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Better Hook for HiLift Jack

Discussion in 'Winching and Recovery' started by jdeng, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. jdeng

    jdeng

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    I’ve had a Hi-Lift jack for years, and never used the hook thing on the end. But when I broke the frame on a piece of farm equipment, and was struggling to get the bent/broken parts back into line so I could start welding, I discovered the hook. Absolutely perfect! I rotated it to the hook position, and it was the perfect giant clamp to draw the parts together.

    For about two strokes of the handle.
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    Then, just when it got hard enough to need both hands on the handle, the hook snapped.

    It’s only about a quarter-inch thick, and made of brittle cast iron.

    I kludged up something and got my harrow welded back together, and thought “I’m going to draw that hook up and get one cut out of steel." And I sketched up a few things, and it started to get elaborate as I thought up more and more features. And then I started searching the internet, and found out that there are a couple of devices like that on the market already, and kind of lost interest.

    But that broken hook has sat on my desk ever since. I never bought one of the fancy ones, the farm equipment budget being more suited to things like used baling wire. And the other day, I was cleaning my desk and decided that even if I couldn’t justify the $50 thing, I still needed to replace the hook on the jack. So out came the calipers, and I started designing a simple hook. I added one feature—a notch for grabbing chain, and made the whole thing out of ½” plate.

    Sent the file off to the plasma guy and got back a couple of these:
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    Seems to work just fine. If I cut any more, I’ll make them a little bit thicker there along the edge where the teeth are. The chain slot, of course, only works with certain sizes of chain. My all-purpose utility chains are 5/16, and it works fine with that. I think 3/8 will work, but I don’t seem to have one of those anymore. My small 1/4” chains that are normal will fit, but my really strong ones salvaged from a chain hoist won’t.

    So, since I’ve got this figured out, and the plasma guy has it programmed, anyone want to buy one of these for $25 plus shipping? It’ll fit in the Priority Mail $7 box. I can probably get 3 in there for the same shipping money.

    Welded, and painted with my regular dark green rattlecan primer.
     
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  2. gilamonster

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    Nice piece of steel there, looks handy.
     
  3. jdeng

    jdeng

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    Thank you. I'm pretty happy with it. May even wander out to the shop today and paint it.