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Harbor Freights "Hi-Lift"

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 88Silverado, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. 88Silverado

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    Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    I noticed HF has a 48" version of the hi-lift for $29.
    Anyone know anything about these?
    I looked at the actual Hi-lifts today and they are quiet abit more expensive but look very well built.

    Also, is the 48" one long enough or is the 60" the way to go?
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    is it a Hi-Lift brand jack? or a ripoff?
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    Its a knock off I was gooing to get one and then when I seen one up close I decided not to they look kind of flimsy. I end up going to the local tractor supply store and got a high lift 60 in for $40.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    Theirs is a knock off. Spend the extra $ and get a real one, a 48" should be fine. Just have some lengths of chain with you. Harbor freight is ok for some things, but I really wouldn't trust their jack. The ratchet mechanism on it looks really cheap compared to a real Hi-lift.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    The 60" you got looks like a good deal for $40 - where did you buy it? I dont plan on going all the way out there to get one /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif but I could perhaps see about finding a similar store.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

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    Its a knock off I was gooing to get one and then when I seen one up close I decided not to they look kind of flimsy. I end up going to the local tractor supply store and got a high lift 60 in for $40.

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    Sweet deal. I think I paid like $55 for mine.
    -Andrew /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    Don't buy a cheap imitation of an American made Hi-Lift. You'll be sorry, and at the worst possible moment. 48" or 60" depends on how high your rig already sits.

    I ordered a 60" from J.C. Whitney for $60 something. I can get all the accessory stuff from Summit Racing, right down the road.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    Yea....the Harbor Freights is a made in China type.
    The 60" ones I have seen are in the $65 range for all cast.
    About $10 cheaper for the cast & stampped.

    I'll get the american made one.
    Im going to have a 4" lift on the truck. Didnt know if the 48 was enough, probably get the 60" just to be safe.

    Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    i bought a cheapo 48" one at one of those traveling harber frieght type stores for 20 bucks..things been workin great so far..i use it a lot taking axles out and stuff..nice just to have in the truck to...biult pretty well also..and for 20 bucks..what the hell!?
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

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    and for 20 bucks..what the hell!?

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    I started out thinking that but I also plan on using it as a winch, if necessary, until I get one. I know the HF one is also rated for break-away at 7K lbs but if it does break, I probably wont be as pissed at myself for not paying the xtra $$$ for a well-known manufacturer. I will still go "look" at the HF one anyways.

    Now, I can see no reason to spend the xtra $$$ for the all Cast lift vs the Cast/stamped one.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    The one I have I think you can get from tractor supply I got mine from agra supply. I check the brand it was called the big red no other name but it looks just like my old 48 high lift Ive used it a few times as a winch and I use it to lift my 21 horse case tractor with no problems.
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

    I had one of those from Harbor Freight for about 1 1/2 years. i used it many times without a problem. i sold it earlier this year to stallion85. i don't think he's had any problems with it, i don't even think he's used it. i now run a 60" Hi-Lift in mine. i wanted that extra foot just in case. Murphey's law haunts me. especially when i go wheeling, even when i'm careful. hell, i ended up with 4 stitches in my chin today b/c i got smacked with a fuel hose at work. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Rick
     
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    Re: Harbor Freights \"Hi-Lift\"

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    Don't buy a cheap imitation of an American made Hi-Lift. You'll be sorry, and at the worst possible moment. 48" or 60" depends on how high your rig already sits.

    I ordered a 60" from J.C. Whitney for $60 something. I can get all the accessory stuff from Summit Racing, right down the road.

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    If you slang a chain or some other form of support around the axle and the frame so that it can't droop, an 48" can take just about any truck off the ground.
    That being said, I own the 60". /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    -Andrew /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     

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