The 10 Best Power Pullers
This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in January of 2016. A good power puller can be an indispensable tool for tightening a slackline, repairing a fence, or removing a tree stump. Also called come-alongs, they are available with a wide range of capacities and capable of applying between half and 4 tons of force to an object. We've included affordable light-duty models as well as extremely rugged options suitable for lifting or dragging very heavy items. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 22, 2019:
Power pullers provide increased mechanical advantage for dragging, lifting, or removing heavy objects from the ground. Depending on what you'll be using it for, you may be able to get by with an inexpensive option like any of the Maasdams or the Tekton, though they may not last for more than a couple years, and don't operate as smoothly as a high-end model. The Maasdam A-100, for what it's worth, is a more traditional option that allows for any length of rope to be attached, while spooling models are generally limited to 20 feet or shorter. The Sportsman, TR Industrial, and ABN would make a good upgrade over the most budget-oriented, and with a 4-ton rating, they're about as strong as you'll find for under $100. The HappyBuy is designated for lifting and comes in a variety of sizes and capacities. The IS Imports provides more leverage than most, but it's also relatively expensive. But if you're looking for the absolute best, and willing to spend considerably more, you pretty much can't top the Wyeth-Scott, which is absurdly strong, and uses a specialized rope that won't fly back at you if it breaks, eliminating the most prevalent danger when using these tools.
Speaking of that, pay careful attention to the tasks you're facing and how much power you'll need, and choose an appropriate capacity of come-along. If you're planning on using additional chains and shackles, make absolutely certain that their work load limit exceeds that of both your choice of power puller as well as the maximum potential load you'll be working with. When these tools and their cables are under load, should the line snap or a hook or shackle break, the results can be devastating. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as eyewear, gloves, heavy boots, and possibly even a hardhat when working with heavy objects. As long as you plan ahead and keep a close eye on your work, you should have no problem completing the job safely.