the manufacturer, importer or other suppliers of the jack.
The nominated capacity in kilograms stated as 'Working Load Limit…kg'.
A warning notice as follows, or words to the same effect, in letters not less than 5mm: ‘WARNING: NOT FOR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE OR WHEEL REMOVAL. DO NOT GET UNDER A RAISED VEHICLE’
and ‘THIS JACK MUST HAVE A MINIMUM LOAD OF X KG (manufacturers to nominate a load) ON IT TO LOWER STEP-BY-STEP, OTHERWISE THE LIFTING MECHANISM WILL SLIDE DOWN TO THE BASE PLATE DROPPING YOUR LOAD’.
The manufacturing batch identification.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 10:43

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 10:43
My ARB HiLift jack appears to have that sticker. Perhaps the ARB ones comply already. I haven't asked ARB myself.
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Reply By: The Rambler - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:54

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:54
Maybe it will end up like "The Gun Buy Back"scheme where we have to hand in something that we have been using for years with no problem.Whose fault is it that allowed inferior crap to find its way to Super Cheap or wherever these inferior jacks are found.Iknow that I have used mine for years with no problem and will continue to do so regardless.If anyone in Perth needs one my friend has an unused one for sale.
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Follow Up By: Matt H (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 03:18

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 03:18
Hi Rambler,

If the saying goes, 'Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have them'.(The news shows this to be true most nights. Mine are registered and will do just as much damage as those that are not) What will the saying be for Hi Lift jacks?

Matt
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 02:07

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 02:07
SUPER CHEAP.

Says it all really, doesn't it.

Wise old indian saying....

Good thing no cheap Cheap thing no good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 09:39

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 09:39
Alternate saying,
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 15:26

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 15:26
I've got a supercheap Trolly Jack in the garage at home, yes it's pretty crap but it works and WAS bloody cheap. I saw the recalls on them so I investigated further. It was recalled because the sticker was not meeting "Australian Standards".

OH NO! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO! (not that I ever read the bloody sticker on the heapo crap anyway).

QUICK EVERYONE DROP EVERYTHING AND GO GET YOUR MONEY BACK SO WE CAN BUY A QUALITY PRODUCT WITH THE CORRECT STICKER ON IT!

What a load of crap. If you climb and a car (esepcially a 4wd) lifted up by a trolly track or high lift jack with axel stands you deserve to get squashed anyway....
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 10:43

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 10:43
The humble Hi-Lift type jack is surely the chiropractor's enemy..These tools are amazing..Lifting all types (front hitch of tandems/plows,changing wheels after,of course fitting jack stand under etc) of heavy loads on the farm and trail.Pulling or pushing steel in/out when welding..Snigging heavy loads short distances (Using jack horizantal with snig chains attatched)..Even removing posts and "star" pickets..The down side.As with any WMD,take care.Always allow "Murphy" to look over your shoulder.(Murphy says "If it can happen,it will")...Used to handling loaded weapons? Treat Hi-Lifts the same.Army taught us the rite ways.See my site.
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Follow Up By: Casnat - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 17:39

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 17:39
the link to your site on your member profile doesn't seem to work??
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 14:03

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 14:03
I've heard on good authority a couple of weeks ago that none of the HiLifts presently available passed the tests for lifting vehicles.

Its likely that they will be now called "farm jacks" for splitting wood/ pulling out stumps etc

What they are used for is really up to the consumer.
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 08:56

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 08:56
Mmmmm.Where do I go from here Phil..Just tried it om my iMac.Works fine.Will get our crew inside the shop to try it on one of the PC's as soon as they clock on at 8am.Testing 1-2-3-4 Thks Phil
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Follow Up By: Dennis (Mackay) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 19:39

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 19:39
Clicking on the link adds an additional http// to the address

That's where the problem lies

Edit the link you typed in and remove the http//
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 09:26

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 09:26
Thks Dennis..Will give your tip a go (If I know how) Rgs Brian (RockyOne)
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