POWER JACK INSTALL
Replacing an equipment trailer’s tired, worn-out electric tongue jack is easy with the Husky Brute Power Jack
by Bruce W. Smith
Fiddling around with the manual trailer tongue jack is a waste of good time and energy.
So is dealing with slow, finicky or worn-out electric jacks.
The Brute, which retails for less than $200, is built for durability and speed.
It has an 18-inch stroke with an adjustable leg, has the power to easily lift as much as 4,500 pounds, and do it faster than any other electric jack on the market.
It is available in three models:
- Model HB4500, with a 4,500 lb. capacity, 2-1/4″ dia. (#87247)
- Model HB3000, with a 3,000 lb. capacity, 2-1/4″ dia. (#87248)
- Model HB3000/2, with a 3,000 lb. capacity, 2″ dia. (#87489)
The jack also features Smart Stop, which uses a planetary gear timing system that shuts down the power to the motor before the nut reaches the hard stop point.
This eliminates a hard mechanical stop, lessens stress on the jack and reduces current draw.
The 2-1/4″ jack’s diameter tube fits all 2″ and 2-5/16″ A-frame couplers.
Other features include an adjustable drop-down leg with a 5-1/2″ foot pad, three LED work lights, and a built-in connector storage bracket with protective hood.
The Brute Power Jack has hardened steel gears and stainless steel fasteners; weather resistant motor and gear housings; a 30A inline circuit breaker; and a manual, emergency crank.
We installed an HB3000 on a Big Tex 12LX hydraulic dump trailer, on which the electric jack it came with had seen better days. The swap took less than 20 minutes.
The Brute Power Jack took just 15 seconds to lift the 800-pound tongue weight off the pickup’s ball while the OE jack took nearly 35 seconds.
Time saved is money earned.-Pro