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Unread 07-15-2010, 02:58 AM   #1
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Winch cable dampner

Does any body have any good ideas they use for a winch cable dampner other than the ARB style blanket? I am looking for a good idea that somebody may have to make up something fairly easy and a little cheaper than the blanket. Thanks......

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Unread 07-15-2010, 04:38 AM   #2
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2 2# diver weights in a loop of nylon webing
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Does any body have any good ideas they use for a winch cable dampner other than the ARB style blanket? I am looking for a good idea that somebody may have to make up something fairly easy and a little cheaper than the blanket. Thanks......
A "moving blanket" (very thick heavy duty blanket moving companies use), a heavy canvas tarp, or even a heavy jacket like a Carhartt can work.
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I Just Hang My tow chain around mine with a couple wraps.
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Doesn't make too much difference what you use anyway as it won't make a difference when that cable let's go....
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The instance it lets go it will drop 9.8 m/s2. Granted it will still go which ever way it was going to go but since they are usually less than a couple feet from the ground, a good amount of the lashback will be affected. It will make some kind of difference.

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Doesn't make too much difference what you use anyway as it won't make a difference when that cable let's go....
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That may be true but where on the line do you place said weight?
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Doesn't make too much difference what you use anyway as it won't make a difference when that cable let's go....
Really? I guess my eyes must have deceived me in the past. I watched a cable snap on an ATV that flew like a bull whip. I've watched another cable with a sleeping bag on it hooked to a F250 break. It whipped less than the on on the ATV.
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Well unless you know where that line is going to break it won't change much, if it is before the break it will drop to the ground, if you place it after it will whip anyway. Now if you have 4 feet of the line payed out and you have a 4 foot sleeping bag covering the line well that might make a difference.
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Well unless you know where that line is going to break it won't change much, if it is before the break it will drop to the ground, if you place it after it will whip anyway. Now if you have 4 feet of the line payed out and you have a 4 foot sleeping bag covering the line well that might make a difference.
Since you don't know which way another vehicle may come at you as you go down the road, don't bother looking either way as you go through an intersection.
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^^^ yeah that's exactly what we are talking about. Throw a 2 pound blanket on the line and you might be lucky and if it makes you feel better. Having been to a rigging yard that broke wire rope the size of your forearm to grade where the breaking strength lay,I would rather take my time and check for kinks and frays and bleeding cores instead. Maintain the line, stay out of the kill zone and winch safely. If a jacket on the line is better than that for you go for it.
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You put it in the middle, if it breaks on either side the longer portion will be damped. If it breaks in the middle under the blanket both get damped.
Of course you also make sure that no one is standing between the vehicles.

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Well unless you know where that line is going to break it won't change much, if it is before the break it will drop to the ground, if you place it after it will whip anyway. Now if you have 4 feet of the line payed out and you have a 4 foot sleeping bag covering the line well that might make a difference.
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It's better than nothing.
To quote the (in)famous BillaVista (who probably got it elsewhere):
The minute you stop respecting this, it kills you
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And in that we are in perfect agreement! I just don't want anyone thinking that a blanket or weights or anything else is going to save your bacon if you are in the arc if/when that line lets go. I am all about wheeling safely! Respect the tools we use and have a good time!!
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