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#1 OFFLINE   Sparg93

 
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:43 AM

I'm currently running VikingOffroad 3/8" synthetic line and their 3/8" extension.

It's an investment over steel, but with the weight I save on the front end, durability and pure safety factor of synthetic over steel, it was an easy decision for me.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 11:58 AM

i still use steel for now but ive had problems with kinking in the cable so i would like to switch over to synthetic. How much weight did you save on the front end switching to synthetic?
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:45 PM

I too run synthetic, and I would guess that synthetic weighs a quarter of what a spool of steel cable does. The weight savings, combined with easier handling and better safety in the event of a break, make the use of synthetic line a no-brainer. Great stuff.
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:58 PM

x2 on the synthetic much safer
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

Viking 7/16th line. Saved me near 30 lbs and is safer.
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

Steel cable has an advantage when winching over rock and abrasive materials. That is about it though. My wife and son help with my winching. The safety advantage if synthetic rope made the change a "no-brainer". It does not store energy. If it breaks it falls. I have seen and been on the receiving end of a 3/4" cable when it broke in a heavy equipment recovery. My jacket was on the line as part of the safety drapes. It still has the marks left from doing its job to gather that energy.
I like that synthetic can be field repaired.
Mine is a cradle mounted winch and the weight difference is noticeable. I appreciate the difference everytime the winch gets packed into the garage.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:28 AM

Viking 7/16th line. Saved me near 30 lbs and is safer.


Wow, the 7/16th is a nice heavy line...I run 3/8.

You are on the money with weight savings, it's about a 30lb (for 80ft) difference. For IFS trucks, that's 30lbs hanging over the front of your vehicle., which is a really nice savings. Also, unspooling/spooling synthetic line is much easier and less frustrating then steel.

Steel cable has an advantage when winching over rock and abrasive materials. That is about it though. My wife and son help with my winching. The safety advantage if synthetic rope made the change a "no-brainer". It does not store energy. If it breaks it falls. I have seen and been on the receiving end of a 3/4" cable when it broke in a heavy equipment recovery. My jacket was on the line as part of the safety drapes. It still has the marks left from doing its job to gather that energy.
I like that synthetic can be field repaired.
Mine is a cradle mounted winch and the weight difference is noticeable. I appreciate the difference everytime the winch gets packed into the garage.


+1...only real benefit to steel is what you can drag it over and through.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:30 PM

Do any of you use a line saver? I installed one on mine. I really like it.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:49 PM

Do any of you use a line saver? I installed one on mine. I really like it.


Mine came with a few feet already installed that i can slide in the desired location. However, I found a neat metal "craddle" a few days ago you can put on the line for a particularly harry spot...now I need to find it.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

Snap a pic of that cradle if you get a chance. Something like that might be handy.
My line saver sounds the same. I like that it covers the spool to protect the line from dirt and UV.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:23 PM

I have 10 feet spooled on the line and a 3 foot velcro Masterpull to use where needed.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

I've searched around for that cradle, but I can't remember what dealer had it...I've only seen it once.

When I find it again, I'll definitely post it up.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

I haven't gone to synthetic on mine, because I currently just have a single 10k Smittybilt on a receiver mount that I use everywhere. It does go on the front of the TB, but I made a double-receiver for the CTD, and the winch gets more use on there, pulling vehicles up onto the trailer. When doing so, it rubs on the trailer jack, as well as the back of the trailer. Because of this, I've stayed steel until I get a second winch.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

I haven't gone to synthetic on mine, because I currently just have a single 10k Smittybilt on a receiver mount that I use everywhere. It does go on the front of the TB, but I made a double-receiver for the CTD, and the winch gets more use on there, pulling vehicles up onto the trailer. When doing so, it rubs on the trailer jack, as well as the back of the trailer. Because of this, I've stayed steel until I get a second winch.

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For a trailer, I agree, steel is a nice option and it's so much cheaper then synthetic.

 

One day I'd like to get a second winch and hard mount it in the rear bumper.  Unfortunately it would be one very expensive mod b/c I'd need a new rear bumper (or mod existing extensively) and then of course the cost of the winch. 

 

I personally like hard mounted winches, but there are certainly advantages of the removable mounts.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 12:48 PM

I know this thread is old, but I too haev been debating this for days

 

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