Tekton 5541 2-Ton Power Puller Review

December 7, 2015
Tekton 5541 2-ton rated cable puller come-along

Our Rating

Construction
Reliability
Ease of Use
Versatility
Warranty
Overall
Value for money but has some quality control issues.

3.5

Good
Specifications
Type: Cable Puller
Maximum Capacity: 4000 pounds
Cable Length: 7 feet 10 inches
Cable Diameter: 3/16 inch
Weight: 8 pounds
Country of Origin: Made in China
Price range: < $50

Key Features

  • Ratchet lever system with pulley means you can pull heavy loads single-handedly
  • All-steel, hardened one-piece frame construction with galvanized finish to resist corrosion
  • Includes locking pawl and gear of laminated steel
  • Automatically releases notch-by-notch
  • Braided steel aircraft-grade cable
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee from manufacturer

Tekton is a US company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, however this product is manufactured in China. Tekton has sometimes been dismissed as the brand you go to when you’re looking for something cheap, but recently they’ve been focusing on improving the quality of their products while still keeping them affordable. They’re also working hard on customer service – it’s clear that they pay attention to online feedback and reviews and try to resolve issues even after the customers themselves have given up.

Like all come-alongs, the Tekton 5541 Power Puller uses a lever handle attached to a ratcheting gear. This model also includes a pulley at the load end. The mechanical advantage of the lever and pulley combination allows you to pull heavy loads single-handedly and it has a maximum load rating of 4000 pounds and a 2000-pound safe working load.

Both hooks have safety latches and the 3/16 inch cable is made of aircraft-grade braided steel. The maximum pulling length is 7 feet 10 inches. When you have finished using this cable puller, simply release the pawls and the cable tension is automatically let down one notch at a time.

This come-along is made entirely of hardened steel with a one-piece frame for durability and the manufacturer stands behind their product with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

The question is, how well does the Tekton 5541 live up to the manufacturer’s claims?

Some purchasers claim their Tekton 5541 2-Ton Power Puller arrived defective or failed shortly after being put into use. While you’re never going to find a manufactured item with a zero-percent failure rate, especially in the lower price-range like this, it’s something to be aware of if you don’t have a backup plan.

After purchasing your Tekton 2-ton come-along inspect it immediately upon delivery and before use. Make sure that the winch cable unspools easily and that all the parts seem to be in working order. If there are any obvious defects, you should return it for a replacement right away. Take it easy the first time you try it out, don’t push its limits and be extra careful to take all possible safety precautions until you know how it performs.

If your Power Puller arrives in good condition, it will most likely to continue to work as advertised and you’ll be happy with it. Whether you’re hauling logs, stretching barbed wire or felling trees, this is a tool that will make the job easier. You’re not likely to run into trouble if you stay within the safe working load and use it only as directed. Remember that a come-along is intended only for pulling and should never be used as a hoist. It’s also important to store it somewhere dry, keep it lubricated and inspect it each time you use it for signs of damage.

Our Verdict

Even though the Tekton 5541 has a maximum rated capacity of 4000 pounds, if you often use it above the 2000-pound safe working limit, you might find that it warps or bends over time. For a few dollars more you can get the 4-ton Tekton 5546 puller in the same product line, which might be a better choice if you’re planning to use it for vehicle recovery or for loads that approach or exceed 2000 pounds.

On the whole this Tekton 5541 2-Ton Power Puller offers really good value for money. If you’re on a budget and looking for a come-along tool that will help you pull heavy loads around the farm, wood lot, construction or demolition site, this will work well. But if you’ll immediately be relying on the Tekton 5541 to get you out of a sticky situation miles from nowhere, you may want to look elsewhere. We recommend to be sure to test thoroughly before using it and don’t hesitate to ask for a replacement if you notice any defects.

For

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee

Against

  • Optimistic capacity rating
  • Mechanism often jams
  • Quality control issues
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