TESTED BY: NEIL WATTERSON ● KIT REQUIRED: Hi-lift jack, Hi-lift jack Off-road Kit, rope or chain
● TIME TAKEN: 20 minutes ● COST: £97.80 (jack), £97.80 (Off-road Kit) famousfour.co.uk ● HOW EASY: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ● SUCCESS RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★★
HOW IT’S DONE: The Hi-lift jack is one of those tools that all off-roaders used to have, but has fallen out of favour a bit. It is very useful, but bottle jacks are more stable for lifting, and electric winches are more convenient for recovery. As an all-rounder, the high-lift (or farm) jack is hard to beat, though. In this instance, we’re using it with the optional Off-road Kit, designed specifically for the Hi-lift brand of jacks. This includes winching chains, strop and shackle.
Ideally you use it with a suitably rated 3/8in chain (about £8 per metre), but you can use it with rope. One chain is attached to the toe of the jack, the other the rail – when you have reached the end of the pull, you simply attach the second chain to the rope or chain you’re pulling to hold the load while you reset the jack. It’ll pull about three tonnes, but you really have to work for it.