Originally Posted by BogMonster
Not to mention the fact that it is about 6 inches from your leg when it breaks which focuses the attention
Tirfors and other hand winches nearly always have a shear pin in the mechanism so unless the wire rope is damaged, or the load suddenly moves and puts a shock loading on the cable, the cable should never actually break, hence the fact they they are rated for lifting as well as pulling.
Hard work though - got one of those too (well a copy, not a genuine Tirfor), just in case the Milemarker lets me down!
Yes there is a big safety factor built in - the biggest Tirfor has something like 12 ton wire rope but lifts 3.5tons.
Yes they ARE hard work but very useful - my brother reckons you could steal something with a Tirfor - it moves so slowly nobody would see it go.....