I am in the process of designing/building a winch anchor. Why you ask? I live in a desert so we have sand and sagebrush. We also play in the mountains and the beach...I am also bored and looking for a project. If it works well, perhaps a future product or instructions on how to build your own.
The Pullpal seems to have a following...including the military. I have not seen one in action other than videos/ photos on the internet. It appears that it would be difficult to get set unless the soil was "soft" assuming you do not have a winch remote or another set of hands...It also is expensive, IMHO.
The ARB and Smiittybilt anchors do not appear to be effective. I think Expeditionportal (?) did a comparison and these did not perform well compared to the Pullpal.
Other designs are the pickets (rebar, angle iron, etc.), augers, boat anchors
, and sand ladders.
My criteria is:
1. Effective in sand, dirt (hard packed, loose), and mud.
2. Easy to setup/ assemble...does not have to be a quick.
3. Compact to store, otherwise it gets left at home.
4. Single person operation without winch remote.
5. Inexpensive to make.
If you have time please provide any input (personal experience, homemades, your criteria, would you carry one? , etc.).
Thanks in advance...