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/PK Steel Wire Winch Rope Cable 10mm x 28m w 3/4" D-Ring &3/8" Clevis Slip Hook
3/PK Steel Wire Winch Rope Cable 10mm x 28m w 3/4 $73.12
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Galvanised Steel Wire Winch Rope Cable,10mm x 28m,12000lb Rope Wire Replacemen
Galvanised Steel Wire Winch Rope Cable,10mm x 28m,12000lb Rope Wire Replacemen $73.12
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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
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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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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 $29.25
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7/16" x 50' Winch Cable Rope Wrecker Tow Truck Rollback - Steel Core
7/16 $99.99
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ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Winch 3500LB 1951KGS Wireless Remote Steel Cable
ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Winch 3500LB 1951KGS Wireless Remote Steel Cable $99.99
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High Power 3500LB ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Winch Remote Waterproof Steel Cable
High Power 3500LB ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Winch Remote Waterproof Steel Cable $99.99
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3500LBS Electric 12V Winch ATV Trailer Towing Truck UTV Steel Cable Off Road 4WD
3500LBS Electric 12V Winch ATV Trailer Towing Truck UTV Steel Cable Off Road 4WD $99.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 28m
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2000lb Electric Cable Winch ATV Boat 12V Mounting Plate Car 153:1 Puller UTV HD
2000lb Electric Cable Winch ATV Boat 12V Mounting Plate Car 153:1 Puller UTV HD $99.99
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3500LB ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Remote Waterproof Steel Cable off-road Kit
3500LB ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Remote Waterproof Steel Cable off-road Kit $99.99
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Bravex Portable 2000lbs 12V DC Electric Winch Truck SUV Steel Cable
Bravex Portable 2000lbs 12V DC Electric Winch Truck SUV Steel Cable $99.99
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2000LBS Electric Winch 12V Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable OffRoad Sale
2000LBS Electric Winch 12V Towing Truck Trailer Steel Cable OffRoad Sale $99.99
Time Remaining: 4d 8m
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High Power 12V 3500Lbs Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Trailer Towing Off-Road
High Power 12V 3500Lbs Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Trailer Towing Off-Road $99.99
Time Remaining: 6d 7h 22m
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ATV UTV Winch 3500LBS Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Wireless 12V DC
ATV UTV Winch 3500LBS Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Wireless 12V DC $99.99
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Electric Winch 3000LBS/1360kg Steel Cable Wireless ATV 4WD REMOTES 12V
Electric Winch 3000LBS/1360kg Steel Cable Wireless ATV 4WD REMOTES 12V $99.99
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3500LBS Electric Winch 12V Towing Truck SUV Trailer Steel Cable Off Road 4WD
3500LBS Electric Winch 12V Towing Truck SUV Trailer Steel Cable Off Road 4WD $99.99
Time Remaining: 7d 19h 23m
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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.