April 20, 2014 at 2:23 am #9803
As I changed out the snow plow for the mowing deck today I was thinking about how many times I use some aid to lift or move heavy items. I have various jacks, a motor cycle lift, 1 ton shop crane, 1 ton chain hoist, and a couple sets of block & tackle. I have this stuff because it is needed to move things and not just up and down, sideways as well.
A jack can open or push apart almost anything you can fit it into. They are commonly used in emergencies as the Jaws of Life to pry open cars after an accident. Well I was thinking how someone might need to open some doors after shtf.
One day I was at a inner city business and the owner had cement barriers across the front of the steel garage doors in his warehouse. When I asked about them he told me that was the only way he could keep thieves from using car jacks on the doors. They would poke a hole in the door and then jack the door up. It didn’t matter what kind of lock he had on the door. The door was going up or getting bent and destroyed. Virtually every car has some type of jack to use if need be.April 20, 2014 at 3:58 am #9816
1974, There you go, something that I have not been think about at all. I need to invest in some. Which one do you think if you had to have one in a SHTF?April 20, 2014 at 4:42 am #9832
Look into “farm” or Hi-Lift jacks or Porta-Power hydraulic ram sets. Good old bottle jacks are more compact and can come in handy as well.April 20, 2014 at 10:36 am #9875
MidSouth made great recommendations.
A few that I found.
http://www.rakuten.com/prod/10-ton-porta-power-hydraulic-jack-body-frame-repair-kit-auto-shop-tool/233881397.html?listingId=227093892&scid=pla_google_BestChoiceProducts&adid=18172&gclid=CIWEwpju7r0CFUYV7AodAGwAnAApril 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm #9890
Don’t forget to add some good pulleys to your list! Very handy.April 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm #9894
1974, Thanks for the links, I have a Harbor Freight about 2 to 3 miles away from my house.
tweva, I will look at the pulleys too!
It is a beautiful sunny day in Miami today. Will be going to a family dinner tonight.April 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm #9895
Happy Easter to everyone! My God Bless You.April 22, 2014 at 5:25 am #10140
I was going to post about these wire rope haulers.. when I had to pull out my SUV which I nearly put over a bank… long story ..:-(….. Anyway they are great for all sorts of uses …expensive , so look out for them 2nd hand. I got 2 that way over the years.. a big one and a small one which is more portable.
They pull with a slow controlled pull, much safer than pulling with a vehicle… which all happens fast. Ideal for pulling up a windmill tower I am told.April 22, 2014 at 11:48 am #10211
Kiwi25 Thanks, I will like my eyes open for one.April 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm #10302
Another great use for long cable haulers is when you are felling a tree and you want to ensure the direction of fall.. maybe against it;s natural lean… or because there is a building nearby. If you use a ladder you can attach the cable high up the tree and get great leverage, and get far enough away so you don’t pull the tree on top of yourself. As you cut the tree leave a good hinge of wood.. and work the cable hauler.. and the tree will bend where you want it to fall.
It is really a high tech tool… which is still worked by human power.April 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm #10306
The uses are nearly endless once you start using equipment like this. We used similar designed equipment in construction for man lifts. You can go as high as your cable. In this case about 300′July 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm #17937
Kiwi, what you use is similar to the simple cable puller usually called a “come-along” in the U.S. I use one too, which I got at The Sportsmansguide. Harbor Freight carries them as well. I can pull my truck out of a ditch with mine. BUT …
… Heaven help us if the cable should snap when it’s tense. A metal projectile would come at our skull at hundreds of miles an hour.
That’s why I favor an electric winch with a control that allows me to stand 20 feet away from the tense cable, to one side.
I love my come-along but am wary of it. Does your device have some trick that would make it “go limp” if it snapped?July 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm #17940
I believe the cale puller Kiwi uses is a more versatile tool then a come along as it does not reel the cable on a spool but pulls the cable through it. This allows you to use unlimited cable lenght.July 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm #17941
Thank you, 74. Yes, that is much more versatile.July 6, 2014 at 5:40 am #17973
When you’re winching, take something large – like a wet beach towel or something similar – and drape it over the line. This will act as a brake in case something lets go. Really.
If you’re still worried about breaking things, prop open your hood. If the line breaks, at least it won’t blow out your windshield..
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1
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