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Old 08-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Road salt and your winch

I am in Wisconsin and they use salt in both rock form as well as the new liquid slurry they spray on the roads prior to a storm. My questions are simple, how does your winch and cable hold up the salt spray/bath it gets? What are the best winches and cable/rope combos to consider? I am assuming synthetic rope is better than cable. Sure I am in the market but I don't want to buy a winch every 2 years. Do you put a jacket on your winches or are they adequately sealed. Any failure stories out there?

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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subsribed, great question for a socal winch owner doing a year trip up to actual seasons

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Old 08-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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Not much interest or opinion here. I guess no one is thinking of the white stuff yet. With the advent of Labor day it is just around the corner for me.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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I just saw the question. I don't have a cover for my winch, and my cable is covered with surface rust. I don't think it's damaged the integrity of the cable yet, but I will be making the switch to synthetic soon.

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Old 08-30-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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How many winters has your winch been thru? Is there any benefit to a full sunk winch as opposed to open mounted?
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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1 winter, not even that severe.

I don't think there would be an advantage really. Keeping the salt off of it, or getting something that won't/can't corrode is the key.

It only seems to be the cable that's affected, not the winch.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:46 PM   #7
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Being from Minnesota I worry about this too, but the metal cable on my superwinch has been through 5 winters and is still going strong. I clean it spring and fall with a special cleaner/protectant and then carfully wind it back up so there's no slack for water to get into.
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What brand winch, and do you know if the cable is galvanized, or stainless?
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I lived ti Michigan for 20+ years before moving to Texas. Salt eats up everything. From what I remember reading, if you let the salt get into your synthetic line, the dry crystals can cut the line up. I would either keep your winch covered or clean it often.
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My zeon is unchanged and unscathed from last winter, being caked in salt slurry most of winter. Looks perfect still. Having said that, it's only been 1 year.
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For the owners who's winch is their for decoration or just in case reasons? Occasionally, cable should be released,and rewinch under a load so as the motor isn't seized when you need it.Now that would,SUCK.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:17 AM   #12
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My Warn winch has a hard plastic Warn cover on it and it is pristine underneath after 14 winters with salt slurried roads. There's some debate on whether folks like or dislike covers. As for me, I like it.

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