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A farm jack is one of the essential tools to have for getting yourself out of sticky situations. While they are extremely popular for off-road situations, there are a lot of places to use a hi-lift jack. These jacks lift higher than a standard floor jack and can be used on uneven surfaces.
My grandfather always said that if you can move the earth if you have a big enough lever. The farm jack is that lever.
A good example of this is a trailer with a collapsed or broken jack Regular jacks are too short to lift them up. You’ll need a farm jack to get under the tongue and lift it. These jacks are also handy for pulling stubborn fence posts, winching fence lines tight, and even for lifting an old house during foundation repair.
We also reviewed some of these jacks in another article. Best Jacks for Lifted Trucks
When off-roading, you never know when you’ll end up high centered, flipped, or stuck in a rut. When you are too far out of reach of the wrecker, these jacks are the ones that can help get the job done.
You’ll notice that the overall jack design does not vary much from jack to jack. The farm jack design has been used for over 100 years. It is one of the most proven and universal designs for solving those unique problems.
Best Farm Jacks
Hi-Lift X-treme Jack XT-605
There is no real patent on the general concept of this jack design, and the market is flooded with cheap Chinese knock offs.
I wanted a high-quality model that was “heads and shoulders” above the rest. The Hi-Lift jack is one of the most reliable brands, and their XT series jack deserves strong consideration. I also discuss the XT485 below for those who need a shorter jack.
The XT-605 is going to be taller than most of my readers need. However, it is a favorite among hardcore off-road vehicle owners. At 60-inches tall, it offers more clearance and the ability to lift a vehicle out of a wider range of stuck situations. Where the 48-inch model works well on Jeeps with 2.5 inches of lift, this one offers more clearance for trucks with 4 inches of list or for trucks that have gotten stuck and need more help.
The load capacity on this jack is a little different than the previous models we’ve talked about. It also offers 4,660 pounds of lifting capacity up to 48 inches of height. However, above that point, the weight limit drops off to only 2,660 pounds. For most Jeeps and light-duty trucks, this is not a situation. But if you are using it to do something such as pulling posts, this is an important point.
As with the other models, this multipurpose jack has a 3/8-inch chain slot for securing a chain at any point along with the jack. The X-Treme Top Clamp is an upgrade over the standard clamp-clevis that the other Hi-Lift tools offer. This allows you to ratchet, clamp, or even spread up to 5,000 pounds.
The powder-coated cast steel climbing rod and the gold zinc-plated handle and hardware help make this one more rust-resistant. I do recommend spraying down the jack monthly with an aerosol lubricant if it will frequently be in the rain or around salt water.
If you are getting ready to purchase your first high lift farm jack and want to ensure that there will never be a tractor that is too tall or a concrete-encased fence post that is too set, this is the model to go with.
Hi-Lift Lift Jack HL485
This Hi-Lift jack is made from cast iron. This makes it a little heavier but also offers a lot of durabilities.
One of the biggest challenges with these jacks is finding one that you can store outside. Rust is a real threat to these jacks, and you need one that can withstand the elements. While all of the jacks (including this one) will need to be oiled regularly to prevent rust, this one has a painted exterior that seems to make it more rust-resistant than most.
The jack will reach down as low as 4 1/2 inch off the ground and will go up to about 48 inches tall. With a 4,660-pound lifting capacity, it has 7000 pounds tested capacity to make sure that you are safely protected. A shear bolt helps to prevent lifting items that are too heavy.
You will also want to invest in the extra handle holder to help keep the handle attached and to keep it from flopping around as you move it from job to job.
Whether you need to lift a corner of your mini barn so that you can level it, or need it for ratcheting your Jeep out of the mud, this versatile tool has a well-earned place at the top of the competition.
Hi-Lift HL484 Black Cast and Steel Jack
This one uses the classic farm jack design. The stamped high-grade steel frame delivers the durability and reliability you are looking for in one of these jacks. The powder-coated finish and zinc-plated hardware protect it from rust. A Lot of people store this jack on the back of their truck, so it needs to be able to survive any environment without rusting.
When you invest in a Hi-Lift jack, you need something that can help you get out of any scenario. This one brings the ruggedness that you are looking for. However, you can also use it for pushing something out of the way, pulling something out of a rut, winching your car up a hill, and clamping something in place across a wide space.
If you pair a creative mind with this jack, there is unlimited leverage available for getting the job done.
The lifting capacity of these jacks is all pretty similar. This one offers a lifting capacity of 4,660 pounds (2114 KG), and it has been load tested up to 7,000 pounds (3175 KG). The shear bolt helps keep you from lifting weights that are too heavy for the jack, increasing the safety level.
The top winch connector is handy when you need to connect it to a cable for getting something unstuck or for stringing fences.
This is the quintessential farm jack. Heavy, durable, and ready for a fight.
Smittybilt 2722 Universal Trail Jack
Most of the jacks on our list are going to be the Hi-Lift brand. They’ve done a good job creating a wide array of these farm jacks, and they mostly fill the market need.
However, there are a few edge brands that do a good job offering some variety and keeping one brand from having a complete monopoly.
Smittybilt is one of those brands. The heavy-duty farm jack that they offer is very similar to the other ones on this list. It offers a 4,660-pound weight limit. The rubber ended handle gives you plenty of lifting power.
One of the selling points of this jack is the wide base. Most of the other models have some of the narrowest bases you’ve ever seen. This one is noticeably wider for more stability. However, folks who want to mount this on their Jeeps have complained that the wider base makes it harder to get it to fit standard mounting kits unless you are going with the bumper mount. It works well in a bumper mount configuration.
At 54 inches, it is a little taller than the standard high lift jack without being so tall that you find it unwieldy to work with.
As with the other models, this jack also offers a 5,000 pound winching and ratcheting capacity to help you pull your way out of any sticky situation.
The biggest concern with any of these models is how to keep them rust-free. You will want to lube them frequently to make sure the rust protection stays intact as the years go by.
Maasdam 1130-10 48-inch Farm Jack
The Maasdam name isn’t as well known as some of the other models discussed here. However, as the inventor of the original cable puller, they’ve been masters of the winching market since 1946.
This jack’s design demonstrates a greater quality of engineering. For example, the point where the handle inserts into the jack use a solid round handle that is welded into a square bracket. Compared to the other models that use a tapered handle design, this one appears to be thicker and more durable possibly.
Maasdam seems to agree and gives this jack an 8,000-pound rating, which is higher than most of the other models on this list.
The steel handle locks against the beam for safety during storage and transport and to keep it from pinching your fingers when you try to carry it. The other big selling point is that the climbing pins are easier to engage/disengage, making it easier to switch between modes.
It is also built to the ASME b30.1 standards and backed by a 1-year warranty, making this one a solid contender.
Hi-Lift Jack XT485
A lot of our readers need a jack that they can frequently expose to the elements. The XT485 has that extra protection of gold zinc plating to help it withstand the elements. Whether you need to lift a tractor, string a fence, pull posts, or get your Jeep out of a bad spot, the XT485 does it with greater rustproofing.
You’ll still want to oil up the jack well for added water repellant. And, it is going to perform best when stored out of extreme weather. But it holds up better than most.
This rustproofing is important for keeping the teeth clean and sharp so that you can get a perfect bite every time, even after years of use.
The two-piece handle is a nice feature. You can remove that handle for those moments when you need to use the handle as a pry bar (you know you are in a bad spot when that happens).
This jack is rated at 7,000 pounds, which is greater than the weight of most consumer vehicles. When you are in a tough spot, this one provides the leverage you need to move an obstacle out of the way.
A lot of times, Jeep owners put oversized tires on their vehicles to help keep them from getting stuck. This jack works well with Jeeps that have oversized tires and up to 40 inches tall. The 48-inch tall jack seems to give you enough room to get the car off the ground for a tire change. However, if you need an off-road jack to use for a jeep with oversized tires, then also check out the XT-605 reviewed above.
As with most of the other options, it has the cable attachment that easily screws to the top of the winch with a wingnut. This means that you can
Torin Big Red 60″ Farm Off-Road & Farm Jack
Torin is one of those few brands that specialize in lifting heavy items. We’ve worked with their jacks before when trying to lift tall SUVs [Click Here To See The Reviews] and they also make some of the best engine lifts on the market.
So when it comes to lifting heavy and tall items, they have demonstrated their expertise.
This 60-inch tall jack can come in handy for lifting vehicles. If you have a farm truck that needs a tire changed or a lifted truck that you need to get off the ground, this is the perfect jack for this.
One of the downsides of this jack is the advertised 3-ton capacity. This higher rating entices a lot of folks to choose this jack over the 4,660 pound capacity of the competition. However, there is a lot of feedback that this jack tends to fail at well before the 3-ton limit.
It also struggles with stump removal. Stump and root removal is already one of the more challenging tasks that you can try to do with a jack as you don’t know how much pressure you are putting on the jack.
Stump removal is where most bent jacks come from.
With that in mind, this is a good jack for using around the farm. But if I was buying one for hardcore off-roading or stump removal, I would probably go with one of the other options.
Hi-Lift Best UTV Jack 36″
This jack fills in some holes in the consumer niche. There are a lot of folks who want a jack to put on their off-roading Utility Task Vehicle. I have a few friends that take their UTVs out every weekend for a few days of exploring everything from sand dunes to creek bottoms.
A regular farm jack can be a little long for these vehicles, and this shorter jack fills that gap.
As with the other Hi-Lift models, this one is made from cast iron to keep the jack from bending or cracking (There are terrifying photos of other jack failures out there). Being a cast jack helps create the 4,660-pound weight capacity with the 150% safety rating of a 7,000-pound failure point.
The shear bolt helps make sure that you never get anywhere that failure point.
As with the other models, there is a top clamp clevis for clamping items together. Or you can remove the base plate and top clamp to use it as a ratcheting winch.
The base plate does clatter a little bit, and you might either try to wrap it in a rage to keep it from making as much noise as you are traversing rough terrain, or simply remove it until you need to use it.
Reese Towpower 7033400 48″ Farm Jack
The Reese brand name should be familiar to anyone who has purchased a hitch for towing trailers. They are one of the biggest suppliers of aftermarket towing supplies.
The Reese Towpower does not get as much visibility online as the other brands have a better grip on the online market. However, locally, it is one of the most common ones that we see in our local farm supply stores.
There are a lot of neat design features that make this jack appear quite sleek in comparison to the other models. For example, the way the handle slips into the jack is very subtle and shows attention to detail in the manufacturing.
The load capacity on this one is similar to the other jacks. It has a 4,660 load capacity with a maximum load failure of 7,000 pounds.
It also has the top clamp clevis that you have seen on the other models. This is handy for both clamping and or to use as a spreader. You can also easily remove it to attach the jack to a chain for ratcheting purposes.
Unlike some of the other brands, there isn’t much to point out about this model except that it is a solid, versatile utility farm jack.
Alltrade Farm Jack
The Alltrade Farm jack is another deserving mention on the list.
One of the top selling-points is its low-profile service. With a 5 and a 1/2-inch range, it offers a wider lifting range that lets you fit the jack into impossible areas and then lift the object up to 39 3/4 inches in the air.
Alltrade also makes the Unijack, which I have talked about elsewhere as one of the safest bottle jacks on the market. If you are a fan of the Alltrade brand, this farm jack is a good value.
The downside with the Alltrade is their reputation on some of their other jacks. Their scissor jacks have had some issues in the past, and in the world of online reviews, those memories last a long time. I would put a lot of faith in this 3-ton farm jack, but Alltrade faces a lot of stiff competition in the market.
Hi-Lift Jack PP – 300 Post Popper
One of the most common uses for a high lift jack is to remove stubborn fence posts. If you do not have a skid steer or a tractor with a bucket, using a jack is the best way to remove posts.
Most people use their farm jack and a chain that they wrap around the post to get a little leverage for the jack to grab on to the post. My grandfather welded a little bracket that he would slide over the post for pulling the post out.
This Post Popper covers all of that. There is an adapter on the end that slips nicely over the end of a T-post so you can pull it out.
However, it has a hook on the end for attaching a chain. This makes it work better for removing chainlink posts, wood posts, and signposts where there isn’t an easy place to grab them.
This jack is going to make the task much quicker for removing a large number of posts. You simply set it next to the post, attach it, and push the lever down. Then, move on to the next post. At only 21 pounds, it lets you move quickly from post to post without tiring.
However, in those rare cases where you are trying to remove a post from dried out soil in the middle of a summer day, you might need a little more leverage. For those one-off cases, you might still want to come back through with a farm jack.
That said, this one is going to pull out most posts on the first try. Even posts that are set in cement.
Farm Jack Buying Guide
- Off-Roading – Having a reliable jack can mean the difference between walking home and riding home. Most people mount it to the hood or bumper of their car for easy access.
- Car Jack – These can work quite well for vehicles, but the challenge is in keeping the upright metal away from the side of the car where it can scratch and damage it. If you are going to be using it for vehicle work, get wheel straps<Click Here to See My Favorite Wheel Strap Set> that let you jack the car or truck without damaging the finish. <
- Pulling Posts – When it comes time to pull out old fence posts, one of these farm jacks can make quick work out of what is otherwise an all-day job. With enough wetting of the surrounding ground, they can also pull outposts that are set in concrete.
- Pulling stumps – These jacks can also be used to pull stumps. However, depending on the size of the stump, it may have too strong of a root system for these jacks.
- Leveling Houses – Houses, barns, and mini sheds where you have enough space to access it from the outside can be lifted with this jack for leveling.
- Boating and RV – This is less frequent use for the jack, but when a trailer jack fails, you can use one of these to lift it out.
Jacks made from cast iron and cast steel are my first choice. There are a few stamped steel jacks that have good reviews, but the cast metal jacks tend to have the best reputation for long term use.
None of these jacks have exceptional rust resistance. The cast metals make them more likely to rust, even when they have been powder coated and zinc plated. To keep the jack shiny, consider spraying it with a rust-resistant oil on a regular basis to help keep the water away from the metal.
Most of these jacks do not have a rubberized handle. All they have are a simple, attached handle. However, if you get one with a detachable handle, you can use it as an added prying lever.
Handles are one of the weakest points on these jacks. You want to get one that isn’t going to bend easily, and that is rust-resistant. Look for a jack with a wide metal insertion for added durability at this vulnerable point.
The problem with cranked lifts is that they are very slow to raise your vehicle. Most of the farm jacks can reach their top height in about 8 to 10 strokes. There are a few with faster lifting speeds. The problem with a faster lifting speed is two-fold:
- A faster lifting speed requires you to move more of the weight with each stroke. This requires much more physical effort and is harder on both you and the jack. Plus, if you are in a bad position where a lot of leverage is required, it might be impossible to get the torque you need.
- The faster lifting speed means that you might lift something too high. For example, if you are trying to level a barn or do other intricate clamping work, it is possible to lift something too high or to clamp something too tight. A slower lifting speed will give you more control.
The jack you buy will depend a lot on how tall your vehicle is. Most of these jacks will advertise a lift of up to 48 inches or 60 inches as a max lifting range. However, their useful lifting range is typically closer to 40 to 55 inches.
Their minimum lifting range tends to require at least 6 inches as the lowest the jack will go. There are a few models, such as the HL485, with it’s four 1/2-inch minimum lifting range that can let you fit the jack into tighter spots.
Off-road vehicles typically have oversized tires on them, which necessitates a taller jack. Additionally, lift kits and aftermarket springs can have more give to them, requiring even more jacking capacity to get the truck off the ground. If you have a minimal lift kit of 2.5 inches or less, then you might be fine with a 48-inch jack.
However, if you have more life, or plan to use this jack outside, you would be better off with a 60-inch jack.
It is always tempting to use a jack for more than its rated ability. Additionally, it is common to find yourself in a scenario where you don’t know how many loads you have the jack under.
Using a jack as a winch is one of those situations where combining the jack with a subpar chain or two straps can cause a catastrophic failure with the risk of fatality.
The best recommendation is to read up on your jack’s limitations and to practice your use ahead of time. These are designed so that even a small woman could move a large amount of weight. If you see the jack bending or twisting as you try to push it, that is a good sign that you have exceeded its limits and that you need to stop.
Most of these have a limited manufacturer’s warranty against major defects. The length of the warranty is not as important as the quality of the company behind the warranty. If you are unsure, find a phone number for the company and make sure that you are able to reach a customer support team.
I’ve used a lot of these farm jacks, but they change from year to year, even if their model numbers do not. While Hi-Lift continues to be the standard, reading customer reviews can help you hone in on the best jack for your situation.