All-Cast vs. Cast & Steel Jacks. What’s the difference?
Hi-Lift Jack company produces two types of mechanical jacks, often referred to as Handyman Jacks, farm jacks, or trail jacks. Even though we produce nineteen different jack models of various sizes and colors, they are all built off of two different foundations; the All-Cast Jack and the Cast and Steel Jack.
The only physical difference between our All-Cast and Cast and Steel Jacks is the material of which four specific parts are made. The components that make up the All-Cast Jack are manufactured from high-yield and tensile-strength grades of malleable and ductile castings while the Cast and Steel Jack models contain a combination of stamped, high-strength steel parts and casting parts. The standard bar on all Hi-Lift models is made from custom, hot-rolled steel I-beams that are cut to size, then punched to reveal the oval shaped holes that run the length of the jack.
Some components of the Hi-Lift® Jack can be made of either steel or casting without compromising strength or safety. Because Bloomfield Manufacturing Company (our parent company) is a well-equipped metal fabricator, we can produce steel parts more economically than the casting parts. The result is a more affordable price for the Cast and Steel Jack models without compromising its strength or load capacity.
What parts of the Cast and Steel Jacks are made from stamped steel?
The steel parts on the Cast and Steel Jack are the Top Clamp-Clevis, Foot Piece, Handle Socket, and Pitman.
It is important to note that the functions and the capacities of all Hi-Lift® Jack models are the exact same, regardless of whether they are the All-Cast version or the Cast and Steel version. Hi-Lift Jacks have a tested capacity of 7,000 lbs and rated capacity of 4,660 lbs.
So why do we produce two similar Hi-Lift® Jacks from different materials?
Cost is a major concern for many buyers these days so making two different materially-constructed types of Jacks in different price ranges makes sense.
Which Hi-Lift® Jack is best for you?
Uses for Hi-Lift® Jacks are as varied as their owners. If the Jack is used with substantial pressure repeatedly on a daily basis, the eventual wear areas are usually the pivot points at the handle socket connections.
Under those circumstances we would expect the All-Cast Jack models to have longer operating life. The average user, however, will get total operating satisfaction from the Cast and Steel Jack models, and at a lower cost. The tradeoff for price is longevity for frequent users.
Hi-Lift® All-Cast Jack Models
- Hi-Lift® All-Cast Jacks
- P.J. Harrah Signature Edition Jacks
- Hi-Lift® X-TREME Jacks
- Patriot Edition Jacks
- First Responder Jacks
Thanks for your he info. Very informative.
Thank you. for the info I am trying to buy in Canada ( on Vancouver Island ) With the pandemic I am trying to shop onlin. I was finding the prices & paint colours to be all over the place. Now I see the difference. I did not know Hi-Lift made to different style jacks. I used to have a 20+year old 48″ All Cast that I got given ugly & rusty but worked great let it go with a old jeep I was selling.. As I really wanted a 60″. I am looking to Buy off Amazon.Ca find if funny i can buy a Cast/Steel jack HL-484 (48″) for (Canadian dollars) $136. OR a HL-604 (60″) for $137. But if a want to go for a All Cast X-Tream a the 48″ is $158. & the 60″ is $222. Don’t really want to spend $60+.extra for a 12″ longer jack..
So probably just buy the Cast/Steel 60″Jack
I know you Guys have nothing to do with what the sellers on Amazon price the jacks they buy from you for but it is a little frustrated that’s all lol.
I just bought the 60 inch extreme direct from Hi-Lift. I am very happy with my purchase and confident I am getting what I paid for. They also have some really cool stuff for off-road/Farm use that I have made a savings fund for. Hi-lift are still 100% made in America and family owned business for like over 100 years. I am 100% confident I have the real thing and not a knock off found at tractor supply or amazon. It’s a lifetime investment and worth it! My first was given to me as well which I gifted on before I had to go overseas. Now I am back and getting a brand new one. Nice and shiny! Never thought I’d be excited over a jack but as you know these tools are very versatile and almost indestructible.
Shipping was a bit expensive but this thing is like thirty+ pounds. No way am I going to buy from amazon. Too many bad experiences with amazon and ebay…