Are you looking for more information on what mechanical steel jacks are? Have you got an understanding that you need this piece of equipment but not sure what variation you need? Or have you got a new project and want to get a deeper understanding if this is the right product solution for you? 

Well, you're in luck because in this article we're going to give you a guide to everything you need to know about this innovative piece of lifting gear. We're going to do this by focussing on what this equipment is, how they work, what sector they are used in, and the advantages you can get from using one. 

 At Lifting Equipment Store (LES), we always want to help you by making sure you're comfortable with the product you're purchasing and are fully informed so you've got the right solution for your challenge. That's why if you do have any questions about this piece of lifting gear, or anything else we can help with, we invite you to please contact a member of the experienced LES team who will be ready to help you. 

A good place to start is by giving you an idea of what this product is. 

Let's look at what this equipment is 

You will find that jacks are often used in the construction industry due to being able to be easily used to vertically lift different materials or structures.

The jacking of a material is the lifting of that unit to position, accommodate the insertion of another element underneath, or inspect the underneath of a unit.

There are a number of different jacks that you can get which include toe jacks, bottle jacks, forklift jacks, steel jacks, and trolley jacks which can be supported with axle stands as an add-on. The variations give you a number of different options depending on what your situation is. 

Because the team at LES always wants to make sure you've got the information to help you with any products you buy, we put together an article titled ‘5 steps you can follow when using mechanical jacks'. In this article, you'll be able to get exactly what it says on the tin as well as the differences between mechanical and hydraulic jacks. 

What are mechanical steel jacks?

In a simple description, this item is used for assembling and supporting loads.

You will find that this sturdy and strong jack is typically used to lift most loads due to them being extremely strong.

This can be useful when you're repairing heavy machinery and stop your team from getting injured! 

How you can handle the jacks

When you are operating one of these lifting items, you need to position the steel jack below the load and lower the load slowly onto the head or claw of the jack.

From here, unfold the grip on the cranking handle until an angle of 90° is reached.

Then, in order to lift the load, turn the crank handle in a clockwise direction and this should help lift your load. It is really this simple!

Tips on how to operate a mechanical jack safely

You will find that they are suitable for lifting, lowering, and supporting both light and heavy loads. 

There are a number of aspects to remember when operating your mechanical steel jack to ensure you and your workers keep safe, which include: 

·      Only lift appropriate loads and stay within your jacks capacity

·      After lifting or tensioning a load, it's important for you to not leave the load unattended in case it falls and causes injury or damage to the workplace floor

·      Start moving the load only after it has been attached correctly

·      The jacks can be operated at ambient temperatures between -10°C and +50°C. Try and stay within these ranges

·      Inspect your item regularly and keep it in a safe place

·      If you find a defect, please stop using your product immediately 

These tips are here for your safety and prepare you for lifting and please remember that we highlighted there are different jacks you can get and the handling of these might differ slightly. 

If you aren't 100% confident on how to operate yours, then we recommend that you please read the manual guide, ask someone on site who knows how to use them, or of course check with a member of the team at LES.

Where can you use them?

You can find this innovative lifting gear in various global industries that include maintenance, automotive, rail, construction, and agriculture thanks to the strength and versatility they can offer you as a user.

Please make sure you properly take care of your gear, not just with steel jacks but all the equipment in your armory, to ensure you get the longest life out of them making it a more valuable investment.

With this particular piece of rigging gear we're focussing on in this article, please do maintain them properly as you will be able to use it across different tasks and get more variety in what you can use them for.

Please remember that jacks also come in a range of capacities to suit your particular needs. You will need to consider this when thinking of where you can use yours. 

What are the advantages of purchasing a steel jack for your company?

There are a number of advantages you can get by adding this to your toolbox which we're going to look at with you to give you an idea of if this is the right solution for you. 

You will find that jacks can be used in a multitude of industries such as shipping, automotive, agriculture, and construction. For example, if you own a repair shop where you need to lift vehicles or other machinery to fix them, this is something you're going to want to have on hand, if not several depending on the size of your business. 

To give you an idea of the loads that they can handle, the ones available to you from LES are exceptionally strong and can lift up to 10000kg using the toe of the jack or the claw. Steel jacks are also versatile and some models come with a braked safety crank as standard to ensure extra safety when lifting. 

As we touched on earlier about looking after your belongings, if your mechanical steel jack is stored and inspected regularly it's likely that it will last a long time resulting in it being an ideal investment for your company.

Do you need a mechanical steel jack?

Ideally, you should have a better understanding of how you can use this item and give you ideas of how it's helped you. However, we are still yet to cover all the other types of jacks there are available on our LES website. 

 If you would like to discuss how you can use this item in your business, for personal use, or for any questions you might have about whether it's the right item, please contact a member of the LES team who will be more than happy to help you.