In a message dated 6/12/01 6:57:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Maasdan (Maasden?) in California makes a gem.
> I bought 4 of them many years ago and they are orders of magnitude better
> than the
> imported crap.
> About 50 bucks a piece. But they will be the last ones you buy.
> I've seen them at either Home Depot or Lowe's.
There are a myriad of cable puller (comealong) manufacturers and this IS
a case of you get what you pay for.
A comealong should have hooks with spring-loaded gates on them and should
have a cast aluminum cable reel with double ratchet pawl and gear arrangement
on the reel. Something like this will run fifty bucks. Ones with a single
pawl/gear are in the $30-35 range. They both work for typical ham projects -
moving masts up and down, pulling guy wires, etc.
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
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