You Can Take This Tiny Crane With You AnywhereWes Siler8/25/14 1:45pmFiled to: GearReviewsParaPullParacordblock and tacklecranepulleycobraheatIndefinitely Wild462EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe ParaPull is an ingenious block and tackle pulley system scaled down to work with common 550 paracord. It fits in your pocket and gives you a 6:1 mechanical advantage over any heavy object.Correction: I state in the video that the ParaPull provides a 7:1 mechanical advantage; in actual fact it's a 6:1. Sorry. AdvertisementParacord is one of those ubiquitous things you'll find in the supply closet of any avid outdoorsman. Parachute Cord is a lightweight, nylon rope first employed to rig parachutes during World War II. "550" or "Type 3" cord encloses seven strands of nylon string inside a braided outer shell and can hold up to 550 lbs of weight. It does stretch though, so never use it to climb or suspend a person by their body. You can use it to rig a hammock, tie down a tent, lash things to your car or truck or in about a million other incredibly useful ways around vehicles, boats, the campsite or even your home. This is all probably a little remedial; you likely already have some paracord in your truck, pack or boat. And now, you can use paracord to lift heavier objects than you'd be capable of lifting on your own. Block and tackles employ pulleys to leverage simple mechanical advantage to reduce the input force required to achieve lift. When you pull the parapull, the end of the rope you pull moves six times the distance of the lifting action taking place, making it that many times easier.