5 Best Come Along Winch In 2018 – Hand Cable Puller Reviews
A come along winch is a hand operated device that utilizes a ratchet in order to pull objects. Wire rope is usually used on these tools, and this is wrapped around a drum. The original come along was first developed around 1919, and was made commercially available in about 1946. There are many manufacturers of this equipment, and price and quality varies greatly.
We are going to look at the best come along winches which are considered very convenient, are easily portable and can be used in a multitude of applications, including tree removal, pulling vehicles onto flat bed trucks, or out of ditch situations, pulling building constructions together, or even strapping objects down in place, using a strap in place of a cable.
Table Of Contents
- 5 Best Come Along Winch 2018 Reviews
- Things To Consider Before Buying Come Along Winches
- Final Note
5 Best Come Along Winch 2018 Reviews
1. TEKTON 5541 2-Ton Power Puller
First up on our list of winches is offering from Tekton, a Michigan based company, although the tool itself is manufactured for them in China.
The Tekton 5541 2 Ton Power Puller features a hardened steel, one piece frame, that is galvanized against corrosion. It has a ratchet lever system, for single handedly pulling heavy loads, which releases notch by notch.
The puller claims a 2000 lb safe working load, with a maximum load rating of 4000 lbs. If you are just looking for an inexpensive come-along tool to help you pull heavy loads around the farm, or on a construction or demolition site, this one is very good value for money, and will do the job well.
2. Maasdam Pow'R Pull 144S-6 1 Ton Capacity Pow'R Pull USA Made
Next up is a tool from Maasdam Pow’R Pull, a well respected US company, who have been making these pullers for over 70 years so come with w wealth of experience and expertise in the field.
The Maasdam Pow'R Pull 144S-6 1 Ton Capacity Puller frame and handles are made from high strength, tempered steel while the ratchet wheel is made from precision-cast aluminum alloy.
It also features one piece construction galvanized steel alloy pawls and drop forged steel slip hooks and OSHA Recommended safety latches, along with a drum loaded with aircraft quality braided cable for a maximum lift of 12ft. This added together with a maximum safe working load of 1 ton makes it a possible great choice.
3. TEKTON 5547 4-Ton Dual Gear Power Puller
Another one from Tekton, this time, the Tekton 5547 4 Ton Dual Gear Power Puller. This is a top selling come along puller, not just because it's price is comparatively low, but because its four ton pulling capacity is good and does what it says on the tin.
The tool is an all steel construction with a corrosion-resistant galvanized finish so it is is built to last.
A 21 inch long steel ratchet handle give high leverage, and with the cushioned non slip grips is very easy and comfortable to operate. A ratcheted solid steel gear pulley system, with locking notch at a time pawls, makes moving heavy loads a one handed operation. One of the best come along for vehicle recovery from Tekton.
With a maximum rated capacity of 8000 lbs, or 4000 lbs when used as a single line puller, and a safe load of 4000 lbs or 2000 lbs, again as a single line puller, the TEKTON 4 Ton Dual Gear Power Puller is ideal for use in construction, landscaping, and for use on the farm.
4. Maasdam Pow'R Pull 144SB-6 2 Ton Capacity Pow'R Pull USA Made
For over 70 years Maasdam Power Pulls based in Schaumburg, Illinois, have built ‘come alongs’ that have pulled, lifted, tugged, raised and towed heavy objects of varying sizes and weights.
The Pow'R-Pull 144SB-6 2 Ton Puller is just one more of the magnificent tools.
Maasdam Equipment and Tools provide the farmer, builder, mechanic, and home owner with American ingenuity.This is reputed to be one of the best buys of it’s type for the money.
Like it’s brother, the 144S-6 1 Ton puller, the 144SB frame and handles are made from high strength tempered steel. The ratchet wheel is again made from precision-cast aluminum alloy. It has aircraft quality cable, precision fit steel alloy pawls with a safety spacer, and a reinforced steel ratchet guard.
5. Maasdam A-20 3/4 Ton Rope Puller with 20 Feet 0.5-Inch Diameter Rope
Another tool from the Maasdam camp, this time, a rope puller, the Maasdam A-20 3/4 Ton Rope Puller with 20 Feet 0.5-Inch Diameter Rope. “What is the difference?” You ask.
Well a come-along winds a fixed length cable onto a drum as you pull, whereas a continuous rope puller simply pulls the rope through with the use of ratchets, so you can use an unlimited length of rope.
Making these ideal for pulling down trees, moving boats, clearing heavy debris, recovering vehicles and securing loads. According to my neighbor this is the best come along for tree felling.
High strength electro plated steel frame and handle, 1 piece aluminum alloy ratchet wheel, with solid steel pawl and ‘notch at a time’ let down, drop forged steel slip hooks, uses 1/2-in. diameter wear resistant Dacron polyester rope, of any length.
The Maasdam A-20 rope puller has a maximum working load of ¾ ton, and will perform the task with ease.
Things To Consider Before Buying Come Along Winches
When it comes to moving heavy objects without the need to rely on gas or electricity, you cannot beat a proper come along. The downside is, low quality versions of this marvel of marvels, can also bring heartache, and be frustrating to say the least.
A well made version of this tool will last for many years, indeed, there are come alongs out there that were made when they first came onto the market, that are still going strong.
For many of us, the tool will likely take up space in the workshop most of the time, but it is one of those I wish I had that doesn’t need to cost the earth, and really doesn’t take up all that much space. Most of us will only ever use it to move debris, perhaps assist a vehicle onto a truck or maybe pull a tree down, but it has a lot more potential and can be used for so much more if chosen well.
Getting it right
As with any tool of the type, making the right choice is paramount. A ¾ inch rope puller is not going to help you get a 2 ton vehicle out of a ditch or pull it through the mud. And remember, a rolling vehicle weighs a fair bit less than you might imagine, but if the brake is on, or you are pulling it from the side, then you are talking about deadweight.
By the same token, if you are pulling down a tree, you can manage that with a ¾ rope puller if you do the job properly, in this case, even though it will also do the job, a 4 ton come along is overkill.
So, that now firmly in your mind, you first need to establish use. What are you going to use it for? Is it a single handed job? Is it a lifting job, a pulling job or a towing job? What is the weight to be moved, and where from. Get this bit right, and the rest is plain sailing.
One of the most important things to look for when looking to make a purchase of one of these tools is a solid construction, and is always a first in my book. I don’t care where it’s made, as long as it’s made well, and of materials which are going to last.
High strength steel is imperative since the shear tolerance of it isn’t likely to fail under heavy loads which might occur when you’re using this type of tool. A good galvanise coat or a heavy electro plate is also a good start.
Another one to keep an eye out for is a single piece frame construction. A single piece makes for a lot less failure points on the winch, which in turn makes things a lot less likely to fail. Look for safety features, auto lock etc. Ease of use is important in tools like this, if only to make the job safer. Anything less than this, then walk away and look elsewhere. Nothing too complicated is the key.
As a final word in this best come along winch guide, always, always make sure that your hooks and attachments are solid, that the ropes or cables you’re using are in good order.
A rope snapping is bad enough, it will cause quite a bit of damage if your load suddenly comes free but snapped cables can be deadly. Even aircraft quality braided cable, after time, can start to fray and it has a shocking amount of cutting force when let free and it’s flying around, and it’ll be whipping and flying extremely fast if it breaks under tension.
The first rule in safety with this type of tool is always to inspect the equipment and any accessories it might have to use, before you use it.
Next rule is be aware of what and how much you intend to move, some things weigh more than they look. And lastly, know the safe load levels, where the tolerance levels are likely start and and then fail.