Continuing saga with a cheap Chinese Winch

Submitted: Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 17:11
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Got another chance to play on the weekend. One of the mates got hung up in a deeply rutted section of track. The problem was that where he was stuck was behind a big jump up. I got him over that and when he came free he rolled about a mt & half forward which allowed the winch cable to go slack & my finger was not quick enough to come off the button so a small amount of slack went over the side of the drum and was caught under the next wrap. One big kink in the cable.
Question. 1 The cable will now be stuffed ?
Question 2 As I think the answer to 1 will be Yes, is it worth going to rope instead of cable as a replacement.

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Reply By: Member JD- Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 17:34

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 17:34
Hi Vince,
Better the cable than your finger!..a kink in the cable will weaken it..but to what extent I'm not sure..if your financialy able go rope it's the go now less weight, as far as I know no recoil dramas eg: the hook and cable coming back at you at a million miles an hour..and if your unlucky knocking your block personally will be going rope as soon as I can run it thru my budget ;).Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 18:13

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 18:13
I had a problem with my cable and decided to replace with plasma type rope and I reckon it is a great option. The rope does need to be looked after though and kept clean if possible. I m told that running the wire rope through a snatch bloch under slight load can help remove kinks but haven't tried it myself. How far down the cable is it damaged, if it's near the end just cut it off and make do with a shorter cable.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 19:55

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 19:55
I wouldn't worry about a kink in the cable mate.

I have kinked a few cables and have never had one snap on me. Next timne you have to use the winch you can stretch the kink out. :o)
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:14

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:14
A cheap Chinese wench sounds more useful....
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:44

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 20:44
Hit your mate up for half of the cost of some rope? It was his recovery that cost you your gear! :-D
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 23:02

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 23:02
Used wire cable can not be reswaged by a proffesional wire guy. It is illegal. Buy new cable from someone like Sydney Lifting Centre in Brookvale. Just think how stupid you would feel if the tristed cable let go at a bad time. A new one is not that expensive.
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Reply By: Salad Sandwich - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 07:13

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 07:13
A new cable, fully fitted is about $70 from L&B wire ropes in Syd. Cheap insurance if you ask me.
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