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 $78.17

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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 $70.35

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3/8"x 95' Winch Rope Cable 20500LBs & Hook+ Car Racing Tow Hook+ Hawse Fairlead
3/8 $99.99

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10mm x 30m 23809Lbs Synthetic Winch Rope Cable Line Aluminum Hawse Fairlead ATV
10mm x 30m 23809Lbs Synthetic Winch Rope Cable Line Aluminum Hawse Fairlead ATV $96.79

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10mm x 30m Synthetic Winch Rope Cable Line Aluminum Hawse Fairlead ATV 23809Lbs
10mm x 30m Synthetic Winch Rope Cable Line Aluminum Hawse Fairlead ATV 23809Lbs $96.57

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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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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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Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Cable 1510231
Rugged Ridge Synthetic Winch Cable 1510231 $95.99

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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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Ramsey Replacement Winch Cable 251124
Ramsey Replacement Winch Cable 251124 $94.65

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12V 4000LBS Electric Winch Kit Steel Cable Boat Winch 4WD ATV 4X4 With Remote US
12V 4000LBS Electric Winch Kit Steel Cable Boat Winch 4WD ATV 4X4 With Remote US $79.99

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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 $94.99

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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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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 $87.99

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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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10mm 3/8" inch x 100' 30M gray Synthetic Dyneema Winch Rope Cable recovery 4WD
10mm 3/8 $99.80

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SB 2000lb 12V 0.7kw Electric Recovery Winch for ATV Boat Snow Mobile 2000lbs
SB 2000lb 12V 0.7kw Electric Recovery Winch for ATV Boat Snow Mobile 2000lbs $99.79

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Mile Marker 19-50010C - 5/16"x100' Steel Winch Cable with Hook
Mile Marker 19-50010C - 5/16 $99.13

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Wire Rope Steel Core Winch Cable IWRC 3/8x150 Self Locking Swivel Hook Towing Wr
Wire Rope Steel Core Winch Cable IWRC 3/8x150 Self Locking Swivel Hook Towing Wr $98.54

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1000LBS/450Kg 2-Speed Steel Cable Hand Gear Winch Manual Boat Car Boat Mount
1000LBS/450Kg 2-Speed Steel Cable Hand Gear Winch Manual Boat Car Boat Mount $33.61

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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.