There is no doubt that the mechanical jack has become an essential tool in the off-road world. Developed in 1905, its original name was the handyman jack. Although it was designed as a farm tool, the off-road community saw its potential. They began using it to move vehicles out of awkward situations, lift tires to fill voids, and as a bead breaker for tire repair. It was a revolutionary piece of technology for off-roaders. However, they haven’t changed much since 1905.
Mechanical jacks can be dangerous when not maintained or used properly. They are terrifyingly unstable and can unload at any moment. A quick online search will provide plenty of examples of users getting struck by the handle or getting their fingers caught between the body and handle.
ARB’s team of engineers were tasked with finding a solution that would suit every off-roaders needs for vehicle recovery. Incorporating the most essential functions of a mechanical jack while making safety the main priority, ARB developed Jack.
The ARB Jack is a long-travel hydraulic jack that is safer and easier to use than the standard mechanical jack. Its packed with similar features while also be lighter and more compact.
By now you know that the ARB Jack is a safer alternative to the mechanical Jack. But what differences make it safer?
|SPECIFICATIONS||ARB JACK||48-IN MECHANICAL JACK|
|Min Lifting Height||6in||5in|
|Maximum Lifting Height||28-48in||37in|
|Inches Per Stroke||0.5in||Varies|
Begin by turning your vehicle off, engaging the emergency brake, and chocking the tires to prevent sliding.
Find a suitable frame lifting point on your vehicle that is directly above a study surface. Most ARB front bumpers have jack points on each side. Adjust the hook on the Jack to the highest possible setting right below the jack point. Slide the Jack hook into the jack point as far as possible while also ensuring clearance for the Jack handle.
The hydraulics of the Jack make lifting easy. Simply stroke the handle until the vehicle is lifted to the desired height.
Gently depress the red lever to lower the vehicle. Restrain yourself from pressing the red lever all the way down, this will cause the vehicle to lower rapidly. Now that the vehicle is back on the ground, the Jack can now be lowered to its compressed length. Depress the red lever all the way and apply pressure to top of the Jack until fully compressed.
Jack can now be placed in the supplied storage bag. Be sure to store Jack vertically.
Keep in mind that the weight of a vehicle is required to lower the Jack to a feasible position. Failure to use Jack unloaded will result in you having to balance ALL your weight on the Jack to compress it.
In order to create a more pleasant experience when compressing the Jack, we suggest following the break in process. This can be done by cycling the Jack; lift and lower the vehicle six to ten times continuously. The weight of the vehicle will assist in the lowering process. Once the break in is completed, the Jack will become easier to compress when pressure is applied.
Refer to the instructions provided with Jack for additional safety precautions and lifting procedures.
The ARB Jack Base provides a safe environment for the user and increases performance of the Jack by limiting slippage or sinking in the ground. Available as an add-on accessory, here are the reasons why the Jack Base is an essential piece of 4WD equipment.
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