Getting ready to buy my winch. Just wondering what everyone's opinion is on the subject of synthetic rope or cable on a winch.
There are different quality levels of winches available- not every one is equal. And, not every winch is up to certain tasks- get an ATV mired bad in mud, and a 1000 or 1500 pound winch might not do the job. A good, suitable winch will work, with either cable.
So something like this? https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/45503i got aircraft steel cable for a different purpose. its smaller in diameter than regular steel cable, yet holds more weight. it does have the cons though. if it snaps, it could come back at you, an stick ya.
when i got mine, it was made in USA. steel cable now, who knows. what i got back then, mine had no plastic sheath, i could get it in that way, but didnt. yet, after 8 yrs, in the elements, still shows no rust. it, is, inside a barn, that barn leaks everywhere. from the bottom floor, and more from the roof. the moisture doesnt seem to bother the cable, though its exposed to moisture,[not my barn, else, the water problem would be fixed], the aircraft steel cable, was not that much more, in price, than regular steel cable, at the time. i believe what i got at the time was stainless 1/8, 7x19, rated at 1,500lbs break strength. i may be wrong, wouldnt be the first time.