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The “come along” is a ratcheting cable tool really meant for stretching fences and hoisting gear, but it’s a total lifesaver any time you’re stuck needed to apply large amounts of force; it can turn an impossible job into just a difficult one.  For example, we used one to load a car the other day, and I’ve used them to drag large equipment around when I got stuck moving it by myself.

The Lug-All come along (pictured) is constructed with heavy duty hooks and cable plus a lightweight aluminum alloy frame with open construction for daily visual inspection of the mechanism — because if something’s hung up inside it you’re never getting it un-hung if you can’t get at it.  The Lug-All brand come alongs are factory tested to 125% of the rated capacity of 1000 lbs. to 3 tons.

All a come along really does is transfer force to your load by using a ratcheting cable and lock system, but it can allow a 180 lbs. guy (me) to pull a 4700 lbs. vehicle up onto a trailer by himself.  Note that I didn’t say it’s easy or fun, but it can be done.

Street pricing starts at $25.

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2 Responses to Finds: Lug-All Come Along

  1. Myself says:

    Hell, for $25 I should throw one in the car for winter, along with 50′ of extra cable and some chain. 🙂 I already have a nylon strap that’s perfect for wrapping around a tree without damaging the bark…

    Every time I think that, I think 200′ of quality rope with a block and tackle would work just as well, more quickly if I don’t string all the pulleys, and have fewer parts to break. Hmm. What say ye, Toolmongers?

  2. Nick Carter says:

    A comealong with chain/straps is a good way to get a car out of a ditch, I’ve seen it used that way many a time.

    I’ve seen it used to coax a tree to fall in a particular direction when falling it. They are great for pulling fence as well.

    They are great for getting stuff in or out of a tilt bed truck, when a forklift isn’t at hand, by controlling the sliding.

    This week I spent a lot of time watching power crews hooking up lines (big windstorm!) and what they do is use a bloack and tackle to get the wire up and almost in position (guy on the ground pulling a large loop of rope through the block) and then a comealong to give enough slack to place (these really cool!) push/push cable splices.
    Power crews have fiberglass handles on their comalongs it seems, for obvious reasons.

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