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Airborne

Winch question

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Hey guys , i think i made mistake when purchased my machine when i thought id be fine with a manual lift moose plow set up .

plow is great , takes a beating , very satisfied however the manual lift for it just kicks my ass after 4 hours or so. Lol 

so im looking at changing over to a winch , no biggie im definitely going to do it , 

where my question is , when looking at winches i came to the divide in the trail ...nylon rope ,or old style cable ?  I will be,only using this for plowing that is all , i use choke cables and tug straps for other work ...... somwhat do you think guys , its not a price issue , im looking for longterm dependability.... i questioned the rope getting wet while plowing , maybe no biggie not sure. ..

thanks guys.  Airborne 

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That’s a great question.  I just received the mounting plate for my bike. I’m going to throw it on this weekend along with the winch..  I personally think the metal is better for just that reason alone of getting wet.  I  think you have more options if and or something  happens to the cable. You can always cut it and add a Crosby clip  and boom you are good to go. Don’t think you can do that with the nylon.  

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On my winch i had cable and it broke 4 times in one winter of plowing. I Switched it out for synthetic rope and it has not broken in 2 years of heavy use. I personally like the rope better because when it brakes it will just fall to the ground. With the steel cable it will snap and fly back at the operator. 

Colin

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It sounds like a good point.  it comes down to preference and maintenance  I guess. Im sure we will hear from a few more members on this ! 

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I am currently running a Winch on my 2018 Polaris Sportsman 570 for a snow plow too. I installed the Harbor Freight Badlands 3500 (over kill? maybe but strong) to move my KFI 60" plow.

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I have teen agers and shovels. Hasn't let me down yet. Lol
But on a serious note, I use synthetic rope as well. Just for the spring back if it breaks with steel cable. Had that happen to my hand on a tow truck. Not pretty. Still going strong for 5 years.

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Thanks for great input guys

1 minute ago, 06kfx440 said:

I have teen agers and shovels. Hasn't let me down yet. Lol
But on a serious note, I use synthetic rope as well. Just for the spring back if it breaks with steel cable. Had that happen to my hand on a tow truck. Not pretty. Still going strong for 5 years.

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Lol , yes i have an 18 yr old but no way hes going to shovel ove a mile into the woods lol , he does clean the decks though lol , im thinking the synthetic is a good bet , if just for the safty 

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Wow you guys got me thinking !!!! Going to have to look at that for the next winch. See how it reads and go from there. But it sounds interesting.  

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What I did was take the 1/4 cable and replaced it with a high tinsel rope. I didn't find it at harbor freight but I used a climbers robe because even if a pulley bearing seizes it will still go up and down and be okay. If I remember. I went to atomicclimbingholds.com

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I prefer synthetic cable, it's very strong and easy to work with.

 

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I agree. I can pull big wires thru conduit with synthetic rope. The only downfall that I've seen is when you coil it up, It takes form of the wind. When you uncoil and in the relaxed position it winds back to that form.

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That's why I use climbers rope. It won't bind up

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