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Come-a-longs are relatively simple. They will have hooks at both of the ends, levers and ratchets, and a space for the cable. For the most part, the devices all look and behave very similarly. The real difference comes in when looking at the ratings for the device to see just how much it is capable of lifting. There are other small differences as well, such as the size.
How come-a-longs work
Whenever you are using the device, you should always make sure that you are aware of and adhere to the listed weight limit. While they are very strong, they can fail if you are trying to lift a weight that’s greater than the device’s capacity. After you’ve attached the cable to the items you need moved or lifted, you can use the lever winch to draw the cable through the device, and the ratchet will help to keep it in place. This makes pulling and lifting easy.
The “come-a-long” is a type of hand operated ratchet lever winch that you can use to wind rope or cable. The ratchet portion of the device ensures that the line or cable does not loosen. The device is very small and easy to operate, and they typically only weigh about ten pounds or so. This makes them very easy to carry with you. Many people even carry them in their car or truck. They are helpful in construction, towing, and even for pulling up an anchor on your boat.