Greg

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#1
Re-inventing the wheel isn’t an easy task.  Many companies try and try to bring a product to market that completely redefines the standard of a given item, and fail.  So when a company actually comes up with something that brings about considerable increases in user safety, ease of use, maintenance, weight savings, and increased portability over a long-accepted standard you have to spend some time with this new item to see how it really compares to the old standard.  In this case, I’m happy to report that ARB has come up with a worthy successor to the Hi-Lift jack – and they’ve named it after one particularly rugged and dapper looking fellow. Meet JACK.
ARB’s JACK competes with the Hi-Lift jack that has been around for more than 100 years, and in that time the Hi-Lift has become the gold standard recovery item that’s carried on all manner of rigs for good reason.  A...
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#2
IMHO as some knucklehead on the internet with no real knowledge...

Looks a lot safer than a Hi Lift but at a 3 pound weight savings and a pretty large price tag. Doubt I will get one as my Hi Lift has been left in the garage for years.

Great write up on the jack.
 
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Jonathan Hanson

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Actually it's a seven-pound weight saving, which equates to 25 percent. I measured the difference directly when I tested the ARB Jack in Australia. Personally I was impressed with it, and—if price were no object, an important point—would unhesitatingly choose it over the Hi-Lift. As to the Hi-Lift's ability to winch, clamp etc., I know how many times I've actually used it that way outside of showing students it can be done: zero. The ARB is massively superior to the Hi-Lift in its primary function: jacking. Lifting effort is reduced hugely, lowering effort does not exist except in your index finger pushing the lever. Handling and storage are easier since the ARB is only 36 inches long stowed. Increased safety is a given, and impossible to quantify in dollars given the injuries I've seen personally from a second's lack of concentration on Hi-Lift operation. So dissing the ARB on function is futile as far as I'm concerned, and it's certainly not a "joke." As to the price—that's a fair target, and I think only sales figures will tell whether ARB knew what they were doing when they stuck the tag on it. In these days of $2,000 fridges and $1500 driving lamps, I'm not sure it's that big of a leap.
 

Dave

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#6
Actually it's a seven-pound weight saving, which equates to 25 percent. I measured the difference directly when I tested the ARB Jack in Australia. Personally I was impressed with it, and—if price were no object, an important point—would unhesitatingly choose it over the Hi-Lift. As to the Hi-Lift's ability to winch, clamp etc., I know how many times I've actually used it that way outside of showing students it can be done: zero. The ARB is massively superior to the Hi-Lift in its primary function: jacking. Lifting effort is reduced hugely, lowering effort does not exist except in your index finger pushing the lever. Handling and storage are easier since the ARB is only 36 inches long stowed. Increased safety is a given, and impossible to quantify in dollars given the injuries I've seen personally from a second's lack of concentration on Hi-Lift operation. So dissing the ARB on function is futile as far as I'm concerned, and it's certainly not a "joke." As to the price—that's a fair target, and I think only sales figures will tell whether ARB knew what they were doing when they stuck the tag on it. In these days of $2,000 fridges and $1500 driving lamps, I'm not sure it's that big of a leap.
Yes, 7 lbs lighter is correct and yes, we are impressed too. I'm also in the camp of "if price were no object", and "never used" the clamping or spreading feature on a HiLift outside of classroom style demos. It's really hard for me to NOT carry a HiLift.

That said, the ARB Jack is a very nice piece of equipment.
 
#7
Great job on the unfettered write up guys. We will also note, outside of competitions and demonstrations, we have never used a HiLift for anything other than lifting. However, we are in the business of carrying equipment that possesses dual purposes and will more than likely stick to the HiLift. Having said that, we definitely wouldn't "kick her out of bed" ie... the ARB "Jack"... if we were to get our hands on one.

Billy Ross
BOLD Overland
Owner/Adventurer
I4WDTA Certified Trainer
 

Dave

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#8
Great job on the unfettered write up guys. We will also note, outside of competitions and demonstrations, we have never used a HiLift for anything other than lifting. However, we are in the business of carrying equipment that possesses dual purposes and will more than likely stick to the HiLift. Having said that, we definitely wouldn't "kick her out of bed" ie... the ARB "Jack"... if we were to get our hands on one.

Billy Ross
BOLD Overland
Owner/Adventurer
I4WDTA Certified Trainer
Thanks Billy
 
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