Hi Lift.....Winch???????????

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 07:50
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Has anyone used a Hi lift Jack as a winch..

The Hi Lift web site has demos of it being done.....

Looks like very slow progress, but quite adequate to get you outta that tight spot....

PS The TJM steel bull bars have Hi lift mounting points hand work like a treat ;)
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Reply By: joc45 - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 10:18

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 10:18
It can be done. I remember a guy who bought a commercial kit which comprised some lengths of chain and shackles which connected into the holes of the jack. Don't know where he got it tho.
rgds
Gerry
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:18

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:18
It can be done, but you should have a long time to waste.. by the time you take up the slack, youve moved about 6-12 inches.
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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Mar 23, 2003 at 16:21

Sunday, Mar 23, 2003 at 16:21
I had a girlfriend like that once Truckster.........
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Sunday, Mar 23, 2003 at 18:06

Sunday, Mar 23, 2003 at 18:06
Like they say in the classics,


...its like throwing a sausage down a hallway :(

;)
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Reply By: Nat - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:41

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:41
What is the URL for the Hi Lift website as I am thinking about this option too.
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Follow Up By: Member - dolfn - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:44

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:44
Hi Nat,

you can find them at

http://www.hi-lift.com/accessories.htm

Cheers ;)
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:48

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:48
Dolfin, I've not done it myself but saw it demonstrated at a driver training course many years ago. It has also been shown in a recent magazine article.

It actually takes less physical effort than a winch but also takes a lot longer. You have to keep stopping, chocking the vehicle and applying the hand brake while you reposition everything. This is done every time you have "travelled" the length of the jack - very slow progress.

However, if you have the jack, long drag chain, winch extension strap, etc. already, it will get you out of a bind on the (hopefully) very rare occassions you need it. If you know you are likely to need winching often, because of your chosen route or terrain, this method will frustrate the hell out of you because it is so slow.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan
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Follow Up By: Member - dolfn - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:59

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 11:59
Thanks that is what I thought,

Im not an extreme off-roader, but plan to do the more popular off road treks. Planning Cape York in June/July, with Cape Melville/Bathurst Bay on the list. The Jack with a recovery kit, should surfice as an emergency recovery tool!

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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 12:45

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 12:45
Good luck, and have fun!Be good, or be quick.
Rohan
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Reply By: Kev. - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:11

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 18:11
I wouldnt rely on this method of recovering a vehical due to its effort and time.

More a last resort attempt of recovery id think .
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 23:10

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 23:10
For all the effort required, the time wasted, the cost of a new Hi Lift $200ish, you can spend another $150 and get second hand turfor....

Does it 100/100 easier and quicker!


ymmv
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Follow Up By: MikeyS - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 20:55

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 20:55
I agree. I tried once to see if it would work and it was a complete waste of time. The problem was that by the time you had tensioned out all the slack the jack was a max. travel. A Tirfor is the go. MikeyS
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:46

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:46
MikeyS...

Exactly what I was getting at, you move 6-12 inches at a time, good if you have to go 100mtrs!
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Reply By: jaycee - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 21:57

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 21:57
You make it sound so hard. Actually quite simple so long as you use non stretch rope and a snig chain you dont need to use vehicle handbrakes or chock the wheels. You will move the vehicle the length of the jack less a bit when you release the weight onto the snig chain. Yes it is slow but works great. New hilifts in NZ here are around $120. Only problem is the freight cost to Aust as they are reasonably heavy and wont fit in a std envelope!
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