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Re HF Tools That Suck [hdt4ever]
3.5 ton farm jack. Broke very quickly under 20% of the stated load ability. Not worth it or safe. went and bought a hi lift extreme jack (exact same thing) and it easily performed what bent the harborfreight one to ****. plus the hi lift jack is made in the USA and only a little more expensive.
Incidentally a lightweight tube handle (conduit?) was standard on these. One of mine is bent about 20 degrees; the other is replaced with heaver water pipe.
I used to use these 30 years ago to unstuck my Willys Wagon. Just hook under the trailer hitch, raise it 3 ft high, then tip the jack to the side to let the Willys fall into fresh undisturbed ground. Under 5 minutes to get moving again. I used one last fall to raise my (disconnected) rotary mower to pressure-wash underneath before storage. It fell on the way down.
Mine too- slips down once the load is taken off completely. In the down ratcheting position there is nothing to keep it in place once all weight is removed. Quirkey- yes but, not much different than the old bumper jacks. i used to have several bumper jacks around for other uses of course, understanding they had significantly less capacity.
Sometimes not clicking into the next ratchet step is a sign that you have maxed out the capacity (not always). sometimes the lever pull is a bit more as the load/height increases. I've had the same thing happen.
The tube on mine is alittle heavier than conduit but not quite as stout as your replacement of water pipe.
I certainly respect the limits on any type of lifting device- thats why I have a bunch of 20 ton bottle jacks.
I know they are popular even today for off roading. Back in the day, being cheap- we would throw wooden pallets in the bed of the truck and have a couple bumper jacks too. Usually could jack up the truck to put a pallet under the tire, build a bridge over a deep ditch, ramp over rocks....
Hi Lift repair kit:
Amazon.com: hi lift jack repair kit
Hi-Lift Parts & Services - Hi-Lift Jack Parts | Hi Lift Jack Company
I just noticed there's a whole thread here on Hi-Lift and clone (HF, TSC, etc) jacks including discussion of serious injuries.
Anyone considering buying one should read it. Then be even more careful. I've had several of those events occur to me, luckily without injury so far.
Been up to my eyebrows in alligators. My BIL sent me his latest Christmas wish list of tools from H/F. I cracked up when I saw this so thought I should share.
My Apologies if this has already been posted somewhere in one of the 302 pages of this thread.
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Some abrasives and most grinding wheels don't suck, that's about all I buy from them these days.
I do have about 7 free meters, a dozen screwdriver sets, and enough free scissors and tape measures to last a lifetime :D
They didn't want to let me return it in spite of the lifetime warranty. I could return it if I had a receipt OR had bought the extended warranty... Now, how the **** do you extend a lifetime warranty and what the heck is the difference?
I asked the manager where else I might have purchased a Pittsburgh. She said there were several other places... I'm not too sure about that. But it still stood to reason that HF could warranty it either way. Finally, she agreed, "Just this once" to exchange it for a functional tool.
Going to go down to the Harbor Freight store today. Can't wait to see what comes home!