plasma rope

Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 11:52
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im looking at replacing the wire rope on my winch (warn xd9000)
where is the best place to buy it in perth
and what price is it?
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Reply By: Kev. - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:51

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:51
Just remember the heat problems with the low mount/plasma rope !
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Reply By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:54

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 13:54
The price will scare you, compared to Wire Rope, and if your not doing competition its not worth it.

It suffers from UV if left on the spool and not used regularly.
Suffers from being dragged across rocks and stumps.

You can re-splice it if it snaps..
It looks kewl.

ARB Sth prices are plasma
8mm is ~$14.50mtr
11mm is ~$16mtr
(these are off top of his head his computer crashed!)
Wire $10.80mtr
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Reply By: TonyY - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:02

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:02
A replacement wire rope usually costs about $90. Plasma is about 3x as much.
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Reply By: Mark from Getaway Portable Refrigerator Hire - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:38

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 14:38
theratt, You may like to grab a copy of last months 4WD Monthly as they did a comparison on the pro's and con's of wire Vs plasma rope.
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Reply By: Wazza - Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 16:00

Friday, Mar 21, 2003 at 16:00
Theratt,

I posted this a while ago on another group...

While using 32 tonne SWL 16mm Specta rope (a step above plasma) at work on our ship we had the rope let go on us. We were only lifting a 400 kg navigation buoy at the time. Almost hit the guy below it as it fell from about 4 meters height. The reason? Someone (read, unqualified in
splicing), had not spliced the rope properly at the lifting end and it
parted. It had been fed back through itself twice and then the short side
was inside the long side by about 30cm.

The minimum we use is to feed the rope back through itself at least three
times and then spliced the short side through the core of the long side
least half a meter. This might seem overkill and is an example of 16mm rope, but most of the strength comes throught the first two times the rope is fed through itself and is what the manufacturer of that rope specifies. I can't find any web sites at the moment that have spec sheets on minimum splicing requirements, but just beware that unless your splice is up to scratch, you might not get over a few hundred kilograms before it lets go.

Moral of the story: Plasma rope will come with splicing instructions from the manufacturer. If not, ask the supplier for them. Don't forget to follow these for everyones safety. Keep a set of instructions in the glove box for any splicing you might need to do in the bush.

Other than that, it sure is fantastic stuff to work with when compared to the old wire rope we used to use on the ship. Nice and light and no more wire strand cuts.

Cheers,
Wazza
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