Has anyone had any issues when it's cold with synthetic winch rope freezing up when getting wet and not being able to unspool? I have a friend that says he has had this issue and went back to wire rope.
I haven't run into that problem yet but it finally just started being winter here so only time will tell with my synthetic rope on the front of my machine. I hope that I don't run into that problem cause that would suck!
I have the synthetic rope on my warn winch and I have yet to have any problems. Although if I had a steel cable already on my winch that was in good shape I don't think I would get rid of it just to get the synthetic rope. Not trying to tell you how to spend your money but that's just my 2 cents.
Once the wire rope stats to fray it is signs that it needs to be replaced. The only difference with the synthetic rope is that you will not get stuck with the frayed wires. It still takes inspection to tell if it is usable or needs to be replaced.
Also if you use snatch blocks and slings to go around what you are winching then the synthetic rope or wire rope will last a lot longer.
I've gone with a larger roller on my lower roller to help eliminate the cable fraying. But then on my old 2000 Kodiak I plowed with it for over 12 years before the cable broke. I just wove another eye into it and carried on, now going on 8 years with no problems.
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