Trivia Question

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    Does anyone know the reason for the shape of the base of all car and truck jacks? Waiting to see who else knows.

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    Hi: namretsud... Because that's the way they're made!!! You can now get "Jacked up" legally in Ontario airy Oh too!!!
    Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieseldragon View Post
    Hi: namretsud... Because that's the way they're made!!! You can now get "Jacked up" legally in Ontario airy Oh too!!!
    Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.
    There is a whole reason that the base of the jack is made. Your quick quip doesn't even touch the reason. I'm looking to see if there are any gearheads that know the purpose and if they have ever used it for said purpose. I used one of mine today.

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    What type of jack are you referring to? Scissor Jacks, Hydraulic Jacks – Floor Jacks and Bottle Jacks, Hi-lift Jacks?

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    Most automotive jacks other than a floor jack. Ones that would be available while traveling on the road. The answer will surprise most people. Older gearheads may know the answer. Younger not so much. It can be a bit labour intensive but can save a person when a shop is not available or open on say the weekend.

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    If no one gets it by say this time tomorrow I will let everyone know.

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    Seems roads were not paved. That means the base was often set on a piece of wood or at least covered a larger area so as not to sink in the mud easily.

    Old jacks reminded me of the chain binders I use to tie down my tractor on the trailer. They cranked up and down with a geared handle. Many used a spiral shaft with ring and pinion cranked off that spiral center. Also, a typical come-a-long uses much the same mechanism.
    If you wrestle with a pig you'll both get dirty and the pig loves it. .

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    Well, I'll take a jab at it. I can be made from a single piece of steel, stamped into its shape, provide stability, lower the ground pressure so it doesn't sink into soft dirt and also provides the pivot points where the 2 upright scissor parts are attached. The whole thing can be retracted into a small reasonably flat package to put inside the inner rim of the spare tire if stored inside the trunk or under a seat.

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    If you are referring to the base plate having upturned ends, I'll say so that the jack may be easily slid under a vehicle.

    A photo of the base style you are referring to would be helpful.

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    The current design is the scissor jacks.

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