Get to Know Jack

4WDrive - - Reader’s Rides -

No good story ended with 'noth­ing went wrong along the way'. A story worth telling is of­ten the re­sult of the mis­for­tunes that hap­pen on the jour­ney. Be­ing pre­pared for when things go wrong is vi­tal to any off-road ad­ven­ture, and be­ing pre­pared starts with the proper re­cov­ery equipment.

ARB has de­signed the JACK; the out­come of a group of en­gi­neers who chal­lenged the sta­tus quo to bring the lat­est in hy­draulic tech­nol­ogy to the re­cov­ery space.

It is a new off-road long-travel hy­draulic jack. Its sturdy pivot base can be ro­tated a full 360 de­grees for op­ti­mal place­ment on un­sta­ble ground. The forged alu­minum hook can be quickly and eas­ily locked into one of nine hook­ing points on the ex­truded outer body.

Once a con­nec­tion is made be­tween JACK’s hook and a ded­i­cated lift­ing point on the ve­hi­cle, each full ef­fort­less pump of the han­dle will raise the ve­hi­cle 13 mm (0.5in).

At this point in the re­cov­ery, a key ben­e­fit over me­chan­i­cal jacks is the huge re­duc­tion in ef­fort re­quired to raise the ve­hi­cle. The er­gonomic han­dle is po­si­tioned at the top of the JACK al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to re­main up­right. The hy­draulic de­sign al­lows quick and short par­tial cy­cles of the han­dle rather than full strokes to achieve the same re­sult.

JACK has an ap­proved work­ing ca­pac­ity of 2000 kg (4409 lb) and while short and com­pact for easy stor­age, it boasts an im­pres­sive lift height of 122 cm (48in).

When it comes time to re­turn the ve­hi­cle to solid ground, JACK is fit­ted with a safe and sim­ple re­lease valve. The two-stage hy­drauli­cally con­trolled re­lease sys­tem (at the touch of a lever), al­lows it to re­tract slowly for the first two thirds and quicker for the fi­nal third. The hy­draulic re­lease means there is no risk of a bru­tal han­dle re­coil or load drop due to me­chan­i­cal slip.

So when it’s time to hit the trails, JACK might be just the ex­tra mus­cle you need to get you home again.


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