Introducing the Pulling Pal

 

REDUCE LABOR, REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR CABLE DAMAGE, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY.

The Pulling Pal is a tool to assist in the installation of low voltage cabling across long distances with multiple direction changes. No more pulling slack at every direction change, make one consistent pull through many turns while dramatically decreasing the chances of kinks or snags. 

Pulling Cable The Hard Way....

 When pulling cable through a direction change, it's common and pretty much neccessary to pull enough slack at the turn to pull along the next straight path. It is difficult and time consuming for a single tech to accomplish this and almost guarantees a snag or a kink. With two techs, one pulling and one feeding, it's much easier and safer, but increases your labor costs. 

The Pulling Pal Way....

The Pulling Pal allows a single technician to pull up, over, and around corners or changes in direction in one consistent pull. When the pull is complete, the tech backtracks and secures the cables and removes the Pulling Pals for use on the next pull.
The Pulling Pal does not;

  • Call in sick.
  • Go on vacation.
  • Get paid to ride in the truck.
  • Get injured.
  • Get paid to eat lunch and take breaks.

FAQ

 Got questions? We’ve got answers. If you have some other questions, feel free to send us an email to paul@pullingpal.com 

 

Will using the Pulling Pal cause me to exceed the minimum bend radius of the cable I'm pulling?

 Maybe..., depends on what you're pulling. The Pulling Pal has a saddle diameter of 2" (1" radius), your typical CAT5/6 cable has a minimun bend radius of 1". Other types of cables have different minimums, it's up to you to make the call. What I can tell you for sure is that any kinks will certainly exceed the min bend radius. 

How many should I buy?

 That depends on you and how you like to pull cables. However, I can tell you that 4 pulleys would be a good place to start. You’ll use two for the vertical floor to ceiling and ceiling to floor direction changes and maybe two more for horizontal direction changes. Of course that is assuming that all of your cables have the same end point (see tip #1). Add two more pulleys for each separate end point on a common pull and you should have enough. 

 

How many CAT5/6 cables can I pull at once?

 The Pulling Pal will likely not be the limiting factor in how many cables you can pull at one time. It was designed to hold a maximum of 20 Cat5e CM cables but in reality, any more than 10 cables begins to become unmanageable. In my experience, it has been faster and easier to make two 10 cable pulls vs. trying to pull 20 in one shot. Most Cat5e cable is rated for a pulling tension limit of 25 lbs. Pulling 10 cables at max tension would put you at the 250 lb pulley capacity. But let’s face it… 250lbs would lift most techs off the ground and if you need two techs to pull a bundle of cables, you may want to rethink what you’re doing. 

 

Can the Pullng Pal be left in place as hangers after the cable has been installed?

 SURE!! We'd love that, it'd be great for sales, but why would you want to? These pulleys were designed and intended to be used repeatedly for years as an installation tool. There are certainly more cost effective hangers available for this purpose. 

 

How tough is it if dropped or abused?

 I did a lot of testing, mostly just to verify the engineering math.

  • 10 drops of same sample from 30’ onto concrete. In one out of the 10 cases, some very minor deformation of the bracket(s) occured, but did not affect functionality. This all depended on how it landed. No failure of the ABS pulley observed.
  • Static overload of brackets. Brackets sustained a 300# load before any deformation was observed. Deformation began at the 90 degree shoulder bend at 325 lbs but sprang back when load removed. Permanent deformation at the 90 degree bend occurred at 350 lbs. No failure of the HDPE pulley or smoothness (flattening) of the roller bearings detected.
  • Static overload of bearings. Tested up to 300lbs (150 lbs each bearing). No flattening or loss of smoothness detected. I did not disassemble and check balls or races for any deformity. These bearings are rated to 130 lbs (each) of static load, some deformity may have occurred but not enough to be detectable when spinning the pulley by hand.
  • Intentional abuse. About the only thing your techs could do to damage the assembly other than overloading it (or rmaybe running over it) would be to pull the brackets away from each other like a wishbone. The brackets will deform close to the through-bolt holes making it difficult or impossible to connect the swivel clip. To repair, the brackets would have to be removed from the assembly, straightened, and reassembled.

Of course, your techs may come up with ways to damage the Pulling Pal that I haven't thought of. This quote by Douglas Adams sums it up best... “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” Regardless, I would be very interested to hear of any failures and how they occured.

 

What is the best way to attach the Pulling Pal to the building structure?

 Tie-wraps, beam clamps, bridle rings, carabiners... it mostly depends on what you have in your tool pouch. Seems like I use tie-wraps most of the time, just make sure to use strong ones or double them up. The included swivel snap clip will allow the pulley assemble to self-align to the direction of the pull. 

Tips and Tricks

 If you have some tips you'd like to share, feel free to send them to paul@pullingpal.com 

 

Pulling to multiple locations

 When pulling from multiple locations… say from workstation or camera locations to the patch panel, always pull from the device end TO the patch panel/server room/closet. Place your box or spool of cable at the device end and pull to the point where all of the cables can then be pulled to the patch panel in a single bundle. The reason for this is simple enough… Pull from the Patch Panel end you will likely end up having to pull some cables further than others. The coil memory in the wires will cause some bundle twisting along the path. This will create quite a bit of friction when trying to continue to pull individual cables from within the main bundle. 

Videos and Pics

Send us pictures or video of how you use the Pulling Pal to paul@pullingpal.com

Typical Use.. 

How to remove the Pulling Pal when install complete.

Unclip the swivel hook, separate the brackets, remove. 

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