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While I was working on my trailer yesterday evening, I was using a tool that I have been very happy with and thought that it might be helpful to some of you as well.


It's a 20 ton air over hydraulic bottle jack. This particular jack came from Harbor Freight, but they're almost all the same and most are priced similarly.






What makes this so useful is that we all have an air source handy, especially when we're already on the road. No more manual operating the jack. Plus, it's significantly faster than a manual bottle jack. Using this jack and a cordless impact, I'm able to change a trailer tire in about 5 minutes and get back on the road. Now, why I have gotten that proficient at changing trailer tires is another story all together, but let's focus on the jack. :D


To make this even more useful, I plumbed quick connect fittings on both sides of my truck (near entry doors) and one on the rear. All of those fittings are isolated with a single shut off valve.


The only thing I would suggest doing to this jack is tying about a 6' section of rope to the metal handle. The last thing you want to do is pull this jack around by the air hose. It's heavy enough to put a lot of stress on the hose connection.


I also use one of these (http://www.amazon.com/Bayco-KW-130-Storage-Center-150-Feet/dp/B0000BYBVT) to hold 25' of polyurethane air line (http://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-x-50-ft-polyurethane-air-hose-60354.html). Quick and easy and light weight. The smaller poly line doesn't take up as much space as the larger hose and handles plenty of volume for anything I have needed from it thus far.



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So will that reel hold 50' of the 1/4" line?


In the item description on Amazon it states that it will hold 100 foot of 12/3 SJT electrical cord therefore IMPO i believe it would hold 50 foot of 1/4" air hose.similiar to what bmzero had linked to in his original post.

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