|03-25-2012 09:09 PM|
Think of the difference between what happens when you break a guitar string versus what happens when you break a piece of thicker thread ... the guitar string lets go with wayyy more force because it's heavier. It's the same idea with wire vs. synthetic.
Also, if the synthetic line does break, you can easily splice it back together while on the trail (just need a couple of pieces of tape and, ideally, something to measure with) - that's not happening with wire.
Then there's the handling ... while I think its a good idea to always where gloves when handling rope, you definitely want to with wire with the small burrs that develop over time. Sometimes they'll even poke through leather gloves ... that's not gonna happen with synthetic line.
So, to answer the OP's question ... yes, IMHO, it is well worth the money in safety, ease of use, and in ease of repair if something goes wrong with the line. You do have to watch abrasion on the rocks with the syn-line, though.
|03-25-2012 08:20 PM|
|03-24-2012 02:38 PM|
|03-24-2012 02:32 PM|
|Duffyc04||Really for me, the selling point (as mentioned by some else above) is the weight savings|
|03-24-2012 02:31 PM|
|Duffyc04||Thanks for all the advice....I know synthetic is safer...but couldn't I get the same safety by buying a winch cable damper for about $40?|
|03-24-2012 10:32 AM|
I have the Warn M8000 and they sell a winch cover (which I have) that will protect your "Syn-rope" from the elements
I do though, have the steel cable
|03-24-2012 08:36 AM|
|joe buell||me and my brother that has the same winch used it to pull a f250 flatbed powerstroke that was buried to the frame out and it did not even groan|
|03-24-2012 08:33 AM|
|joe buell||duffyc04 checkout arb bull bumpers they have a deal buy any arb bull bumper and get 8k xrc smittybilt pro comp w/ synn rope i believe for $99 i have smittybilt 8k xrc and its a great winch from what ive read and whats on smittybilts box I got is that the synn is 45% stronger than steel cable and 30lbs lighter according to MFR good luck joe|
|03-24-2012 12:43 AM|
|joe002||You can find 100' of synthetic cable for less than $300 - $400. Get the winch with the steel line, get synthetic line, sell the unused steel line to someone...|
|03-24-2012 12:25 AM|
|CaliRubicon||Just for safety if nothing else go for the synthetic. Just try to shield from the sun as uv will decrease its life. Haven't bought one in a while but when I got mine there was a decent difference in load rating for approx. same sized cable. I think the synthetic was about 30% higher on its rating. Ymmv. Also no need to worry about frayed cables and no gloves.|
|03-24-2012 12:15 AM|
|jsmithtx||I have been looking to. There are some pretty good deals on other winches with synthetic rope. Not Warn. You might look at other brands. Have you ever seen a wire cable snap, very scary and very dangerous.|
|03-24-2012 12:04 AM|
I just ordered the M8000 with the synthetic rope. Every pound saved on the already heavy jeep is worth it to me.
Also, it would be much safer if/when it breaks.
|03-23-2012 11:48 PM|
Is Synthetic Winch Rope Worth The Cost?
I'm looking at getting a Warn M8000 winch. Warn offers the M8000 with the 100' wire rope, and they now have a M8000-S with Spydura Synthetic Rope....Same winch, different rope.
The kicker is that the model with synthetic rope is approximately $400 more expensive....I've found the M8000-S on WarnFactoryOutlet.com for cheaper (about $870), but that's still about $300 more expensive...
I know synthetic rope is stronger and lighter, but is it really worth that kind of extra expense? The M8000-S is ~19 lbs lighter than the wire rope alternative, so you're looking at paying about $16 per pound you save!
Let me know what ya'll think...