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Hand-Over-Hand. Rather than using a ratchet to wrap a cable around a spindle, as conventional come-alongs do, the Tirfor Griphoist has a pair of jaws that pull the cable straight through the housing with a hand-over-hand motion — one jaw grabs the cable while the other gets ready for the next pull. This results in a smoother pull and permits finer adjustments than are possible with a come-along, says the maker. Prices start at $600. Tractel North America, 800/421-0246. www.tractelnorthamerica.com

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