Let’s set a scene:
- There are no trees in sight (you pick: a barren desert or a snow-capped peak)
- You get your vehicle stuck (you pick: soft sand or deep mud)
- You are traversing by yourself (you pick: a spiritual journey or heading home from work)
- You have no communications to have someone come help you (you pick: you threw your phone out the window wooing or you are in a remote cell service area)
- You have to self-recover and take inventory of what tools you have (we will give you a WARN winch and Pull-Pal for this scene!)
- After considering how to winch yourself out of the situation you realize there is nothing to winch to (you pick: a different angle or create a winch point)
Creating a Winching Point
The purpose of Pull-Pal is specifically to create a winching point for a recovery or off-roading situation. The example above is one of hundreds of situations where you could find yourself looking for a winch point. Creating a winching point could be the most valuable moment in your recovery.
How It Works
A Pull-Pal is essentially an anchoring tool that relies on physics. Insert the plow point into the ground, a little pre-assistance with getting the point to dig is always helpful. Then hook the winch cable to the end of the Pull-Pal. As the winch cable tightens, the point grabs deep and firm into the ground. Once the plow point gets settled, it will stop moving and the winch line will have enough resistance to work at moving the vehicle.
Pull Pal is ruggedly constructed with a forged chrome-moly plow assembly, welded construction overall, and assembled with Grade 8 bolts for strength and quality. It is an extremely strong piece of equipment. They come in multiple sizes starting at 6,000lbs for a UTV up to 14,000lbs for Military uses.
There are many ways to utilize a Pull-Pal in creative recovery techniques. The most common is being in a very dramatic situation where you need two winching points to recover. Another is needing the ability to use all the winch line to accommodate the load, but not having a winch point at that distance. A third example is climbing a mountain that has nothing at the top of the peak and needing the extra stability of the winch line to help minimize dangers.
A Pull-Pal can come with a nice black padded bag. This bag can also be used in a recovery as a winch line pad, as something to lay for traction, a work mat for under the vehicle or other ingenious ideas. If you don’t want to keep the Pull-Pal and bag in your vehicle, (noted it is a big and bulky tool), there are also a few different rear rack storage devices.
This is a good tool to consider for your off-roading experiences. If you don’t have one, to get some hands-on experience, find someone in your local club that may have one, or attend an upcoming Ladies Offroad Network Trail Training that gives you the opportunity to see how it works hands-on. You never know when you might need one of these handy tools.
If you do decide to purchase one, please consider calling or ordering through Pull-Pal direct. Let them know you are part of the Ladies Offroad Network group. They are great people, and did I mention women-owned? www.pullpal.com
Author: Charlene Bower
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