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Old December 19th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Plow winch cable breaking

Hi,

I usually like to work on the side of caution. I've read multiple different threads on winch cables breaking/fraying and the synthetic stuff constantly breaking. I got the Warn 3500 for my new Rzr and the Glacier 2 Plow setup. This came with the synthetic rope. I've never had a winch before... but this synthetic stuff just looks extremely weak, especially for the amount of use it will get from plowing.

So I did some searching online and found this Neiko #51005A 2" X 20' Tow Strap

It's 20ft long and is rated for 10,000 pounds, about 10$ on the site at the time. I cut this roughly in half, maybe a little shorter and threaded this onto the winch by just unspooling the synthetic stuff all of the way out and taping this onto it. Like snaking a wire. Here's some pics. I doubt this will be breaking. Also, The hooks have those snaps so it will stay connected to the plow if there's too much slack in the line. I then wrapped up the remaining synth line and tucked it in up under the hood storage. which you can kind of see in the pics (camera phone)
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Old December 19th, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

Party...I used a syn rope for lots of plowing for two winters, no problems except for once when I wasn't paying attention and hit the wrong button.....broke the rope. You just tie it back onto the plow if it breaks.

You'll have to make sure that your cord doesn't get all wound up by accident, or pulled out and tangled into the front tires.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

I think I would hook the strap to the end of the winch rope(take the hook off)...should be enough room on the drum for no more than you would need for raising and lowering a plow right?
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

Yes there looked like there'd be enough room to just connect to the end of the line. But winches make the most power with as few wraps around the drum as possible. I know it's not much, but anything to extend the life of my toys I try to do. Figure this way there will be less strain on the winch motor in the long run.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

Quote: Originally Posted by partyboy424 View Post
Yes there looked like there'd be enough room to just connect to the end of the line. But winches make the most power with as few wraps around the drum as possible. I know it's not much, but anything to extend the life of my toys I try to do. Figure this way there will be less strain on the winch motor in the long run.
True...but is raising and lowering a plow that much of a strain on the winch? I just wouldn't want a bird's nest of rope that is still hooked to the winch laying in my storage compartment.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

I think that is a great idea, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

BTW...I could see how my post might sound negative..wasn't meant to be. Thanks for sharing your idea.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

No problem Highoctane, it never hurts to take others advice. I just saw so many other threads about this problem even across a lot of the other atv boards that I figured someone might be looking for a quick write up for a cheap and relatively long term solution. I have the bundle of extra line tied up under the hood so I'm not worried about it coming undone and wrapping around anything. Also I'm constantly checking over all of my parts for loose bolts and cracks that I'll be checking it often enough in case something did manage to go wrong.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

I'm about to start running a plow and was worried about this. Thanks for the idea!
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

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BTW...I could see how my post might sound negative..wasn't meant to be. Thanks for sharing your idea.
Nah, doesn't sound negative at all. Just giving him an idea.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

Great idea...wish I'd thought of it.
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Re: Plow winch cable breaking

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Great idea...wish I'd thought of it.
Need to find a good way to manage the cable if you take the proposed route....Maybe zip-tie it up real tight and keep an eye on it. Last time I tried to do something similar in a particularly muddy area (to have rope at the ready for impending burial) the rope was a nightmare to manage and got all wrapped into the front drive. Something to consider anyway.
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