While a good winch is required equipment for any vehicle that ventures offroad, the best winch is worthless without something to hook onto. If you're stuck without an anchor point, your winch is of little use. The Pull-Pal is a portable anchor that can be placed just about anywhere and will permit you to winch through sand, mud, dirt, clay, hardpan soil, snow, and rock. The Pull-Pal is designed for winch-equipped vehicles and is engineered so that its blade plows firmly and safely into the ground as pulling force is applied to it. The harder the pulling force, the harder Pull-Pal will dig into the ground.
This is the Pull-Pal in its assembled and ready configuration. The hole on the tip of pulling arm accepts a standard 3/4" Bow Shackle for securing your Expeditionware Synthetic Winch Line or Superwinch Pulley Block.
The Pull-Pal's blade is easily removed and the pulling arms fold compactly for easy storage of the unit.
The Pull-Pal's blade is quickly detachable from the pulling arms by aligning the locking slide with the mounting hooks and sliding the blade backward. The locking slide is designed so that it will lock the blade onto the hooks at either end of its rotating arc. Only when carefully aligned with the locking slide permit the hooks to slide and the blade released. An accidental release of the blade is almost impossible.
Pull-Pal is ruggedly constructed with a forged chrome-moly plow assembly, welded construction overall, and Grade 8 fasteners for strength and quality.
The Pull-Pal can be mounted inside or outside your vehicle in almost any fashion that can safely support the Pull-Pal's weight.
Simply insert the plow point into the soil and properly connect your winch to the pulling eye on the Pull-Pal. As the winch cable tightens, the the blade will plow itself deeply and firmly into the ground. Once securely plowed into the ground with the blade deeply buried and the pulling eye flush with the ground, the Pull-Pal will serve as a winching anchor from which you can safely and securely extricate your stuck vehicle. Many experienced users like to mount a tree strap to the Pull-Pal to facilitate its removal from the ground after use.
Even the best equipped vehicles driven by experienced drivers get stuck. Here, Alan Stuart's Discovery is stuck on a steep and loose incline during his Alaska Expedition. With no trees or other anchors near, this situation could become dangerous.
With the Pull-Pal, it's no problem. Simply plow the Pull-Pal into the ground securely and begin winching.
In soft ground, the Pull-Pal may move toward the vehicle before it digs enough to remain stationary under heavy load. This is normal.
The Pull-Pal will work even in the softest sand. Ho used his Superwinch Husky 10 and Pull-Pal to considerable effect on the soft sands of Pismo Beach. This Pull-Pal dug and kept on digging until it was it was solidly secured to the ground. Ho then used it as an anchor to secure himself as he winched up a dune. When there are no trees around, the Pull-Pal is priceless.
If the ground is soft and/or your vehicle is really stuck, you can even use two Pull-Pals together to prevent the Pull-Pals from being yanked from the ground. The diagram above shows the proper method of rigging two Pull-Pals together. Set the Pull-Pals 10' to 12' apart and connect them with a Choker Chain used as a bridle. Attach a 3/4" Bow Shackle to the tip of the bridle and connect the winch hook to the bow shackle. Do not attach the winch hook to the choker chain. In these severe-stuck situations, only the Pull-Pal allows you to get the maximum pulling force from your winch every time by allowing you to unspool your winch cable to the proper layer. You lose considerable pulling power (up to 20% on some units) with each layer of cable left spooled on the winch drum. When you're really stuck and you need all the power you can get from your winch, you can set the Pull-Pal in a location that permits you unspool the proper amount of winch cable from your winch's drum to obtain the lowest practicable gearing and the most pulling power from your winch.
The Pull-Pal Carrying Case is the newest alternative to storing & carrying your Pull-Pal. The Carrying Case can also be used as a mat to protect you or your tools from cold or muddy ground while working under your vehicle.
Heavy-duty wraparound handles ensure the Carrying Case will not open inadvertently.
The heavy nylon body is lock-stitched and surrounds high-density closed-cell foam.
A reinforced back panel strengthens the case and prevents it from collapsing. Two cinch straps secure the Pull Pal in place,
and a padded panel separates the blade from the shaft.
"They performed just as you said they would and more. The Pull-Pal was used as an anchor after all of the other anchors pulled loose from the muddy bank or broke. It worked where the others failed. When used properly, the Pull-Pal can save a lot of time and aggravation. Thank you again for letting us use your product, and we will be using them for a wide variety of anchoring tasks at future Camel Trophy and Land Rover events." -- Tom Collins, United States Camel Trophy Team Coordinator
"One more time the Pull-Pal proves itself in the international offroad competition scene. In this years Australian Outback Challenge we were the only ones with a Pull-Pal out of the 50 cars. All the other vehicles had home-brewed land anchors, or an off-the-shelf imitation of the Pull-Pal. Ours was the only one that didn't fail. Either they broke, or they would just drag along without catching. They spent more time welding their anchors than actually using them. I saw a couple of brand-new imitations break straight out the box. We used our Pull-Pal in everything from mud to sand and it never failed. We even had to pull out the car strictly on winch power because we got water in the distributor and the engine stopped. We didn't win, but we never got stuck. Congratulations on one of the best products ever invented for offroading." -- Al de Orleans, Team Canary Islands member for the 1998 Tierra del Fuego Camel Trophy, 1999 Malaysia Rainforest Challenge, and 2001 Australia Outback Challenge
If you want some training on how to use your Pull-Pal Land Anchor safely, then the Getting UNStuck DVD is available. In this DVD, Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America has taken his almost half century of fourwheeling experience and condensed it into two hours of detailed vehicle recovery techniques and recovery gear employment. Traveling from Moab to the beaches of Cape Cod and back across the Colorado Rockies, Bill takes us through desert and barren mountain peaks to illustrate the proper recovery techniques and proper use of recovery products such as Superwinch Winches & Winching Tools, Bow Shackles, Pull-Pal Land Anchor, Hi-Lift Jack, Heavy-Duty Transport Chains, Protective Gloves, proper recovery points like the Shackle Mounting Brackets or Dixon-Bate Tow Jaws, RUD 4x4 Grip Chains, and synthetic winch lines. This DVD is certainly not a replacement for personal instruction from Bill, but it is a very good start in the right direction.