Instructions for a Maasdam Power Pull

by Renee Miller

The Maasdam Power Pull moves heavy weights without using expensive hydraulics or power winches. The Power Pull device, also called a come-along or a manual winch, is a necessary tool for four-wheeling and in work where heavy lifting is required. Power Pulls can support loads from 1 to 4 tons (check manufacturer’s recommendations) and are used in a variety of applications, such as lifting motors, pulling heavy equipment and moving and installing machinery.

Step 1

Connect the end hook to a support object that is fixed in place (such as a truck or a tree) and strong enough to hold the load and close the safety latch.

Step 2

Line your thumb up with the arrow on the flat spring (actually a flat, curved piece) located in the base (“Y” shape) of the handle.

Step 3

Push down until the spring bends toward “Down.” The pawl (hinged device that prevents backward motion) in the handle will disengage from the ratchet wheel.

Step 4

Hold the handle and hook unit so that the gold ratchet guard is on top. Pull up on the handle until it won’t move any further.

Step 5

Press the gold lever of the handle pawl until both the handle pawl and the retainer pawl, which is located behind the ratchet wheel, disengage.

Step 6

Hold the handle pawl in the down position and walk backwards until you have the length of cable you need. Two wraps of cable should remain on the ratchet wheel drum when lifting.

Step 7

Connect the swivel hook to the load you’re lifting and close the safety latch.

Step 8

Line up your thumb once more with the arrow on the flat spring in the base of the handle assembly and push until the spring bends toward “Up.”

Step 9

Stand on the side where the hook assembly is located and grab the handle grip.

Step 10

Move the handle backward and forward. This takes up the slack in the cable. Keep your hand firmly on the grip as you lift. Continue to move the handle to lift the load to the desired position. If the handle will not move, then the puller has reached its limit. Don’t use a cheater bar or extender to lift higher or pull more weight.

Step 11

Repeat step 3 and pull the handle toward the swivel hook unit until it no longer moves.

Step 12

Push the handle away until you hear a click, and then pull it back toward the hook assembly once more.

Step 13

Repeat steps 11 and 12 until the load is lowered to its final position.

Step 14

Disconnect both hooks and remove the puller. Wind the excess cable or strap back onto the ratchet wheel by repeating steps 8 and 9. Hold one hook in your hand, and grip the handle in your other hand.

Step 15

Pump the handle (back and forth) until the cable or strap is wound onto the wheel.

Step 16

Wind and fasten the remaining strap. Do not wind the cable beyond the limits of the ratchet wheel.

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