All You Need to Know About Farm Jacks

In comparison to other types of jacks, farm jacks are very lengthy. Farm jacks
were originally designed to lift large farm equipment such as combines and
tractors. They are still used for this purpose but because of their versatility
they can be useful in other ways. The jack consists of a long steel beam with
equally spaced holes. When a steel handle is pumped, the tongue moves along the
beam by two climbing pins. The lifting range is determined by the beam's length
as farm jacks are normally in the 48 to 68 inch range.

USES


The jacks can be used by handymen for winching and fence work. They are also
popular among off-road enthusiasts as they are rugged and easy to carry.
Another reason the jacks are popular is they are relatively light, easy to
construct, and are designed to lift extremely heavy items. Additionally, they
are used for winching, spreading, pulling, and clamping.

Safety


Using a farm jack is not difficult, but you need be careful as the jack must be
used properly in order to prevent injury. Before use, be sure to check the
jack, making sure all moving parts are aligned accordingly, and there are no
visible cracks or dents on the handle and rail. Be sure to stabilize the load
and keep all bystanders clear when the load is being raised, pulled, or
lowered. When using farm jacks, be sure to wear gloves during operation.
Additionally, it is equally important to refrain from wearing loose fitting
clothing as there is a good chance it could get caught in the jack and cause
injury. Eye protection and non-skid boots are recommended as well.

Lifting a load


When lifting a load, be sure to place the jack on a stable area to prevent
slipping or shifting. Next, put the reversing switch in the upward position.
Then place the jack’s lifting nose entirely under the object to be lifted.
Keeping a tight grip, slowly and carefully pump the handle. Once the load is
raised to the desired height, place a sliding bolt through the opening directly
below the lifting mechanism. Lastly, be sure to insert additional supports to
ensure the load is supported at the lift point. This will help prevent the load
from shifting.

Lowering a load


Before flipping the reversing switch, be sure to put the handle in the upright
position. Once the handle is upright, place the reversing switch in the down
position, then slowly pump the handle.

Maintenance


Be sure to keep the jack clean and well oiled. Additionally, the front and back
of the rail must be kept free of rust. If any part of the jack becomes damaged,
be sure to immediately discontinue use until it is properly repaired by a
professional.
 
Farm jacks are very versatile tools that are popular among outdoor enthusiasts,
farmers, and handymen. When using farm jacks, safety should come fist as it is
wise to wear gloves, non-slip boots, and refrain from loose fitting clothing.
To ensure longevity, be sure to keep the jack oiled at all times.



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