Choosing the Best Jack for Your Project

Choosing the Best Jack for Your Project

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Jacks can be used for all sorts of jobs and projects. They can be used for jobs about the house, fixing the car or sorting out major construction problems. That’s the beauty of the jack. But you’ll need to make sure you have the right jack for the jobs because they’re not all the same.

The right jack for your project will allow you to carry out the job safe in the knowledge that the equipment won’t fail you. Hydraulic jacks have many different component parts. There’s the pump, reservoir, piston, check valve, cylinder and release valve. It works by forcing the fluid up to put pressure on the check valve. The fluid will then go to the cylinder and power the piston. This creates the lifting capability, allowing you to lift huge amounts of weight that no man could manage on his own. There are other times of jack such as mechanical jacks too.

Size, power and shape all vary depending on their tailored use though. So before you start your project, there are a series of questions you need to ask yourself if you want to get the right jack for the job. What are you going to be lifting? How high up do you want to life it? What will it weigh? How much space will you need to carry out the project? How stable will you need the support to be? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can get on with choosing the right jack. Here are 5 of the most popular.

Scissor Jack

When you need to do a job on your car (especially if it’s a relatively small one) a scissor jack will most likely be what you need. They use mechanical advantage to lift weight; most work by fitting onto a point on the car’s body, frame or axle.

You can get electrical powered scissor jacks that plug into the cigarette lighter in the car to provide a bit of extra power.

Bottle Jack

True to its name, the bottle jack is shaped like, yes you guessed it, a bottle. They are a type of hydraulic jack which have a vertical piston. They allow for an even distribution of force so can be good for construction jobs or cars with a pretty high clearance.

House Jack

This is another jack that does exactly what it says on the tin. House jacks are usually mechanical and allow you to lift a house up from its foundations. This is great if you have repairs to make underneath the house or can even be used to move it.

Farm Jack

The farm jack is often used for lifting up big vehicles like tractors, SUVs and trucks. They can measure up to 6 feet tall and can also be used to pull and push vehicles. It consists of a steel beam with holes placed at regular intervals in it which can be harnessed by using a pair of climbing pins.

Pneumatic Jack

The pneumatic jack is different from other hydraulic jacks because it is actuated by air compression. This saves a lot of time and effort because it requires very little human input at all.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.