View Full Version : Are New Steel Winch Cables Worth Anything?

09-24-2010, 12:02 PM
I am considering getting a winch in the near future. Would probably lean towards the superwinch ep9. I think ideally I would like to go synthetic (http://www.winchline.com/winchline.htm) rope for less weight and a bit safer.

Should I buy the rope at the same time and sell the cable before it even hits the winch? Or spool up the wire rope and sell it down the road for less (or no) money as it gets exposed to a colorado winter?

I mostly use the cruiser for desert type "mini expedition" trips and biking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. No crazy wheeling. If new cables are worth 50 bucks or something it may not be worth messing with :confused:

09-24-2010, 12:16 PM
Seems to me that if you intend to sell the cable then best bet is to do it right away, brand new, never used.

09-24-2010, 01:00 PM
Unused winch cable seems to sell in the $35-75 range - to goobers like me who were rehabbing PTO winches and wanted a nice pretty cable on it. I'd sell it unmounted/uninstalled. I don't need one at the moment, but on CL or here, I'd think it would sell pretty easily. What you will get for it will barely offset the cost of the synth. cable. I'd just run the steel until it's mangled or unfriendly, if you're an infrequent user.

09-24-2010, 03:16 PM
Synthetic rope is :cool: but expensive :eek:

I tend to agree that if you don't plan to be a frequent user of the winch, I'd stick with the wire rope unless you really just want to reduce the weight you are carrying around. I didn't follow my own advice of course and went synthetics so :hill:

As for the old/new cable - I'm holding on to my 7/16" stuff that came on my M15K in hopes that we can use it at one of our adopted trails. It was never used but did ride around on the winch for a couple years.

09-24-2010, 04:28 PM
I sold the steel cable off my old truck's winch (Warn) on Craigslist for $50. It was brand new pulled right off the spool.

09-25-2010, 07:10 AM
I gave mine away...

Big John
09-26-2010, 08:54 AM
Not sure if it's still going on, but Scotty at Addicted Offroad was getting a good deal on winches already setup with synthetic rope. Not sure what brand, but he put one on his rig. Check with him before you buy and you might save some $$$

His # 970-420-4198

09-26-2010, 10:33 AM
Cool thanks for the feedback everyone. If it all comes down to the range of free to $50 for a steel cable, then I'd probably just run it for a winter or two until I can get some other maintenance done and save up the money :)

09-26-2010, 12:24 PM
i made my synthetic rope for about $50-70 less than a premade. i bought amsteel in bulk from a marine shop, from there, it's a piece of cake. btw, don't bother purchasing the fids..you don't need them. i went to synthetic right away since it was a present from my bro and sis in law. i sold my old cable for $70, so that almost paid for half of the synthetic. weight is a huge difference!! the cable is flat out heavy (i'd guess around 40lbs) and my sythetic is about five pounds. safety factor is also nice.

09-26-2010, 02:47 PM
Besides weight and safety, the main thing I love about my synth is how much easier it is to handle. I had 3/8" GAC on my 8274, so it was even stiffer than some of the thinner ropes. Between kinks, frayed strands waiting to puncture my gloves and simply manhandling it when using or spooling back in it was a PITA. Going to 3/8" syth was just frigging awesome in terms of handing it. OTOH, I got my use out of the GAC first and didn't make the switch until the GAC was worn and in need of replacement anyway.