The farmer’s jack has been around longer than any of us have been alive. And the fact that there hasn’t been much of a design change to it since its inception should stand as a testament to how well it was designed in the first place. But, like with anything, there had to be room for improvement. So thought Dan Baker at Baja Off Road Products, and he put the time and engineering in to create a nice, new addition to a time-tested product.
The Baja Base is a replacement base that gives the jack a two-axis pivoting ability—left to right and forward to backward leans—using a 1330 U-joint built into a 6061 billet aluminum base. The pivoting ability and larger area of the new base can be extremely useful for a better footing when jacking a vehicle on uneven terrain. With magnetic lockout inserts, the Baja Base will also stand steadfast, as well. The multiple options and larger base make it safer and easier to use when operating a farmer’s jack.
The Baja Base is available by itself and will bolt to any farmer’s jack, but there are a couple extra features if you must have the absolute lightest and best farmer’s jack that your friends will covet: Baja Off Road Products also has a replacement Baja Handle and a Baja I-Beam made out of 7075 billet aluminum (pictured here).
The Baja Base slips directly onto the I-beam of any standard farmer’s jack. It’s made out of 6061 billet aluminum and is available for the next few months for $149. If you’re a big spender who wants the ultimate in strength, there’s also a 7075 billet aluminum version.
Magnetic lockout inserts keep the jack standing straight up, or you can remove the magnetic inserts to allow for pivoting ability. The amount of thought and time put into the design of the Baja Base was obvious to us upon first using it.
The long red-anodized “toothpicks” on the Baja Base are stationary stakes. They are machined and fitted with magnetic inserts (like the lockouts) so they stay in place on the base when not in use. When in use, they keep the Baja Base in place.
A larger foot is also a big improvement over a standard farmer’s jack’s base. The Baja Base has a rubberized pad on the bottom that does a better job of keeping the jack from slipping while jacking your vehicle in precarious positions.