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Old 02-15-2006, 01:54 PM
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Help repairing come-a-long

A friend of mine left for his winter vacation in Arizona and dropped this off for me to fix. He wasn't sure how it originally went together and it doesn't look exactly like any of my other come-a-longs so hopefully somebody here has one like it.

The first picture shows it pretty much as I got it. The second picture shows how I THINK it should go back together, with the cable running out though that snout piece, around the hook pulley, and then back through that upper hole in the plate just in front of the ratchet system. I think there must be a piece or two missing that the end of cable could be threaded through and then clamped or tack welded to prevent it from pulling back out of the steel plate. I will substitute for that piece with some sort of clamp on the end of the cable.





If someone has a similar unit...a picture would be greatly appreciated. Or if you think I am off base in how I am proposing to put this back together, let me know.

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:13 PM
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I will have to go look @ mine but there are 2 ways to use them one for thr most length your 1st pic &
with the pulley for a compounded pull the 2nd pic

I'll go look @ the ones I got but for $20 you can get the double ratchet ones witch work better & last longer

be back in a few


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Mine are different than that one but I dont see that what your doing is wrong I would like to see how you hold the cable in the top hole


I have removed the pulley to get more reach for pulling a car onto my flatbed.

Mine has this rectangle bracket that goes back to the com along then the puller goes on for twice the pull power.


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Rob,

So that stop on the end of your cable can actually be removed from the hook and then doubled back and attached to the come-a-long? Does that have the effect of providing more power to the pull rather than running it out to full length with just the single cable?

I'm trying to figure out if this one might be designed the same way so that the cable could be run out straight or looped back to the ratchet.

Regarding how I'm going to put a new stop on the end of the cable...I'm up for suggestions. My first thought was to actually run it in the hole, then through the eye of meaty eye bolt, then back out through the hole, then clamped to itself with a regular cable clamp. I'd be up for something easier and safer if possible.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:19 PM
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This is 2 ton one from TSC {Tractor Supply Co.}it $40.
This is a sweet puller!

www.harborfreight.com

Copy& paste this # { they dont let you R click @ HF }

ITEM 30329-6VGA this $10.

CBOY the one you have there is the super elcheapo model (sorry)'

Lemme tell you what I know about these things!

* DON'T ever lift with them unless its a emergency & definitely dont get under it I dropped a 350 W/ Tranny from about 7-8' up into the engine compartment
LOL one of my 1st motor jobs

* If you 'll look mine has TWO click gears where as your has one .
the purpose of this is to get a even pull on the handle.

If you will look @ yours you will see that its starting to bend on the side that has NO gear!

Eventually the handle will twist & bend then Its total junk

Failure is imminent

Yes ! every time you add a pulley you increase the pull ratio

YES every time you add a pulley to a cable or rope it makes it easier to pull

Mine that rectangle thing going into the hook actually doubles back & goes trough the pulley block & attach's back to the puller to get 2 times the pulling power

I UN did it to get the length, 2 times as much with out the pulley about 20'

Here read this on How block & tackles work

If you need more help just ask .

IMHO do your Friend a favor & just buy a new one @ harbor freight or home depot for $10 - 20 for the cheap kind.

What do you think?


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I think Rob hit on a good point........as cheap as they are just buy a new one. Not need to compromise safety to save a few bucks.
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Well, I think I'll fix it and then pass along the "high recommendation" that he replace it with a new one.

Interestingly, except for the one-ratchet-gear-only, this is a pretty heavyweight puller. The frame and handle are much sturdier than the three I have. Which only makes sense, since I've bent up the handles on all three of those pulling stumps.
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I think Rob hit on a good point........as cheap as they are just buy a new one. Not need to compromise safety to save a few bucks.
I am with this comment..and trying to pull something with an el-cheapo don't work model is an exercise in frustration I do not care for..

Just me tho..

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A man up for a challenge I see
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I can respect that but when it comes to "pulling stumps there are only 2 ways to do it
the 1st could be called a prostitute {a Back Hoe}

Or a Vermeer 50 HP stump grinder.

If it don't have Hydraulics & wheels I ain't doin' it LOL

TSC has a Huge one for about $100. it catches my eye every time I'm in there.

My wife Is a assistant manager for TSC ! Yippie for me!
They have Quality stuff

post you repair I wanna see...

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Ha $100 my arse 176. for 3 ton puller ???

maybe after I hit lotto


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... but when it comes to "pulling stumps there are only 2 ways to do it
the 1st could be called a prostitute {a Back Hoe}
Or a Vermeer 50 HP stump grinder...
And about 40 years ago an even funner alternative that my Dad and I used to use. Dynamite. Seeing stump parts catapult 30 feet into the air is quite a thrill.
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CBOY!!!

MY FRIEND!!

I got a job for ya.

A need a stump removed. He lives across the street LOL


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And about 40 years ago an even funner alternative that my Dad and I used to use. Dynamite. Seeing stump parts catapult 30 feet into the air is quite a thrill.

Two tales from my youth about these options.


Once, dad was clearing a tree line fence from the front of the farm by the road. He hooked a log chain to the stump, and to the drawbar of his old 706 LP gas IH tractor. He tried a couple of times to pull from 6 or 8 feet to "tug the stump out. No go. So, he backed all the way up (18' of chain), opened the thottle all the way, and let out the clutch in low range 3rd gear. He still says that if it hadn't been for the LP tank, he would have shot right off going over the top. One wild ride I'm sure. I still wonder if that's why him and mom stopped with 5 kids...


Second tale. My grandpa (dad's dad) had told me that his father-in-law had showed him how to blast stumps with a bit 'o TNT. And he wanted to show his dad how it was done. So, he dug the hole to plant the TNT, ran the cord to a safe distance, and got ready to push the lever on the box. All the while overlooking the new to the area overhead powerline that passed by overhead. He pushed the lever down, and then saw the wire. Too little, too late. As he told me this, he laughed, and said he must've not set the TNT in the stump right. He said the stump went in a C shaped arc right around and over the powerline. He said that was the last time he touched dynamite. Scared him pretty bad I guess.


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