JACK REACHER

ARB REINVENTS THE HIGH-LIFT JACK WITH ITS APTLY NAMED ‘JACK’.

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FOR­GET rein­vent­ing the wheel, ARB has de­cided to rein­vent the high-lift jack, with the re­lease of its long­travel hy­draulic jack. Sim­ply called Jack, it re­tains all the func­tion­al­ity of a me­chan­i­cal jack while sig­nif­i­cantly lift­ing safety lev­els and load ca­pac­ity (Jack is rated to 2000kg). It also adds over­load pro­tec­tion (through im­ple­men­ta­tion of a blow-off valve), fea­tures an ad­di­tional safety stop on the low­er­ing lever (when com­pared to a bot­tle/trol­ley jack), and of­fers the abil­ity to quickly lower the jack in sit­u­a­tions where the ve­hi­cle be­ing re­cov­ered may move.

Jack also has a wider lift­ing range when com­pared to a 48-inch me­chan­i­cal high-lift: 160mm to 1230mm ver­sus 115mm to 946mm. The unit weighs 10.5kg, is con­structed from 6061 alu­minium for strength, has a cast al­loy base (also shaped to help break a tyre bead if nec­es­sary) and is hard-an­odised for dura­bil­ity and pro­tec­tion against cor­ro­sion. For ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion and ease of stor­age, ARB in­cludes a heavy­duty carry bag.

Jack can be used in tight spa­ces thanks to its 890mm com­pressed height, which is con­sid­er­ably lower than equiv­a­lent me­chan­i­cal high-lift jacks. Smart think­ing is be­hind the ro­tat­able base (or foot, as ARB dubs it), as it en­sures as much load weight as pos­si­ble is trans­ferred di­rectly to the ground (and base), mak­ing for a safer and more ef­fec­tive re­cov­ery.

A big sell­ing point of Jack is how straight­for­ward it is to use. You don’t need to go through a full stroke of the lever and it can be en­gaged in any po­si­tion which, as any­one who has com­pleted a tricky re­cov­ery can tell you, is bloody handy for fine con­trol of the jack­ing and re­cov­ery process.

The two-stage low­er­ing lever also aids

re­cov­er­ies and the af­ter­math by en­sur­ing the jack doesn’t ‘drop down’ sud­denly, with the first two-thirds of low­er­ing com­pleted at a lower speed than the last third. This min­imises the chance of the ve­hi­cle mov­ing un­ex­pect­edly if the jack is dropped away too quickly. The strong cast han­dle and its four-bar slide link­age com­bine very ef­fec­tively to lessen the ef­fort re­quired (read: your arm/shoul­der strength) when un­der load and lift­ing a 4x4.

Speak­ing of strength, ARB is claim­ing Jack’s teardrop body shape in­creases over­all strength of the unit, while the in­built body bumper en­sures you aren’t go­ing to lose any paint if/when Jack bangs or slides up against your ve­hi­cle. Even things like the han­dle-re­tain­ing clip are well thought-out – there’s noth­ing worse than a han­dle bang­ing about in the back of your rig, not to men­tion the po­ten­tial for the thing to break and then you’re left with, po­ten­tially, no re­cov­ery ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The ARB Jack isn’t cheap at $995.00 (RRP Aus­tralian East Coast Metro pric­ing). But hav­ing said that, with the ad­di­tional safety fea­tures, ro­bust build qual­ity, top-notch en­gi­neer­ing, higher load ca­pac­ity and over­all ease of use, Jack still makes for a great in­vest­ment. Look for an ex­ten­sive prod­uct re­view in a fu­ture is­sue.

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