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Old 11 Jan 2008
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I use mine a lot both for maintenance and recovery and haven’t carried a bottle jack for years. Being a landy owner with jackabel sills helps as I can pick it up from just about anywhere 

The biggest advantage to me as mentioned above is using a “Jack Mate” You can lift the wheels independently of the chassis to put trays under – no digging and a easy 5 min recovery in sand.

Another advantage for Romans list but should be used with a little caution – if you use a roof tent you can jack up a corner of the car to get it level to stop you sliding out at night
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Just got back from a Libyan trip, and after reading this thread, decided to ditch the hi-lift and take a bottle jack instead. What a good move - we ended up having to change a mates clutch plate on top of a dune in the middle of a sand sea, and the bottle jack was invaluable to hold up the gearbox. We also needed a hi-lift to act as a hand winch to pull the car away from the 'box so both were useful - in future I will always make sure there are one of each with us.
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Fantastic tool - saved my arse a number of times. But, don't buy/use the cheap copies - they are deadly for use with expedition weights and are only suitable for urban cowboys.

Best exteriorly mounted with a brackets welded onto an rear exterior wheel carrier. Bolting them onto the bullbar is also good but can get bent out of shape in a collision.

Just bag the mechanism or bind it with a wide strip of innertube to keep the crap out.
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Would`nt leave home without one, apart from changing wheels mine has seen a lot of other use, removing gates from their hinges when locked, as mentioned earlier the handle also comes in handy as an extented breaker bar handle.

I have used it as a rear winch to pull me out from a ditch back wards, over the 5 or 6 years I have had it, it has seen a hell of a lot of use, but in saying that I have always owned defenders, they are not as user friendly with other types of vehicles or bumpers, we also have a Disco II and I don`t use it on that, the std bottle jack has been sufficient, coupled with an air jack.
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totally Agree

Fantastic bit of kit - got a base plate and a wheel adapter - can jack chassis high, wheels high, lift wheels out of ruts, push whole vehicle sideways... the lot...

It was on the must buy list when I had to sell all my stuff and move overseas.. now bolted to my roofrack - (wife won't let me bolt it to rear seat foot well....) and it goes every where.... used more than I care to remember....

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