General Information

Hydraulic or handyman jacks are used regularly for repairs or maintenance.
They are essential tools but must be used with caution.

General Jack Use

  • Set brakes on equipment.
  • Chock wheels on equipment.
  • Do not overload the capacity of the jack.
  • Do not lift higher than necessary to complete the task at hand.
  • Place a block under the base of the jack if used on soft surfaces.
  • Stop lifting and re-situate the jack if the load shifts.
  • Place jack stands or blocks under equipment when lifting is complete.
  • Do not do anything that may cause jack to slip or move.

Hydraulic Jacks

  • Check oil level in the jack regularly.
  • Check for oil leaks or cracks before each use.
  • Lubricate handle linkage regularly.
  • Remove the handle after lifting is complete.
  • Do not drop, hit, or cause damage to the jack.

Handyman Jacks

  • Handyman jack use should be avoided if possible.
  • Make sure the base of the jack is steady and doesn’t “kick out” when lifting.
  • Block load regularly in case jack gives way.
  • Stand to the side of the handle when lifting or lowering to avoid being hit in the head, face, and body.
  • Both climbing pins should be in the locked position before starting the task at hand

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