5 TIPS FOR SAFE USE

4 x 4 Australia - - Techniques -

1 MAIN­TE­NANCE A high-lift jack can be­come stiff to use (or even jam) due to a build-up of dirt or mud. Store it out of the weather and al­ways give all mov­ing com­po­nents a spray with sil­i­cone lube be­fore use.

2 RE­COV­ERY POINTS If your bar­work has spe­cially de­signed high-lift jack­ing points, use them. Jack­ing off tube or plate steel won’t pro­vide a sturdy con­nec­tion, in­creas­ing the like­li­hood of the load slip­ping.

3 USE A BASE A solid base pro­vides a sta­ble lift­ing plat­form. If there’s any doubt the jack might sink into the ground, use a base to spread the load.

4 USE THE RIGHT TOOL A high-lift jack is de­signed to move heavy things, not hold them. If you’re work­ing un­der your 4x4, make sure it’s held with axle stands, or sim­i­lar.

5 MUR­PHY’S LAW If some­thing can go wrong it will. Keep any­thing you don’t want bro­ken or bruised out of the fir­ing line of the jack han­dle, the mech­a­nism, and the ve­hi­cle’s path to the ground.

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