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 $72.80

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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 $72.80

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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 $72.80

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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 $72.80

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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 $72.80

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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 $72.80

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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 5/16" X 150' OFF ROAD OVERLAND 4X4 WARN RAMSEY BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 5/16 $94.00

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30 ft. Quick-Disconnect Winch Wire Cable With Winch Mount
30 ft. Quick-Disconnect Winch Wire Cable With Winch Mount $100.00

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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8" X 125' OFF ROAD OVERLAND 4X4 WARN RAMSEY BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8 $95.00

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

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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 $29.12

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WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8" X 100' OFF ROAD OVERLAND 4X4 WARN RAMSEY BRAND NEW
WINCH CABLE GALVANIZED 3/8 $85.00

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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

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12V 3500Lbs Classic Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Trailer Towing Off-Road
12V 3500Lbs Classic Electric Winch Steel Cable Remote Trailer Towing Off-Road $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

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Ramsey Replacement Winch Cable 251124
Ramsey Replacement Winch Cable 251124 $99.99

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Offroad 3500LB Winch for ATV UTV Electric Waterproof Boat Steel Cable w/ Remote
Offroad 3500LB Winch for ATV UTV Electric Waterproof Boat Steel Cable w/ Remote $99.99

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3500LB Winch ATV UTV 12V Electric Remote Waterproof Boat Steel Cable Kit offroad
3500LB Winch ATV UTV 12V Electric Remote Waterproof Boat Steel Cable Kit offroad $99.99

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3500 lb ATV Cable Winch Electric 12 V Volt Recovery Boat Trailer Truck Plow
3500 lb ATV Cable Winch Electric 12 V Volt Recovery Boat Trailer Truck Plow $99.99

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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.