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.

Dual Winch Gear Hand Crank Manual Trailer 33ft Cable ATV RV Boat Heavy Duty
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3300LBS Dual Winch Gear Hand Crank Manual Trailer 33ft Cable ATV RV Boat
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1x Hand Winch Crank Gear w/ Cable 1500 KG 10 Meter Fit Heavy Duty ATV Trailer
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SOLENOIDS & BOX with cables for a WARN M12000 WINCH
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45933
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45931
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Winch Rope Synthetic Dyneema 10mm x 30m Car Tow Recovery Offroad 4WD Cable-45938
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10mm 3/8" inch x 100' 30M gray Synthetic Dyneema Winch Rope Cable recovery 4WD
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Blue Dyneema Winch Rope,Synthetic Cable 9mm x 30m 4WD Recovery Offroad-45958
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Reese Towpower Portable Electric Remote Volt Ball Winch Boat Truck Trailer Cable
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Smittybilt Winch Cable 97281-41
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WARN Winch Cable
WARN Winch Cable $100.00
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ATV UTV Winch 3500LBS Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Wireless 12V DC
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Electric Winch 3000LBS/1360kg Steel Cable Wireless ATV 4WD REMOTES 12V
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7/16" x 50' Winch Cable Rope Wrecker Tow Truck Rollback - Steel Core
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ECCPP 3000LBS Electric Winch Towing Truck Trailer 12M Steel Cable Off Road 12V
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Fit 89-19 Jeep 3000lbs 12V Electric Recovery Winch Steel Cable Remote Control
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3500LB ATV Winch UTV 12V Electric Remote Waterproof Boat Steel Cable Kit offroad
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3500 lb ATV Cable Winch Electric 12 V Volt Recovery Boat Trailer Truck Plow
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Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Cable 1510231
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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.