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How to use a high-lift jack

A controversial picture was recently published in SA4x4 showing a reader using a high-lift jack, but not in the correct manner under load. (The jacking handle was at the halfway position, not fully up, while he changed a tyre.) Because of this oversight, we thought the timing right to talk about high-lift jacks and how to use them, as they are a very useful overlanding tool but can also be highly dangerous when used incorrectly.

Because they are relatively low priced and have a myriad of uses, they have become a mainstay in the overlanding community and are standard kit items for militaries and rescue services across the world. A genuine cast iron Hi-Lift (1.5 metre I-beam) will set

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