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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2001, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hi-Lifts for $29.99!!

I know that this is not the for sale section but I went to one of those travelling salesman thingy's, you know, they rent space at your local fairground or civic center and sell tools and household items for decent prices. It's mainly off brand items but for the prices, they'll work until you can get some quality tools. Anyway, the paper had listed Hi-Lifts for $15, so I went over to the fairgrounds searching for the jacks and wouldn't you know it, the very thing that I am looking for didn't come in on the shipment. So I got their web address and figured I'd check that out. They have the Hi-Lift for $29.99 which I don't think is all that bad. http://www.homier.com/default.asp?pa...ies.asp?dept=2 Also search around, they have Dewalt tools that are refurbished for a pretty good discount. For all those that are in Georgia, they will be touring that area in April. Just thought I'd share this with you all.

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Re: Hi-Lifts for $29.99!!

Is that the real mccoy, or is that just a farm jack. It really doesn't matter, thats a great price.

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Buyer beware! I bought one of these jacks, thinking the same as you. It's junk, pure and simple. There is a reason the pic on the site isn't clear, and you'll see that if you order one.

The parts look very similar to the hi-lift, and may even interchange, but for $50 you can get the real thing.

The pins bend easily, and there are no bolts holding everything together, just pins. I replaced the roll and main pins with solid pins and bolts where possible. If you look at the pic, there is no top clamp, and the jack portion is straight across the "jaw", not curved up at the end. The base plate is cheesy, but can be strengthened easily enough with a metal plate. The whole metallurgy of the jack has pits in it and looks pretty bad.

I said, "Well, it may look cheesy, but it probably works the same".

Wrong.

I jacked up the Scrambler to change out the Swampers (needed them for a Zuki run), and while the jack went up fine, it wouldn't come down, no amount of lubing would help. No problem, just kick the jack over. Sure, then the jack got wedged between the Scrambler, which was back on all 4, and the ground, bowing the jacking post. I couldn't believe it. No way for it to move now. I had to get my REAL Hi-Lift (I bought this as a spare, multiple jeeps = multiple jacks, right?) and jack the Scrambler back up, then remove the fake hi-lift. I'd only go with a genuine Hi-Lift jack, not worth risking your life over if it fails. Just my opinion, but based on my observations and experiences.

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Re: Hi-Lifts for $29.99!!

I didn't know if they were the real ones or not. My Dad-in-law just gave me a Hi-lift that is the real one but it is ancient. The thing won't go back down. It is real rusty. I figure if I just soak it in some lube all the parts might just start working again. Jeepn, thanks for the insight. If they had had them at the fairgrounds I would have been able to tell you if they were "true" hi-lifts or not.

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I just got a new 60" high lift for christmas, damn this thing is big. Now the fun is trying to find a place to mount it in a cj-5. Should be fun.

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I had the same show come through my place last weekend(oshkosh,WI) and was given a free impact wrench that diddent work,it was a cummings, what the hell is that I thought they only made diesl engines, anyway all I need to do is get a certain part and it will work just fine.

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Re: Hi-Lifts for $29.99!!

I bought a bunch of other tools, and they're fine for what I do. I got a drill press, 14" chop saw (Damn doesn't THAT help!), parts washer (new for $25!), bench grinder, clamps, hammers, punches, and I can't even remember what else. All totalled I spent about $300 there. Not top quality stuff, but they work fine and I probably saved $400 anyway. It's just me using them, and I'm not looking for industrial stuff, so it's fine, and they've worked well for about 6 months.

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There was mucho stuff there. I would purchase alot of it but I'm just visiting family here in Louisiana and don't want to overload the Yukon. I'll wait and see if they come to Albany, Ga and then I will get me a bunch of stuff. I did buy there little $10 4" grinder. It's like you said, JEEPN, it'll be just me using the tools so they should last awhile.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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I was going to post this a while ago..But if you have a friend who works at truvalue.You can get hi-lifts for $30.00.A few of my friends did.The employees get everything at price and thats it.I plan on getting myself one there soon.BTW they didnt have any on the shelf.They had some catalog you can order them from


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I just checked out that website...It turns out the jack is $29.99, but they charge $20.00 for shipping. I can buy a real HI-LIFT here in town for $54.99 or less....You do the math...

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