There's little doubt that the traditional farm jack is a handy piece of equipment to have when you're driving off road. You can use it to move your vehicle out of awkward situations, lifting vehicles to fill in voids beneath the tires or even as a bead breaker when you have to make a tire repair. But, as we all know, farm jacks can be dangerous. They're inherently unstable and there are countless YouTube videos of users getting injured from a rogue handle or getting their hands caught between the handle and the body of the jack. With this problem in mind, ARB's team of engineers was determined to come up with a better solution to the unsafe farm jack problem. The focus was to design a safer and easier mechanical jack while being lighter and more compact. Adding a new dimension to traditional techniques, the long-travel ARB JACK is backed by the unique power of hydraulic technology. Kicking into action when even the lightest force is applied to the handle, the hydraulics will smoothly jack the vehicle up at .5in increments with each downward maneuver. While in action, a black rubber body bumper shields the vehicle from risk of damage during the recovery. The easy-to-access red lowering lever ensures lowering the vehicle is achieved swiftly and safely thanks to the two-stage descent feature and safety stop. With the press of a lever, the user is able to adjust the lower speed between a slow or rapid descent.
I thought this was going to be the coolest thing ever, then after I bought it and read the owners manual I found that it has to be stored vertically (this was not mentioned anywhere on the ARB website). This means I can't carry it anywhere other than inside my vehicle which renders it useless to me. ARB should have made the vertical requirement clear on their website. I will get rid of this jack and go back to the old school highlift which I can at least mount on my roof rack.
from Boise, ID
1.0ARB Hydraulic Jack
Received this jack very fast. Box was in good condition but when opened it had oil all inside the plastic bag it was wrapped in. Tried the jack, it worked but would not come down. I has to use a Hi Jack to compress it enough to come down. It also spewed oil our of the release lever the whole time it was going down. put it in the shed and have not used it since. I also was not aware that you must transport this jack in the vertical position. I always store my jacks horizontally. Could not find any external mounts for it anyway. bottom line .....not sure about this one.
Response From ARB 4x4 Accessories
We are sorry you had a poor experience with the ARB Jack. If stored and maintained properly, ARB Jacks should never leak. Please contact the warranty department at ARBUSA.com/warranty and they will be happy to process your replacement.
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