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Old 10-10-2013, 10:20 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Jeffreybomb View Post
So given the responses I've read, is putting a blanket on a synthetic line pointless?
I stopped doing that after switching to synthetic.

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:58 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Digger84 View Post
It is safer but not a weight thing it is a stored energy thing

The synthetic does not stretch the wire acts as a spring storing energy that is released when it breaks that stored energy is what turns the snapped wire rope deadly
This is correct. I know of a case where a nylon strap was being used by one commercial vehicle to pull out another one and the hook on the frame of the vehicle being pulled out broke off. This hook was identical to the ones on a stock TJ bumper but much larger. The bolts pulled through the frame and the stretched nylon strap propelled the hook right through the ribcage of a worker standing 100 feet away. Obviously he is no longer with us.

I don't care if you use steel or synthetic, you need to put something over the line to dampen that energy in the event that "something" goes wrong, which is not necessarily just a breaking line.

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Old 10-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #33
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Nylon strap in your illustration stretches out and acts like a slingshot. The synthetic winch lines are formulated to not do that. Watch how they fail in the video previous above. I don't blanket my synthetic line when winching, but certainly encourage everyone to do what they feel most comfortable with.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by kfdjason7620 View Post
Only downfall to synthetic is that the sun's uv rays will dry out the synthetic. It's best to keep it covered
I usually have my winch covered and when I don't, the rope (and everything else on/in my jeep) is treated with 303.

Another positive to a synthetic rope is less weight on the front and easier (lighter) for my wife to use if necessary...
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:01 AM   #35
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Great thread just made my mind up that I will be getting synthetic line
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:06 PM   #36
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Great thread just made my mind up that I will be getting synthetic line
It is except for a couple of minor corrections. If you look up the type of winch we use, they are generally categorized as "self recovery" and that is the safest way to protect the line. As was pointed out, dragging someone else requires a higher level of attention than dragging yourself if you want to protect your line investment and everything that is connected to it.

As far as the stored energy, both steel and synthetic lines stretch and store energy. The difference is the weight of the line when that energy is suddenly released makes a huge difference in the ability to inflict damage or harm.

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