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?
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.
I'm in Chicagoland.
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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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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.
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.
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.