Great Design, Poor Manufacturing
I purchased the F2 Dual-Wheel Trailer Jack from West Marine here in Crystal River, Florida. The purchase was early last year, I believe around April 2011. I purchased the jack to replace the one that came with my trailer. Everything that was stated in the description about what your product had to offer told me that this is the trailer jack for me. Today the jack imploded on itself. It jammed at the lowest setting and would not bring the trailer up. My son and I had to take it apart to see what the problem was. First of all the was NO LUBRICATION ON THE WORM SCREW. Needless to say, it was covered in brown dust (corrosion). The jack had jammed at it lowest setting because the race that held the ball-bearings in place had totally corroded away... the ball-bearings fell down the internal housing of the jack and bound the lifting mechanism from moving. I believe the damage was caused by zero lubrication in the internal workings of the device. Unfortunately, I am disabled, so this is quite a burden for me to hook my boat trailer to my tow vehicle with a broken trailer jack.
Seemed Like a good unit...
Installed the jack and was VERY impressed with everything about it. Then after about 3 months we went to hook up and the jack was frozen solid. After removal we opened it up and not a trace of grease on the screw and the grease we found on the gears was cheap auto type and was washing away fast, so we cleaned and greased it using marine grade grease, put it back together and it was fine...for a month then one of the top gears broke a tooth. There are repair kits available (I bet they sell a lot of 'em) so we will repair it but I will NEVER buy another Fulton product...ever. My brother and I have been boaters and fisherman since we were kids and spend a lot of time servicing and maintaining our equipment so this was purely a bad execution of a potentially good design. Good thing our floor jack works!! Save your $$.
Didnt last a year!!
I bought this in june of '11 and installed very easily. I loved the fact that it would rotate and lock into place while traveling. The problem- The top handle shaft is held together by a plastic ring on either side of the top mount. Over the winter, the boat was kept in a garage and this past weekend, march '12, I went to uncrank it down onto my hitch and the plastic rings snapped. I think since the entire thing was built rugged they should have made metal ball bearing or a pillar block bearing on either side of the shaft. Its very poor that the main strain on the shaft of the handle is held together by plastic.
The adjustable" hex bolt ...
The adjustable" hex bolt is torqued to about 2000 lbs. There is no way an average person with average tools can break it free. Hex bolt got stripped and there goes the whole adjustable aspect of the trailer jack.Who would use a hex bolt (with ridiculous factory torque) on such a high stress component? I'm no engineer, but aren't there better fastening options out there? I know plenty people that have stripped hex bolts.This product sucks!!!!!!!!!! If you want the factory specs, then it's probably a good product. If you want to adjust it (which was the only reason I bought it and what makes it so "advanced") don't buy it. It's a hoax!!!I will never buy Fulton again!!"
Don't buy it
Since I boat in the gulf, I wanted aluminum or stainless steel to avoid corrosion. Within 10 months the gear mechanism stripped. I contacted Fulton and they sent replacement gears that I had to install. Now about 18 months later they failed. My boat is a 20 foot cuddy and weighs only 2500. I might have expected this from a $30 jack but not [$].
i used it for about 2 ...
i used it for about 2 months and one day got to the trailer and it was not working. it made me miss a day of sailing and it was pretty major taking it off and replacing since I had to jack up the trailer to get it off.the positive was I just returned it to WM for a full refund.
Not worth the money
Very nice looking jack. Stable and strong when working. But that is where it ends. Interior gears are so cheap that the main gear broke in half after two years use. Handle fell off after one year, but I was able to re-attach it. This jack is not worth the money, it won't last. It does look very nice, though.
F2 Fulton jack - maybe not
installed on a mastercraft trailer. Bolts too long to fit 2X4 tubing. No backing plate to take up space. Lift distance too short to rise to pick up truck hitch height. I have to put wood under wheel to get enough height. Looks good and sturdy, but not functional for all trailers. Check your model before purchase.
Poor lube, crosion sets in, gears fail..
Same issue as a previous reviewer... after one season of use (10 outings, 8 on freshwater, 2 saltwater), corosion/loss of lubricant has lead to internal gears slipping. The unit is completely useless now. It looks like good solid quality, but doesn't seem to be built for long term use.
I purchased this product a year ago and was not impressed with its operation, it required much effort to jack the boat, then the crank dropped off somewhere on the road. This jack may look nice, but it's a waste of money.
Disappointed, but warranty worth it.
I purchased this jack from the West Marine store in Tarpon Springs, FL, and do 90% of my boating in the Gulf of Mexico. I trailer my 21' Sea Cat several times a month to the ramp, and was going through a jack a year due to rust and corrosion. I purchased this F2 jack in hopes that corrosion would no longer be an issue. 18 mos later, the pull handle for the swivel broke. 6 months after that, the jack locked up.
Now in the manufacturer's defense, they did replace the handle no charge. And they are in the process of sending me a new jack as well, no charge.
This jack did outlast other models twice as long, and with the lifetime warranty, I can continue to have it replaced free of charge.
Not to difficult to ...
Not to difficult to install, but tough to break the hex head bolt free so I could adjust the mounting bracket hight. Do not like the WIMPY u-bolts. Harder to crank than the one I replaced.Time will tell, but I'm holding on to the old one.