Synthetic Winch Rope

Selecting Winch Rope: Synthetic winch rope versus Wire
Time was when the only decision you had to make about the winch cable on your drum was the length and diameter of the cable. But times and technology have changed and the latest improvement in winching technology is the use of synthetic winch rope. This alternative to traditional winch cable entered the off road market in the 1990's and synthetic winch rope has been gaining in popularity ever since. Amsteel Blue is the most widely used synthetic rope available today and despite the name, it comes in red and yellow as well as blue. Let's look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic rope.

10mm x 30m Orange Synthetic Winch Rope w Aluminum Hawse Fairlead,ATV Winch Kit
10mm x 30m Orange Synthetic Winch Rope w Aluminum Hawse Fairlead,ATV Winch Kit $99.44
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10mm x 30m Yellow Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope with Aluminum Hawse Fairlead
10mm x 30m Yellow Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope with Aluminum Hawse Fairlead $99.44
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10mm x 30m Black Synthetic Winch Rope with Aluminum Hawse Fairlead,ATV Winch Kit
10mm x 30m Black Synthetic Winch Rope with Aluminum Hawse Fairlead,ATV Winch Kit $98.71
Time Remaining: 9d 17h 25m
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10mm x 30m Blue Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m Blue Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.71
Time Remaining: 12d 16h 2m
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3200LBS/1300Kg Hand Gear Winch 2-Ways Synthetic Strap Manual Car Boat Trailer
3200LBS/1300Kg Hand Gear Winch 2-Ways Synthetic Strap Manual Car Boat Trailer $43.87
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45931
Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45931 $73.12
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Blue Dyneema Winch Rope,Synthetic Cable 9mm x 30m 4WD Recovery Offroad-45958
Blue Dyneema Winch Rope,Synthetic Cable 9mm x 30m 4WD Recovery Offroad-45958 $73.12
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45938
Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45938 $73.12
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45933
Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45933 $73.12
Time Remaining: 27d 22h 24m
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ROADSAFE Synthetic 2 X 10mm Winch Rope recovery soft grip shackle grey saftey
ROADSAFE Synthetic 2 X 10mm Winch Rope recovery soft grip shackle grey saftey $98.72
Time Remaining: 22d 20h 4m
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10mm 3/8" inch x 100' 30M gray Synthetic Dyneema Winch Rope Cable recovery 4WD
10mm 3/8 $99.80
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Rugged Ridge 15102.31 1/4" x 50' Synthetic Blue Winch Rope
Rugged Ridge 15102.31 1/4 $99.99
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ATV UTV Synthetic Winch Rope 1/4"x 50' Genuine Dyneema 15102.31 Rugged Ridge
ATV UTV Synthetic Winch Rope 1/4 $99.99
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3500LBS Electric Recovery Synthetic Winch Trailer Towing Truck Off-Road ATV 12V
3500LBS Electric Recovery Synthetic Winch Trailer Towing Truck Off-Road ATV 12V $99.99
Time Remaining: 6d 6h 50m
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3500 LBS ATV Winch 12V Electric Recovery Synthetic Trailer Towing Truck Off-Road
3500 LBS ATV Winch 12V Electric Recovery Synthetic Trailer Towing Truck Off-Road $99.99
Time Remaining: 6d 18h 44m
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Rugged Ridge 15102.31 Synthetic Winch Line 1/4 Inch X 50 feet
Rugged Ridge 15102.31 Synthetic Winch Line 1/4 Inch X 50 feet $99.99
Time Remaining: 9d 13h 11m
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Synthetic Winch Line, 1/4 Inch X 50 feet
Synthetic Winch Line, 1/4 Inch X 50 feet $99.99
Time Remaining: 9d 14h 47m
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SuperATV Heavy Duty 3500 Lb. Synthetic Rope ATV UTV Winch - With Wireless Remote
SuperATV Heavy Duty 3500 Lb. Synthetic Rope ATV UTV Winch - With Wireless Remote $99.99
Time Remaining: 9d 18h 5m
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Rugged Ridge 15102.31 Winch Rope Synthetic - 1/4" x 50 ft. Universal
Rugged Ridge 15102.31 Winch Rope Synthetic - 1/4 $99.99
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Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Line 1/4 Inch X 50 feet 15102.31
Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Line 1/4 Inch X 50 feet 15102.31 $99.99
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Selecting Winch Rope: The Upside and Downside of Synthetic Winch Rope
Most lower priced winches available today -- and even some of the higher priced ones -- use planetary gear drives and their braking systems will heat up synthetic winch rope a lot in certain applications. If your winch has a spur or worm gear drive you won't have to worry about this. If you have a planetary gear drive, carefully read and follow the manufacturers instructions regarding length of synthetic winch rope to spool out and cooling periods for certain winching applications.

The final downside of synthetic rope is that it can fray when stretched under tension over sharp edged objects like rocks. Some synthetic winch ropes on the market include a 10 foot nylon abrasion guard that can be moved along the rope and placed on top of rocks and other sharp objects.

The upsides of synthetic rope are many. First, it's actually stronger than wire winch cable. It's also lighter and easier to respool. It won't rust and it even floats! And most importantly, since synthetic rope doesn't store energy, if it does break during winching it doesn't recoil and snap around like steel winch cable. It simply falls to the ground. If you have a winch with wire cable, you might want to seriously consider replacing it with synthetic winch rope. Once you've used it, you'll be glad you did.