The particular name Jack, the word breathe ‘applied to things which in some way take the place of a youngster or man, or save personal labor’. The first authentication in the Oxford English Dictionary of jack in the sense ‘a machine, usually portable, for lifting heavy weights by force acting from down’ is from 1679, referring to ‘an Engine used for the removing and convenient placing of great hardwood.
Types of Jack
The Different Types of Jacks
There are over 8 different types of Jacks! For our purposes there are 5 main types of vehicle Jacks
Different types of automotive jack
- Scissor Jacks
- Hydraulic Jacks
- Hi-lift Jacks
- Motorcycle Jack
A scissor jack is also known as a Jack screw, they are constantly called that, due to the way they work. They use a mechanical action to screw in the sides of the jack in a compress, “scissor” guide in order to raise the automobile.Jacks are usually rated for a maximum lifting capacity (for example, 1 tons or 3 tons). mechanical jacks can be graded for many tons of load.
Hydraulic Jacks often referred to as a floor jack, garage jack, trolley jack or service jack. A hydraulic jack is better satisfactory to a garage or workshop than in the back of your car. This is primarily due to the grand weight and size of these jacks.
Floor jacks are operated by wheeling and sliding the jack under the car (these jacks have wheels and plate, so they are very easy to gimmick. You do need to ensure the ground is as flat and hard as possible). Once in place under the nominate lift point of your vehicle (refer to your owner’s manual), the arm of the unit is pumped repeatedly.
Hi-Lift Jacks, also accepted as High Lift and Farm Jacks (mainly because they are an helpful tool for the farmer as they can be used for an almost endless number of tasks) are an extremely versatile Jack when it comes to lifting, levering, pulling or winching.
The last type of Jack we will look at is a motorcycle jack. As the name suggest this Jack is used for lifting a motorcycle in a stable appearance to enable cleaning, modifications or repairs on your motorbike to be performed comfortably.