From the “people throw away the damndest things” files


As far as I know the thing in the foreground is of use only to truckers with flatbed trailers. But I happen to know a cash-strapped trucker with a flatbed who might be happy to have it, so I’ll see. Otherwise it’ll continue on its way to the dump, I guess.

The two come-alongs, though – there’s just no excuse for throwing those away. I’ve been over them both, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the little one that some WD40 and a lifetime that didn’t involve years of lying in the dirt couldn’t fix. The big one is the same, though a nonessential part does need a new roll pin. They both now work just fine. There’s no fraying in the cables, there’s just nothing wrong with them. It’s ridiculous to throw them away. I’ve wanted a come-along for a long time so I’m keeping one. A home for the other will show up at some point.

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8 Responses to From the “people throw away the damndest things” files

  1. Philip Paul says:

    I wouldn’t throw away that chain binder.
    There must be a trailer around those parts somewhere and someone must have some chain around there too.
    For example, that backhoe might need to be chained down someday or a vehicle put on a trailer……

  2. Wolfman says:

    The other nice thing about chain binders is that they last pretty much forever. I don’t see any reason for it to have gone bad- why throw away a piece of good equipment.

  3. Joel says:

    “Chain binder.” Thanks, guys. I’ve seen a million of them, but didn’t know what they’re called.

  4. Goober says:

    Be very careful if you ever use that chain binder. Them things break jaws, eye sockets, and other assorted body parts far more often than one might suspect.

  5. grendel says:

    The other thing about a chain binder is that you can pull on something REALLY HARD with it, and it’s not limited by the strength of a come along cable. If you had a chain you could use it as a very slow, but very strong come along if you had to, moving something 4-6″ at a time.

  6. Wolfman says:

    This is just a guess, but I’d wager the most common chain binder injury is pinching the unholy life out of any finger that winds up on the downhill side of the handle when it breaks overcenter. Done that more than a few times.

  7. Jay says:

    You can always use the chain binder to get yer pants zipped after a big dinner….
    Never, ever throw away good, working stuff. If nothing else, the thing has hooks on each end, good for hanging stuff up, or pulling the broken ends of a fence wire together.

  8. Tennessee Budd says:

    Not just flatbeds, Joel; my uncle is a logger. They’re good for booming down a load of logs.

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