GEAR: THE MORE POWER PULLER, TRASH TALK, BOSS AU­DIO AM­PLI­FIED SUBWOOFER, DOMETIC CFX40W

Big Pulling Power; Por­ta­ble Pack­age

4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY JA­SON LIV­ING­STONE

WINCHES ARE A RE­COV­ERY

STA­PLE if you wheel hard and get stuck of­ten, but winch set­ups add sig­nif­i­cant weight and cost. Wyeth-Scott of­fers an alternativ­e. Es­tab­lished in 1934, they are the mak­ers of the More Power Puller; a beastly come-along with winch­level pulling power. While the design re­mains largely un­changed, their most pop­u­lar model, the 3-35-A-SLT, sports 35ft of AmS­teel-Blue syn­thetic rope and can be pur­chased through sup­pli­ers listed on their web­site.

Weigh­ing un­der 12 kg ( 26 lbs) with sup­plied snatch block, it’s a feath­er­weight com­pared to a bumper mounted winch setup and can be left at home when you aren’t play­ing in the dirt.

Wyeth-Scott builds their prod­uct for strength and me­chan­i­cal dura­bil­ity to the exclusion of all else and it shows. It is not pretty or cheap ($560.20 from Joe’s Farm Service in On­tario). Like Buck­ley’s cough syrup, though, it just works! In dou­ble-line con­fig­u­ra­tion, it will dead­lift 2721 kg (6000 lbs) and pull a whop­ping 5443 kg (12000 lbs). Dur­ing use, it feels rock-solid, even with my truck prop­erly stuck. Be­ing able to pull in any di­rec­tion makes it a very versatile re­cov­ery de­vice. That said, it is no speed ma­chine. Pull speed will be less than half that of a good elec­tric winch.

Soft, wear-prone paint is the only is­sue that I have had. Wyeth-Scott says that this is typ­i­cal and that it has no real ef­fect on dura­bil­ity. They of­ten service 50 year old pullers still seeing use!

I do rec­om­mend pur­chas­ing the ex­tended han­dle to in­crease lever­age and, since the han­dle dou­bles as an over­load fail­ure point, con­sider a spare if you have a heav­ier ve­hi­cle.

For the solo trav­eller, over­land ex­plorer, or week­end war­rior, the Wyeth-Scott More Power Puller is a great winch alternativ­e that can get you out of trou­ble, pro­vid­ing peace of mind that you won’t be walk­ing home.

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