Note: Batch one has sold out! Batch two will be shipping early February.
Are you looking for an alternative to that old clunky farm jack. How about a budget replacement for one of those expensive hydraulic units? This CNC laser cut 1/4" steel DIY U-weld kit allows you to modify an 8000lb side crank trailer jack into an amazing perimeter style 'bumper' jack in about 2 hours.
Once built, this jack has a 15" stroke from a minimum of height just under 6" to just over 50" using the easy to adjust foot and base. The Tauler Jack can be run all the way up without risking it getting stuck between clicks and its fine adjustable anywhere along its travel. The greaseable screw jack mechanism is inherently safe and will not bypass pressure or fail to engage a pin all the way.
The fabricated steel foot is designed to provide a wider stable platform with aggressive teeth to prevent slipping in adverse conditions. The 3/4" steel rod in in the tip allows for a safe smooth connection to soft rigging equipment or a 5/8 hard shackle if the need arises. The corner of the jack foot will still fit in a standard 2" receiver if that is your only option for the old 'jack and tip' operation. The foot is long enough to grab the lip of a beadlock rim if you need to get something under the tire like a traction mat, rocks, sticks, or snow ( If you are worried about scratching your rims, a small piece of 3/4 plywood will fit on top of the foot ). This is a 'Bumper' style jack and will not play nice with modern vehicles unless you have upgraded bumpers and rocker protection to provide good lifting points. One other bonus to the Tauler Jack is the lack of a long bar passing through the head threatening to cave in a body panel at any second.
The base of the Tauler Jack is much larger than a typical farm jack providing a much lighter footprint in soft conditions like sand, mud, or snow. The donor jack adjustable base is also a pin on unit that provides for easy replacement, adjustment, or modification.
Total weight of the entire unit is 25.5lbs complete and ready to lift.
In the most compact position the Tauler Jack is only 25" tall, nearly half your traditional farm jack.
This is a kit. This does not include the trailer jack itself. I recommend a Reese 1400850383 Pro Series Square Jack ( Typically 65-70 shipped on Amazon ). Possible alternatives are the Curt 28575 or TYT 9701. The jacks needs to be 2.25" square and have enough space to fit the 19" tall pin plate provided with the kit. These jacks do change slightly during different runs but the kit can be easily modified to support other versions as long as the main tube is 2.25" square.
You are responsible for welding this kit. The laser cut kit is designed to tab and slot together for easy alignment and extra strength, but the welding is on you. Seek professional help if you are not up to this task. These jacks are designed to be welded to the side of trailer frames from the factory. Taking some extra time and moving around during the welding process will help prevent any possible warping. Make sure to clean off all the paint off the jack in the weld areas. Take your time to ensure the proper position of the pin plate on the jack. Tack and test the position of the foot top to bottom, especially the top. The pin plate has to to be tight to the jack during the welding process, use more clamps if in doubt.
Hardware pack is included.
The foot is adjustable up and down the pin plate in 2" steps with a novel cam lock action. Weight on the foot pushes the load pin ( 1/2-20 x 1" Alloy Steel Socket Head Screw (McMaster 90128A840) and 1/2-20 Medium Strength Steel Nylon Insert Lock Nut (McMaster 95615A220)) into the pin plate. The 5/16" grade 8 cam-lock bar is critical to load support and functions as a tattle-tail to help spot overloading. If this bolt becomes bent, replace immediately with a 5/16-18 x 3.75" long partially threaded grade 8 unit only (McMaster 91257A599). The cam lock handle ( McMaster 2030N16 ) is also easily replaced if damaged (or can be replaced in an emergency with a normal 5/16-18 Grade 8 nut ).
Ground Shipping is included for the listed price.
Questions and Answers....
Can the Tauler Jack pull or clamp like a farm jack? Nope.
Can you make it so I can run the Tauler Jack with an impact driver or drill? Not really a good idea in my opinion. Using an impact driver will cause a lot of premature wear on the mechanism inside the jack, especially hitting the ends of travel with an impact. This will significantly shorten the life of your jack. Unless you are a race car driver and seconds count, just slow down and be safe.
How hard is it to turn the handle? I can lift one corner of a 5000lb vehicle with one hand in about 30 seconds. Lifting an entire end of a 5000lb vehicle requires two hands. If the handle is a bit too hard to turn, it is easy to modify the handle to be slightly longer. I will likely be offering a kit in the near future to make the handle both collapsible/extendable and allow the handle to be rotated out of the way for more compact storage. The other thing on my list is making a 'ratchet' style upgrade to allow the handle to be used in tighter quarters.
Can I lift my axle directly with a Tauler Jack? Probably not unless you have portal axles and 42" tires. The age old trade-off has always been being able to work 'around' the vehicle, like in a recovery situation, or 'under' the vehicle, very often during a repair situation. It is very possible to lift a tire, or two, off the ground with the Tauler jack, but I would suggest strapping the axle to the frame to prevent droop to make it all as safe as possible and limit the total lifting height you need.
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