Can highlift jack really do winching ?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 10:27
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I have a highlift jack from ARB. I've heard we can use it for winching purpose. It has been mentioned in magazine too. ...........
I am wondering how many of you have actually use this as a winch.
I think the only way to use it as a winch is to connect the top of the jack to a anchor point (tree trunk protector) and the jack's jacking point to vehicle.

But is the top of this jack strong enough for such purpose ?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 10:31

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 10:31
Yes it can if you want to move 6 -12inchs at a time, and have all day to do it in...

Nobody seriously would use a Hilift as a winch...
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Follow Up By: Time - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:37

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:37
Agree, as part of our club training we learn how to use the hilift as a winch, but you need the patience of Job and the muscles of Hercules.

I much prefer to follow club members that have an electric winch and a tow point to attach my snatch strap!

Cheers

Buggerlux
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:44

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:44
It actually takes LESS effort (per "pull") than a manual winch, but because it moves a miniscule distance each time and you have to keep stopping, chocking the vehicle and resetting the jack every time you've move one jack length, it take for bloody- ever and you probably expend more energy overall.

Its OK as a last resort.Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:56

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 11:56
It was fun listening to a mate that hydro locked his lux in a puddle, upto the tray (half way up doors), he had to use his high lift and a SNATCH STRAP!!!!!!! He laughed at me when I had bought a second hand turfor off bloke in club...

He had to go 150mtrs+ to get completely out of puddle... Now taht would have been worth seeing on video. By the time the snatch strap had taken up he went nowhere!

Guess who had last laugh!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 14:51

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 14:51
Ah, the joys of being unprepared. It probably stuffed his snatch strap, too.Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: groper greg - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 15:28

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 15:28
with some chain and steel cable a highlift jack can move the vehicle forward 1 meter at a time
www.j8g.co.uk/landy/hilift/index.html
the Claw hook should be used in preference to a Grab hook on the chains.
A Claw hook can be viewed
www.pwbanchor.com.au/transport.html#clevis_hooks
Grab hooks derate a chain capacity by one tonne and not as easy to use
if you only have a small vehicle like then a CM Rigger makes a good winch
www.pwbanchor.com.au/man_hoists.html
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Follow Up By: groper greg - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 15:32

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 15:32
www.pps.net.au/4wdencounter/4wdtech/jacking.html
few people ever use the winch and highlift jack is slow but make good winch
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Reply By: Rhubarb - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 21:21

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 21:21
As others have said, it can be done but it wouldn't be my plan A... more like plan D or E.
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Reply By: johnsy - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 22:08

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2003 at 22:08
Can teach you your vehicle or your driving ability in a big hurry!

Also great for tree extraction in landscaping.
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