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Old 05-14-2015, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How often do you have to change your synthetic winch line?

Just out of curiosity, how much life do you get out of your synthetic winch line? One season, two or more? My most recent line lasted two seasons, then broke last weekend while doing a tough pull with a snatch block. Unfortunately about half way in the spool. I tied a knot in it to finish the trip, but now am facing buying a new one. Any recommendations as to which brand to get?
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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biggest thing I was told was if it gets wet to unspool the rope and get it to dry. on my 3rd season of 3/8" 125 feet of masterpull superline XD rope on my 9500HS warn, winch/rope is cover by my hood and grill so it kept fairly clean and out of the elements. so far no breaks but the end eyelet/thimble is getting fairly beat up.

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For what it's worth. My Amsteel is 2007 vintage and still going strong. One break/spline due to operator error. Other than that no issue with age.

Shame on me - I've done virtually nothing to maintain it either.
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Mine is also from 07 and it is still going strong
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Drying rigging rope is very important, so is cleaning it. The dirt acts as a abrasion agent inside the rope.

That being said, if it's not a rigging or life line then I just run till they are done. We ask more out of a rope then it should ever have to do realistically.
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I get 2 years and 9 days . Once it starts breaking every pull or under 20 feet I like to replace . Keeping it out of the sun light I think helps it last longer too.
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Got about 5 years on mine with 0 maintenance besides trying to keep it out of direct sunlight in the driveway.
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For what it's worth. My Amsteel is 2007 vintage and still going strong. One break/spline due to operator error. Other than that no issue with age.

Shame on me - I've done virtually nothing to maintain it either.
Same experience here with '07ish AmSteel blue rope. One break near the thimble a couple years ago, was re-threaded and still going strong.
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I'm gunna chime in with the decade crew. I think I got my AmSteel blue back in '04. It doesn't look great and it has broke a couple times but I shortened my winch drum so i don't need a 100' now anyways.
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Same here...mine's '07ish as well. Hasn't broken yet but it looks kinda gross. It lives on my trailer now but I do a lot of hauling dead things so it does get used a few times a month still.

Mine was from winchline.com, not sure what the actual product was back then.
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