I've had a HiLift save my butt too many times to be without one. I used them as a winch a few times and have a pic somewhere of when I used one as an engine hoist. Sometimes that 42' of lift is the only thing that will work. And it's a l;ot safer than stacking rocks!!!
I feel your pain though, I've had that handle snap me in the head a few times. Damn that hurts.
"That which does not kill you tends to make you stronger"