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Old 05-09-2018, 10:07 PM
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Changing out a trailer jack on a trailer for customer that I built the ladder rack on the John Deere gator for. They pull this trailer with the gator sometimes, and wanted to be able to lower it down to that hitch height and then up high enough for trucks. Found this ultimate jack at TSC. Not bad for $60. I probably would have made something if it was for my trailer, but not worth my time when someone else is paying.

Had a piece of 12” channel that I cut down and rewelded to about 7”. Got to use the plasma I picked up last fall. It is coming in handy. And practice some welds. Like it when I get the slag to curl up.

My crude circle cutting attachment worked to cut the 2 5/16” hole for the jack. Tested the jack to upper and lower limits. Over 32” high to about 1” off the ground.

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Old 05-09-2018, 10:09 PM
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:13 PM
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I have been using that jack for a little while now. I like it a lot! Gets the foot all the way up and saves a lot of cranking.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:22 AM
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I've had several type in the past. Solid mounts, swing up mounts etc. No joy and dinky at best.

I now have two of these and could not be happier with them. Wasn't shocked with the price for what they are and how they easily move out of the way.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:17 PM
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Nice long weld, stayed even (thumbsup)

I had to do some fast welding today, and wound up working over my head most of the day, well, actually most of the afternoon.

I've gotten to the point that unless my head is a given distance from the weld, I can't see crap

I wear 1.25x reading glasses for stuff that's at arms length, and 2.5x glasses for welding so's I can get close, and see the puddle.

Today I couldn't get my head close to the weld because of the position under the damn machine I was working on, and the angle. So it was a struggle to use the far-away glasses, and not really be close enough to actually see what was going on. Half the welds were "muscle memory", which doesn't work for me when stick welding. I have to see the puddle clearly, and closeup.
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Nice long weld, stayed even (thumbsup)

I had to do some fast welding today, and wound up working over my head most of the day, well, actually most of the afternoon.

I've gotten to the point that unless my head is a given distance from the weld, I can't see crap

I wear 1.25x reading glasses for stuff that's at arms length, and 2.5x glasses for welding so's I can get close, and see the puddle.

Today I couldn't get my head close to the weld because of the position under the damn machine I was working on, and the angle. So it was a struggle to use the far-away glasses, and not really be close enough to actually see what was going on. Half the welds were "muscle memory", which doesn't work for me when stick welding. I have to see the puddle clearly, and closeup.
I use a 2 1/2 diopter in the hood. Now I can see the puddle real well.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:40 PM
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Gets the foot all the way up and saves a lot of cranking.
That alone sold me on them.
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I haven’t seen that style of jack here yet.

Being in a ‘northern’ local I’ve developed a habit where any and all trailer jacks go onto a piece of 2x6 or so lumber.

It sucks when you drop a trailer in October, and a month later go to hook on, and the foot for the jack is encased in ice. Sometimes to the point where breaking the ice out is the only way to get it released.

So, sometimes the 2x6 just gets to stay there until spring.


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Finished the jacks tonight. Added an adjustable pipe leg so they can support the tongue when they need to switch the crank jack to another hole to adjust the tongue either higher or lower. Have a chain attached to the lock pin so those should not get lost.Click image for larger version

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