If you are in the market for a hydraulic jack to lift vehicles or machinery, you may be wondering what your options are and how to select the right one for the job in hand. This short blog looks at a few of the considerations you should take into account before parting with your hard-earned cash.
The hydraulic jack, or toe jack as it can be known, comes in a wide range of options available for you to choose from, so the key to finding the best one for your needs is to know what you want it for and how to analyse the specifications of those available to narrow down your choice. Purchasing the wrong size will only cost you more in the longer term. It may do the job you need it for, but even if you manage with it as a one-off, it won’t last. You’re also putting people’s safety at risk, a far more serious consideration. Therefore, the first piece of information you will need is the weight you will require it to lift. The hydraulic toe jack you choose to raise a two ton car will not be the same as the one needed to lift a 10 ton lorry, after all. Match the weight to be lifted against the lifting capacity of the various jacks on the market to select the appropriate option. But choosing one that will easily cope with your load is not where it ends. You next need to consider the ground clearance you have available for operating the hydraulic toe lift jack.
If you cannot easily place it below the vehicle or machine, then it will be useless! Worse than that, you may damage the underside of the item to be lifted if you try and force it under. Measure the space you have available below the item you need to raise and then compare that against the height dimensions of the hydraulic toe jacks for sale. Don’t forget that a vehicle with deflated tyres will be lower to the ground and take that into account if you’re purchasing a jack for frequent use. One final important piece of information is the height to which you need the item lifting. Compare this against the maximum height of each jack and also look at the number of strokes each model has. Confused? Don’t be. The best way to purchase the right equipment for your requirements is to source a reputable and reliable distributor. They will be able to advise you in detail on the functions and capabilities of each jack in their range and help you select one that will not only carry out the job in hand but will last for years to come.
Finally, remember that a hydraulic jack just lifts, of course. If you’ll be moving machinery from one place to another, you might also need to consider whether you need machine skates or moving skates in addition, which will make transferring the machine or vehicle from one place to another a breeze.