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Winch cable

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by TPC Services, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    first season using a ATV for commercial sdwks. and the friggin end keeps snaping . on the stock winch line. I have been hearing people talking about running a Synthetic rope instead. what would be my best???
     
  2. WayneSnow

    WayneSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    i am using Blue Steel synthetic rope cable. Supposed to be stronger than regular steel and will not rust like steel. If you consider buying, I recommend getting a new fairlead so it doesn't mess up the synthetic
     
  3. Mnflyboy

    Mnflyboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I'm using a 2" wide winch strap, cost like $13. Came 25' long so I cut it in half, wound 10' on winch and looks like it's working pretty good so far.

    Jaye(Mn)
     
  4. skamaniac

    skamaniac Member
    Messages: 38

    3/16" Amsteel Blue synthetic will break the same as your winch cable if you keep running it all the way into the fairlead. I broke mine alot until i got my timing down on lifting the plow. Also it's easier to tie a know and get back plowing than it is to use cable clamps. I think i like the idea of using a winch strap though. I think it could take more stress if you do run it up too far.
     
  5. skamaniac

    skamaniac Member
    Messages: 38


    How much strap will fit on your winch spool? Did 10' fill it up?
     
  6. Mnflyboy

    Mnflyboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Ya, it looks pretty full on my Rt30. With my Rm3 strap setup the hook doesnt come within 6" of the rollers before hitting the vertical stop. Of course I took that cheesy lift bar off right away cuz it didnt make sense for me to have it on. Attached a couple pics of my rig. Notice in one of the closeup pics how I made a new blade pivot release lever. With the stock one the strap is right next to the lever and makes it difficult to grab and release the blade to pivot. Now it's a piece of cake.

    Jaye(Mn)

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  7. skamaniac

    skamaniac Member
    Messages: 38

    I've got an X\RT25. Same drum diameter as yours. I like the tennis ball idea too. Sweet!!
     
  8. bullseye

    bullseye Member
    Messages: 57

    Instead of a tennis ball, I use a dog dong (no jokes please LOL) . They are made out of indestructable rubber for dogs to chew on !!! They come in different sizes and colors and work really well for a winch cable stop.
     
  9. Roger's plowing

    Roger's plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm also using a blue steel cable on my warn 3000, but i loop it in the eye that i lift with and hook it at the blade .So i can't poll the eye of the cable in the rollers
     
  10. skywagon

    skywagon Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Hockey pucks work real fine also
     
  11. WayneSnow

    WayneSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    how do you cut it?
     
  12. Mnflyboy

    Mnflyboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    When using a strap, you have to use a stop you can "slit". Would be kindof hard to do that with a puck......and I have no idea what a "dog dong" is. But...would that be a german shepard dong or weiner dog dong? Just kidding, of course. My kid plays tennis in school so I had a couple laying around. Plowed 3" of new snow after work today....I'm liking this baby more every day!!!!!

    Jaye(Mn)
     
  13. bullseye

    bullseye Member
    Messages: 57

    Mtnflyboy,
    Is the strap hooked to cable or just wound on the winch ?? I like this idea alot. Never seen anyone use a flat strap before. How long is the strap ??? AND hey no jokes about my "dog dong" !!! LOL LOL
    By the way this is what I am talking about ........

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  14. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    thanks guys I appreciate all the good adviseon what you all are using no I just got to get the time to go get it and put it on. 17" storm has us still hooping around trying to get things moved around before the next storm comes. THANKS!!
     
  15. skywagon

    skywagon Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    :D
    :D

    I have used synthetic rope for 6 years without any breaks at all, I just drill a hole in the pucks and feed the rope thru. The synthetic rope wotks great IF your fairlead is nylon, if not change to nylon, steel on the rope has a tendency to fray it real easy,
    :drinkup:
     
  16. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Synthetic rope is the best IMO.
     
  17. Reb

    Reb Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 136

    I use the synthetic rope but a little different than others. Never broke a rope since I started doing this.

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  18. Mnflyboy

    Mnflyboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Bullseye,
    The strap was a 25 footer with a loop on one end and a hook on the other, the type used on hand winches for boat trailers. I just cut the strap in half and am using the "loop" end. To install I just duct taped the end to the drum and wound r up.....tight. I suppose on a ATV with a shorter stroke you could get by with less strapage but this was a new install and it seems to be working very good so far. From what I'm told by the guys at work, my new quick disconnect hook I installed may be my weak point, tho.

    Jaye(Mn)
     
  19. skamaniac

    skamaniac Member
    Messages: 38

    I use a carabiner also. As long as you don't jam into your fairlead you're good to go.