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Trolley Jacks

What you need to know about Trolley Jacks


Trolley Jacks are operated manually, by pumping an attached handle. This pressurises the hydraulic fluid contained within the Jack, supplying the initial lifting force to clear vehicles off of the ground. An Axel Stand will then need to be moved into place underneath to bear the vehicle's weight while working. Trolley Jacks should never be used alone as they are not designed to support weight over a long period.

Trolley Jacks are the type of jack most commonly used for lifting cars. The average domestic vehicle weighs around 2 tonnes, & 4x4's around 3 tonnes, with Trolley Jack lifting ratings averaging between 3 & 4 tonnes. Much more powerful heavy duty & expert trolley jacks are available capable of lifting as much as 30 tonnes, & these will be preferred even when lifting ordinary car weights if use is very regular. The advantage of using a Trolley Jack for cars is their low ground clearance; they can be rolled easily underneath a car without the need to pre-lift, or roll the car up a ramp. Moreover, Trolley Jacks have a relatively wide saddle (lifting surface), improving stability while jacking. Many Trolley Jacks are "quick lift", which is preferable when working to tight deadlines. Quick lift Trolley Jacks can be elevated more rapidly when not supporting weight, reducing the time it takes for the jack to clear the gap between the saddle & the underside of the vehicle.


Maintaining your Trolley Jack


The Hydraulic Jack Oil of your Trolley Jack will need to be topped up regularly. A Trolley Jack which is not fully topped up will not be able to extend fully, & will be able to lift less weight than its advertised rating, with the potential for a disastrous failure during use. It is imperative that you never substitute Hydraulic Jack Oil for Brake Oil, or any other form of Oil. You should always inspect your Trolley Jack for signs of leakage or corrosion before using it to lift heavy objects.


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