Winch Cables

Selecting Winch Rope: The Upside and Downside of Steel Winch Cable
First, wire rope or cable is cheap and it is less subject to abrasion than is its newer synthetic cousin. It's also heat resistant. The heat generated by the braking system in planetary gear driven winches can pose a problem for synthetic winch rope.



3 in 1 Galvanized Winch Cable 10mm x 28m w 3/4" D-Ring & 3/8" Clevis Slip Hook
3 in 1 Galvanized Winch Cable 10mm x 28m w 3/4 $76.74

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4 x 4 Galvanized Winch Cable,10mm x 28m,Up to 12000Lb Rope Wire Replacement45957
4 x 4 Galvanized Winch Cable,10mm x 28m,Up to 12000Lb Rope Wire Replacement45957 $69.06

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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 $76.74

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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 $76.74

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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 $76.74

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1200LBS/544KGS 2-Ways Steel Cable Hand Winch Manual Car Boat Trailer Camper
1200LBS/544KGS 2-Ways Steel Cable Hand Winch Manual Car Boat Trailer Camper $30.70

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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8" X 125' 4X4 OFF ROAD WARN RAMSEY ARB BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8 $90.00

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WINCH CABLE EXTENSION GALVANIZED 7/16" X 50' 4X4 OFF ROAD WARN RAMSEY ARB NEW
WINCH CABLE EXTENSION GALVANIZED 7/16 $95.00

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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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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 5/16" X 150' 4X4 OFF ROAD WARN RAMSEY ARB BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 5/16 $85.00

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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8" X 100' 4X4 OFF ROAD WARN RAMSEY ARB BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8 $80.00

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Wireless 4000LBS/1814kg 12V Boat ATV 4WD Electric WINCH Steel Cable W/ REMOTE US
Wireless 4000LBS/1814kg 12V Boat ATV 4WD Electric WINCH Steel Cable W/ REMOTE US $99.99

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12V 4000LBS Electric Winch Steel Cable Boat Winch 4WD ATV 4X4 With Remote US
12V 4000LBS Electric Winch Steel Cable Boat Winch 4WD ATV 4X4 With Remote US $99.99

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Electric 12V 4000LBS/1814kg Boat ATV 4WD Winch Steel Cable With Remote Switch US
Electric 12V 4000LBS/1814kg Boat ATV 4WD Winch Steel Cable With Remote Switch US $99.99

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12V 4000LBS Portable Electric Winch Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable Off Road
12V 4000LBS Portable Electric Winch Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable Off Road $99.99

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Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Cable 1510231
Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Cable 1510231 $99.99

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12V 4000LBS Portable Electric Winch Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable Off Road US
12V 4000LBS Portable Electric Winch Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable Off Road US $99.99

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10mm 3/8" x 95' (28.5M) Synthetic Dyneema blue Winch Rope Cable Hawse Fairlead
10mm 3/8 $99.80

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BA Products 4-38sc75S steel Core winch cable 3/8 x 75 swivel hook Tow Truck
BA Products 4-38sc75S steel Core winch cable 3/8 x 75  swivel hook Tow Truck  $99.75

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X-BULL 1200LBS Cable Hand Winch/Manual Steel Rope Winch/Boat Trailer Car Mount
X-BULL 1200LBS Cable Hand Winch/Manual Steel Rope Winch/Boat Trailer Car Mount $99.00

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On the downside, wire rope is heavy and the individual wire strands frequently fray leading to potentially serious injury to the hands of the winch operator, even with gloves on. In addition, wire winch cable can be difficult to respool, kinking up along the way. It also gets very cold to the touch during winter operation and it can rust and stretch out with repeated use. But most significantly, wire rope actually stores energy and if it snaps during winching the recoil can produce devastating results.

If you are a newcomer to the off road world you may have wondered why you've seen what appears to be car floor mats draped over wire cable in some of the pictures and videos of winches in operation. That's why they are there: to minimize the recoil snapping effect of a cable that breaks under stress.