Steel vs. Synthetic Winch Rope
Axleboy sells and installs a number of WARN winches every year. Did you know that WARN offers a number of wire rope and synthetic rope options on their winches? Perhaps a better question would be, “Which rope is right for your rig?”
Here’s a quick look at some of the material qualities that you should be aware of when considering which rope will meet your winching needs:
Steel rope is:
- Extremely durable
- Abrasion resistant
- Good for utility applications where the line may contact objects like stumps, rocks, and other things that rub against the rope.
- Used for decades by enthusiasts and workers alike.
- Heavier than synthetic line
- Less flexible than synthetic line.
- Less expensive than synthetic.
Synthetic rope is:
- Easy to handle
- Floats on water
- More prone to damage by abrasion, and requires the use of the included abrasion sleeve when the rope comes into contact with an object
- Should be inspected before each use for abrasion wear or fraying.
- More expensive than steel rope