Looking to get my first crossbow. Found some good deals online. What about the cranking device though? Are they worth getting? Are they loud and slow? I'm a younger guy and wouldn't have any problem pulling it back with the string-type cocking device, but I've seen some bow that aren't much more to have the crank added.
the cranking device is a bit slower and do make more noise than a rope cocking device , but are a godsend for those that need them , i might add they are very handy for cocking your crossbow while in a treestand .
I love that the Ten Point and Wicked Ridge bows have the string cocking devise attached to the stock. That was one fot the first things that sold me on my Invader. I swear by Wicked Ridge bows. I am sure I am partial because that is what I have but I just love mine. In all fairness, I have not tried other bows so it is hard for me to give a legitimate comparison but there is nothing that I find that I dont like about mine.
The reason I settled on the Tenn Point when I bought my first crossbow was that they had a crank type cocking device. I had shoulder issues, and if I could have cocked a bow otherwise I probably would still be shooting compounds. I had one issue with the crank a couple of years ago, but arrowhead fixed it and he didn't even sell me the bow.
I have a 6PT with the 10Pt cranking device. It does make noise (think plastic gears cranking), and I rarely use it. Even though I hunt on the ground I prefer the rope pull, as long as I can still do it. The rope is also much faster if you want to reload.