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&Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m Orange Synthetic Winch Rope&Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.40
Time Remaining: 10d 6h 36m
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10mm x 30m Yellow Synthetic Winch Rope&Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m Yellow Synthetic Winch Rope&Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.40
Time Remaining: 10d 7h 48m
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10mm x 30m Red Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m Red Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.40
Time Remaining: 13d 2h 34m
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10mm x 30m GRN Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m GRN Synthetic Winch Rope & Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.40
Time Remaining: 13d 2h 34m
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10mm x 30m BLK Synthetic Winch Rope& Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook
10mm x 30m BLK Synthetic Winch Rope& Aluminum Hawse Fairlead & G70 Clevis Hook $98.40
Time Remaining: 13d 2h 34m
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3 Speed Hand Electric Winch Synthetic Rope ATV 4wd Boat
3 Speed Hand Electric Winch Synthetic Rope ATV 4wd Boat $79.41
Time Remaining: 36d 8h 5m
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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 $86.03
Time Remaining: 10d 7h 48m
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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 $86.03
Time Remaining: 10d 7h 48m
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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 $79.07
Time Remaining: 10d 3h 57m
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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 $42.17
Time Remaining: 21d 8h 56m
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ROADSAFE Synthetic 2 X 10mm Winch Rope recovery soft grip shackle g
ROADSAFE Synthetic 2 X 10mm Winch Rope recovery soft grip shackle g $94.89
Time Remaining: 38d 6h 36m
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1200LBS/544KGS Hand Winch 2-ways 15 Meter Synthetic Strap Manual Car Boat 4WD
1200LBS/544KGS Hand Winch 2-ways 15 Meter Synthetic Strap Manual Car Boat 4WD $37.25
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 48m
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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 $63.25
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 29m
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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 $63.25
Time Remaining: 8d 14h 50m
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Synthetic Winch Rope 22000 LBS 92' 1/2" Protective Sleeve
Synthetic Winch Rope 22000 LBS 92' 1/2 $97.00
Time Remaining: 12d 3h 43m
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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 $63.25
Time Remaining: 21d 8h 56m
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10mm 3/8" inch x 100' 30M gray Synthetic Dyneema Winch Rope Cable recovery 4WD
10mm 3/8 $99.80
Time Remaining: 30d 14h 39m
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(WRANGLER) Barricade 12,000 lb. Winch w/ Synthetic Rope
(WRANGLER) Barricade 12,000 lb. Winch w/ Synthetic Rope $60.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 16h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $246.49
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 $56.93
Time Remaining: 8d 14h 50m
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1/2" Synthetic Winch Rope - American Wire Rope & Sling
1/2 $100.00
Time Remaining: 4d 1h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
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.