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Jack size?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by xtreem3d, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Hey guys,
    in the market for a floor jack......will a 4 ton jack be capable of lifting a 28,000gvwr dump truck and maybe one side of a track machine for a track swap?............ my 3 ton is a POS
    Steve
     
  2. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    A 4 ton floor jack will not get the machine up off the ground enough to change the track. I have to use another machine to lift the rear of the skid steer to get it high enough to allow slack in the track. Also, the 4 ton jack may lift the truck, but I am not going to be getting under it. Just go get a couple of bottle jacks. You can get bottle air jacks o just regular hand pump syle for cheap. And they will lift 20 tons. I do it all the time with my big trucks.
     
  3. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    The key here is "don't go cheap!!!" buy a decent jack, you are going to pay for it, but then you don't need to worry about it failing on you. And please make sure you are working with a heavy duty jack stand or decent wood blocks.
     
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Thanks for the replies and the warnings to be safe......much appreciated
    Steve
     
  5. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    When using a jack, always remember what Confucius says " Man with no use for jack stand, soon become one "
     
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    now that's funny :laughing: