HIGH LIFT JACKS ARE NOT ADR APPROVED!

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:07
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i rang autopro the other day and asked whether they had any high lift jacks available seeing that our local 4wd is the opposite to supercheap! and they said that they are not Australian Design Regulation (is that what it stands for??) quality and therefore do not stock them anymore....

has anyone else heard of this and why? i was looking into buying one but maybe one of those exhaust lifts are better?!

Laura B

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Reply By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:12

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:12
I thought the ADR (Australian Design Rules) only applied to vehicles...
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Follow Up By: Member - laura B (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:20

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:20
yeah i dunno hey.....i dont know much about them so i couldnt even guess why they would/nt be!

Laura B

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:40

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:40
I have a 5' high lift jack, and while it may not meet ADR standards, it has gotten me out of two spots, and we even used it as a winch for a mate of mine on a trip where "nothing can go wrong" ....

So ... if it works, does it matter?

They are most unstable, which would account for them having problems with ADR standards, but that instability can be a plus ... just lift it up and then push it over and you are away. Under no circumstances would you find me (or anyone else I would hope) underneath a vehicle that is supported by a high lift.

The exhaust jacks are quite good as well. Just remember to carry a bag or something similar to cover them to reduce the risk of puncture under the car.

I understand the need for design regulations, but sometimes wonder what criteria they may use to evaluate some things.

Jack.

PS: Exhaust jacks are easier : )
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:04

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:04
welcome to a long time ago.
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:46

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:46
Apparently there is an Australia Standard for Jacks - which all hilift style jacks are meet to comply with to be sold legally (it actually has a special section covering hilift style jacks). I believe the genuine HiLift brand from USA meets the standard
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:56

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 23:56
Hi Laura,

Have a look at my post ID: 20891 of a year ago when one of our Perth based TJM's told me they were no longer stocking them because they failed to meet basic safety standards.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 07:44

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 07:44
The genuine Hi Lift is ok, here have been several recalls of cheaper copies, the most recent only last week.
The copies seem to have problems with the pins shearing when subject to high loads.
Saw one a bloke was using while away recently and it was a direct copy of a Hilift except for a few obvious bits. Even had sticker on it like the Hilift with a brand name Rilift which from distance looked like the genuine article.
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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 08:34

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 08:34
Perhaps this is why they seem to be calling them "farm jacks".

All that aside, they are simple, easy to carry and multi-purpose.

Works well for me.
Andrew.
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Reply By: macca172 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 13:37

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 13:37
maybe the salesperson got ADR's mixed up with AS/NZ standards?
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Reply By: chump_boy - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 09:01

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 09:01
Laura,

There is an Australian Standard for these jacks. I import bits and pieces from China, and there are a couple of factories making these to Australian Standards now.

For around $70-$80, you should be able to get a 4' or 5' Jack, with the details cast into the side of the unit.

Cheers,

Chump
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