from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In transportation, a small portable capstan having a horizontal winding-drum, used in hauling grain-cars in the yard of a grain-elevator; a *car-haul (which see). It is operated by means of a belt from the elevator and has winding-ropes to control the care.
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I'd take a duplex car-puller along next time I tackled that kind of a job, and I went back to the elevator. "