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Hawse Fairlead

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by jmbones, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    Has anyone tried using the hawse style fairlead with a synthetic plow rope or strap? I think this will also help with eliminating the wear on a strap if the strap rubs the side of the roller fairleads from not rewinding on center.

    Looking at Warn part #70759, it is made from synthetic material or part # 28930 which is cast iron.

    Warn hawse fairlead.jpg
     
  2. Ganz

    Ganz Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    My is aluminum and as far as I'm concerned it's the only way to go.
     
  3. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    What type of lift do you use? rope? a strap?
     
  4. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
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  5. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    Mmm.. no. That's what causes the problems to begin with, as stated in my first post.
     
  6. Ganz

    Ganz Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I have a ten foot piece of the synthetic rope I use for plowing. In the summer I swap it out for a 75' piece for pulling my buddies out of the mud. It's good stuff, bought the whole set up from Venom winch, I have the 3000lb one on my Grizz.
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I'm going to order a red aluminum one for my Grizzly. I broke the strap again! It's not breaking anywhere near where it's clamped together. I think the strap was just to thin and all the movement at the roller is wearing and deforms the material. I bought a 5000lb strap and cut it at 8ft and rolled it on. I'll see how well this one lasts. I use the crap out of it on each plowable snow we get. I do 20+ driveways and use it on all of them so the blade is up and down constantly.
     
  8. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    I'm wondering if the friction between the strap and the hawse fairlead is going to break down the strap. Maybe it is better to use a roller, at least then it's rolling instead of static force on the fairlead..
     
  9. Ganz

    Ganz Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    There is no wear on my synthetic rope with the hawse fairlead after 3 years of use fyi.
     
  10. Dave T

    Dave T Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 165

    I'm not sure what "synthetic" material Warn uses in that fairlead, but I have a UHMV fairlead that I got off a reliable dealer on EBAY that looks very similar to that WARN fairlead. They claim the UHMV has less even less friction than the aluminum Hawse fairlead. So far it has worked great. Although, I had an aluminum one on my previous quad, and the 1/4 AMSTEEL rope held up fine. I make sure that the rope sleeve is all the way down to the winch saver.
     
  11. ctplower1322

    ctplower1322 Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 12

    Two years ago I tried out the Aluminum hawse fairlead and synthetic rope and after plowing one driveway the rope had snapped and I had to tie it in a knot just to be able to drive the atv back home. I now use a very thin cable about 6ft long and I think 1/8" thick with this fairlead http://www.mooseutilities.com/products.jsp?level1=972&product_group_id=5686 because of the larger roller on the bottom it reduces wear on the cable and has been working great, the cable has not frayed at all and its going on its second season of plowing.
     
  12. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I got the aluminum fairlead yesterday. Had it installed in no time. :) I can only imagine that it will last for years to come. I normally don't do much trail riding with my Grizzly (even though I'd like to) so I don't really have a use for a 50ft cable. I figure if I get it stuck in snow plowing, I can just dig it out enough to get going again. It wouldn't take much to swap the strap for the cable and change the fairlead back over if I ever did need to have the long cable on it.

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  13. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

    What brand is that and where did you get it? Does it come with the mounting bolts? Are the mounting holes fitted for the bolts or just round? It looks like you wouldn't be able to get a socket in there to tighten them.
     
  14. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I got it on ebay for $20. No hardware comes with it. I used some bolts I had laying around. Turns out the hole was just big enough that the hex on the bolt cut 6 points in the aluminum. I had to draw them in with a nut on the back side so no need for a socket on the front. I then left the nuts on and slipped the bolts through the holes in the mount and tightened it up with lock nuts. It helps keep the strap away from the plastic cover with it sticking out a little bit.
     
  15. jmbones

    jmbones Senior Member
    from NE PA
    Messages: 236

  16. irv

    irv Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    good people to deal with. fellow and his wife up around madison wis.lots
    of winching stuff and syn rope. they do their own custom splicing.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011