These jacks are tall and narrow, which creates some limitations. Jacking up a Jeep on a flat surface with a regular floor jack can be risky—let alone using a narrow jack where surface areas are limited. Also, when used as a winch, loads of stress is placed on the recovery straps. Here are some safety tips to consider while using a recovery jack.
When you’re hung up on a rock in loose gravel, or in a deep puddle, using a recovery jack becomes much more dangerous. Don’t get excited and try anything crazy. If you’re hung up on a rock and need to make extra clearance, remain calm and find a flat surface to use. The last place you need to find yourself is between your rig and a boulder. If your surface is wet or lacks traction for the bottom of the recovery jack, use a jack pad. These are super cheap and could be total lifesavers. Throw it in the cart when you’re grabbing locks and straps; you’ll thank yourself later.
Recovery is a little less scary, but risk factors exist due to the high tension on the tow straps. Again, it’s all about keeping a level head and taking your time. The jack is extremely strong and can handle the stress, but if your tow straps give way due to fragile connecting points, you don’t want to be anywhere near the recovery jack.
Recovery jacks are a wise investment, and easily transition a bad day of off-roading into a good day. And the best part is the price point--you get the convenience of a jack and winch in one device, though winching requires some added effort.