Must say, though, when you do have to avail yourself of the thing, there is nothing that could take its place. But they remain a pretty dangerous device, meaning you really should get some instruction and practice before the need arises to operate one out in the scrub.
One of their less positive attributes is that they tend to be unstable – the higher you jack a vehicle, the more the instability becomes apparent. Now there are times when you can use that instability to good effect, but most of the time you want a more stable jack, which is when the Bogert Hi-Lift Jack Stabilizer comes into its own.
The US-based Bogert group of companies has spent more than 30 years making workplaces safer and more productive. Their products, designed for farmers, the military and many other applications and industries, serve four-wheel drivers just as well and are every bit as appropriate.
The kit consists of a large, flat plate which the Hi-Lift Jack’s base clips into, while two aircraft-grade cables with brackets and quick-release pins help stabilise the jack. I’ve found the plate is good to use on soft ground with any jack.
Once you have slotted the jack into the base plate and connected the cables to the jack via a quick-release bracket, it’s ready to use. You’ll find it makes the jack a lot more stable and, therefore, a lot safer. It’ll give you years of use – probably for about as long as the Hi-Lift Jack does.
Available from: www.proquip.com.au
RRP: $240 (approx.)
We Say: well-made, expensive, reliable.