Laziness Leads To Innovation

hydraulicjackIf you have a trailer you have probably at some point grumbled about the hitching up process. I actually find my GN to be a lot easier than my BP was in terms of hitching up and general hauling. Normally it’s not a big deal to hitch up a couple times in a weekend. That is usually inevitable. This past horse show though I got to wishing I had a hydraulic jack. #eventerproblemsmakitahammerdrillOnce I got the idea in my head I couldn’t let it go. I even went as far as to ask for a quote on installing the hydraulic jack. Twelve hundred ($$$) heck no’s later I got to thinking and remembered another friend that used a drill to raise and lower her trailer. After a little consulting with the handiest barn owner ever and a trip to Home Depot I present to you the Makita Solution. Technically the brand of drill isn’t important but the type. I wanted something reliable and as a bonus the battery packs were included. Don’t try to use a regular drill and expect that to work. You need a lot more torque and thus a hammer drill is required. I highly advise the kit and/or purchasing a side handle. I purchased a Makita 18-Volt LXT Brushless Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Cordless Hammer Drill Kit for $299 and had even the trailer repair shop owner impressed! Win for #eventersolutions

I am sure that there are other brands/options and ways you could spend less money. If you know more about power tools and try something else let me know how it works out! Would love to be able to share other options at varying prices. Have any of you come up with creative ways to improve your travel get up?

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  1. So brilliant!!!!! My trailer came with a hydraulic lift and it is seriously the best thing ever! Especially bc I will unhook and hook my trailer about 2-4 times a week bc the truck is also used for farm things. If I didn’t have an auto lift kit I would be on my way to the store right now to buy a Mack daddy drill like you have!!!!! Such a genius solution!!!!!

  2. Ha omg. That’s certainly one way to address the countless moments wasted during the hitching process! All value is relative anyway, right?

  3. Genius! I’m looking to buy a GN here soon and most of the ones I’m looking at doesn’t have the hydraulic lift so this will be the perfect solution!

  4. My mother got so sick of hooking up the trailer that she commissioned my father to created Euro-style horse boxes out of a couple vans. They had living quarters and everything- it was very convenient while we had them!