We got a tree stump in our lawn , it’s diameter is about a little bit more than 4 feet, it had bothered us for a few years, we’ve tried chainsaw on it but nothing can go through it, lately we bought a 4 ton cable puller , together with my truck pulled the stump out without major effort!
Cable pullers are great multipurpose and heavy duty stretching tools that any handy man should have them around in their basement. The rated capacity of cable puller usually comes in from 1 ton to 4 ton(2200lbs to 8800lbs), the reach of the pullers is usually 6 feet to 12 feet, the higher the capacity, the shorter the reach, 1 ton puller can have 12′ reach while 4 ton puller will only have 6′ reach, but some extra heavy duty 4 ton ones can have 11′ or more. We usually call cable puller “Come Along”, by definition, a come along is a hand operated ratchet lever winch, so cable puller can be called come along, along with chain puller, chain hoist, hand winch, trailer winch. regular hand winch is used to pull boat out of water on the boat trailer or lower the boat into water, hence the name ‘boat trailer winch”, and hand winch has to be fixed onto something before use while you can just hook cable puller onto something heavy, non movable , such as a tree.
Cable pullers have some nice features and interesting applications you should know before you buy them. The cable limiter on a cable puller help to keep 2 wraps of cable on ratchet wheel, and you can release loads one notch at a time, this way you can release a vehicle or a boat safely, it usually has a laminated steel ratchet wheel, rust resistant plated steel, drop forged steel safety hooks, 4 ton model will feature 5/16” galvanized aircraft cable, and all the cable pullers will have to meet OSHA and ASME specs. Typically the cable pullers will have two slip safety hooks with latch, but some super heavy duty ones have 3 safety hooks for extra protection.
For stretching, pulling, lifting and lowering, cable pullers are the best choice. You can pull or release vehicles onto and from trailer respectively, hold or drag trees when you’re logging, pull big rack or shed around your house, pull the stuck vehicle out of somewhere , compare to electric powered winch, such as ATV winch , cable pullers are cheaper alternatives.