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Offline Scotty Dive

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Winch Cable or Rope?
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:12:28 PM »
I have a SmittyBilt XRC 8 that I use occasionally for winching a dead vehicle onto a trailer and use it primarily in the woods moving fallen trees and logs and the occasional boulder.  I strap the winch to a tree and winch logs up to it.  The damn thing is pretty friggin heavy with the steel cable on it and carting it through the woods is always a challenge.  So I was considering replacing it with rope.  But I have have two primary questions that I thought you guys would know the answers to.  1. Will I wear through the rope quickly since there are so many rocks in the woods and unforeseen hazards when dragging a 20 foot log?  And, if Rope is a solution for my application - I see prices of 3/8", 100 footers from $100 to over $300 - are the $300 versions worth it (and if they are I will probably just keep the steel cable :(.....)
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 03:33:43 PM »
Personally for that application I’d stay away from synthetic. It can’t take the beating that wire rope can.
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 11:37:14 AM »
Makes sense...However I was hoping synthetic rope would be a viable solution!
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 11:59:26 AM »
Wire isn't that heavy.  You will loose only a few lbs.  The weight isn't in the wire.  For the price of Synthetic, try looking into a 2-3K winch.

If you want to switch, Tractor Supply has  80ft of Synthetic and fairleads cheap. 
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 09:33:59 PM »
Mount the winch to a vehicle.
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 06:51:09 AM »
How bout using a smaller diameter wire cable ? Thats less weight, Maybe shorter if you dont need a 100 feet. Most winches want a wrap on the drum and whats out for reach.   Tractor supply has a two wheel dolly with a long handle to move boats or other trailers around. Modify that to pull the winch in the woods.   FjR68 

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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 12:29:24 PM »
All great ideas...thanks!!!!
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Re: Winch Cable or Rope?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 02:35:19 PM »
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