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Synthetic 1 12.50%
Steel 7 87.50%
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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Synthetic or Steel?

I pulled into the my favorite shop last week... lots of trucks with winches... Only one other had "old school" steel cable. I know synthetic is the way to go, but it got me wondering... how old school have I become - without really noticing.

What's on your winch right now?

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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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Steel but I'd be interested to see how this poll turns out. I'd like to ditch my steel cable to make the whole unit easier to work with.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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3 with steel.
No plans to change any of them. I'm old but no old school on everything. I'm sure not going to replace anything that isn't worn out. If and when the time comes I'll weigh the cost vs weight factor.
Less than 1/4 of the people I off road with have Synthetic rope. If the cost were the same, I would be more inclined to go synthetic.

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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:55 PM   #4
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Steel. I don't have weight concerns, synthetic is too fragile and my cable is in fine shape. New means new; it does not mean better.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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Sun's UV and road salt/CC will eat the syn. rope PDQ.
I'm will keep the steel in my 36+ yo Warn winch.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 05:21 PM   #6
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Steel. Synthetic is for yuppies. The only advantage is the weight savings. Otherwise steel wins hands down
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Unread 07-11-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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One big difference is the safety factor, if a steel cable breaks it can cause some serious damage if it hits somebody, a lightweight rope will cause less damage.
With that being said I still run steelcable because:
1.-It's still good and not replacing it until it goes bad.
2.-I have seen more rope break than steelcable.
3.-Weight is not a factor to me.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by bajaviking View Post
One big difference is the safety factor, if a steel cable breaks it can cause some serious damage if it hits somebody, a lightweight rope will cause less damage.
With that being said I still run steelcable because:
1.-It's still good and not replacing it until it goes bad.
2.-I have seen more rope break than steelcable.
3.-Weight is not a factor to me.
That's true, but it's controllable with some simple precautions. Before ANYONE uses a winch, they should be knowledgeable about using them. You can get into a LOT of trouble with them quickly if you don't know what you're doing regardless of what kind of cable you're using.
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