If I didn’t have a winch and had no budget to spend and I was stuck and had no one to pull me out, I would probably go buy this....I’m not a fan of Harbor Frieght, I anything I’ve bought there I pretty much did so because I needed it once and never expected to need it again....however I will say my angle grinder from there has been great. Anyway, I’ve seen this do some good work, you’d probably want to attach to a tree then use something like a heavy duty ratchet strap or chain between the vehicle and hand winch so you can take the slack out as you winch. It would be a GIANT pain in the azz BUT if your stuck and only have $50 to your name and your buddy can’t pull you out....give this and a heavy duty chain/ratchet strap a shot...also maybe a pipe to put over the handle to extend it https://www.harborfreight.com/8000-lbs-cable-winch-puller-69855.html
BUT like everyone said....I’m not recommending this, but I’ve seen it work with a LOT of pita factor....when your buried in a 2 feet deep mud hole you really do need a good electric winch.
I get what you're saying, and I don't want to sound like a jerk, but damn...if you're that broke (only have $50 to your name), what are you doing out wheelin' where your next broken part could very easily cost you way more than you can afford to fix?
Sorry, it's just the first thing that came to mind when I read your post. No offense intended...
my first thought is that come along is only 1/4" cable and good for only 4000 lb the block and tackle doubles the pulling power per say pulling that much weight and that short handle is a disaster waiting to happen if a cable broke
Search Wyeth-Scott More Power Puller. Have carried this hand winch in my work and personal rigs for well over 30 years and have extricated my self many times with it. Way more work than an electric winch but better than a several mile walk out.
OP, back in the last century, I used a come along to get a truck unstuck (not mine). It was a light duty unit, like the one you get from Harbor Freight. The truck was stuck in some muddy ruts, but not up to the axles or frame. It just needed a little tug. If the truck had better tires, it would not have gotten stuck. They do work, but for very few situations.
I had a highlift jack with come along attachment when I started wheeling. I figured I could pull from any angle and it was significantly cheaper than a winch. I got stuck and used it. It took 4 college age men an hour to set it up and pull it out 10ft and we were exhausted. The next day I bought a winch.