Lug-All Spotlight: Homesteading and Heavy Lifting
Uses for a Lug-All winch hoist can be found in almost any situation; just ask Lug-All user David B. David runs a farm and homestead, which means that he does a lot of property maintenance himself. To keep up with the demands of maintaining a large property, David has one tool that he can use for almost anything that he can think of.
He uses his Lug-All 4000-20 come along ratchet winch hoist for many jobs around his property. Some of these tasks include hauling construction material and holding materials in place while building. He also uses it for moving heavy loads through the forest on his property, where dense trees can make it too difficult to use larger equipment.
A Versatile Tool
David says that there are other options to use around the farm, but none of them measure up to his Lug-All. Those options include electric winches, chain hoists, and rope and pulley systems. However, each of these tools has specific drawbacks, and in each case, the Lug-All hoist does the job better.
The first alternative option is an electric winch. An electric winch can be easy to use and very effective, but it’s limited to pulling loads horizontally. Unlike the Lug-All winch hoist, which can be used effectively as both a winch and a hoist, the electric winch is not designed for lifting heavy objects. It also relies on electric power, which means it requires less physical effort, but if the battery runs low while pulling a load, David says that he would be stuck and have to find a different way to finish the job.
Another alternative option is a chain hoist. Chain hoists are reliably strong enough to tackle the heaviest jobs, but they are also limited in their function. While the electric winch can only pull horizontally, a chain hoist can only lift objects vertically. Another downside of a chain hoist is the space; the hoist itself takes up a lot of space, and it also requires significant storage space for the chain. Because the wire rope on his Lug-All winds completely onto the hoist’s drum, David says that it is much more compact and easier to store.
One final alternative that he could use is a system of ropes and pulleys. This system has an advantage over both other options because it can be set up to provide either a vertical lift or a horizontal pull. However, it is more difficult and requires more pieces to create a useful mechanical advantage with a pulley system. David says that the lower manpower needed to operate a Lug-All hoist is more ideal for the variety of jobs that he does on his property.
Quality You Can Feel
David says that all of the advantages his Lug-All hoist has compared to the other three options makes it his best tool for nearly every job. But those advantages aren’t the only reason that he prefers to use the Lug-All. He also says that the hoist’s quality and its durable construction make it his number one choice over any other brand of winch or hoist.
He told us when he uses it for heavy-duty jobs, “I have the feeling it’s more than capable of handling the job.” On the other hand, the flimsier construction and lower-quality materials of cheaper hardware-store hoists give him the impression that they might snap under a heavy load.
David says that all of these factors, from the versatility, usability, and high-quality construction, are why he continues to find new uses for his Lug-All hoist. He told us that he’s been happy with its performance since he started using it, and it’s never let him down since.