Let’s start off by giving a little introduction of a winch, it is basically a tool that helps you pull cable for lifting heavy objects. The cable used inside these winches is known as a cable winch. While there are several winches available in the market, the cables used inside them are quite basic.
So there are two main types of cable winches, these include:
- Steel Cable
These have been around for the longest time ever. Since the introduction of winches, aircraft grade steel winches have been used. These are super strong however they are a bit heavy. The steel ropes are low maintenance and are an excellent choice when it comes to using the product in sand, rocks and mud. They don’t scrape and fray easily, so that is a plus point. However, these cables don’t wear off nice. As these continue to get old, they start rusting and developing piercing burrs. It is essential to wear gloves if you want to protect your hands. In order to keep the steel cable winch rust free, we would suggest oiling them slightly.
- Synthetic Cable
The other winch cable option is the synthetic rope, the steel cable alternative was launched in the 90s. These lines are lighter in weight and durable so carrying them is quite easy. These are made from high technology polyethylene and it is considered to be safer. You can work with these cables without gloves. The only drawback to these lines is that it can break however repairing them isn’t difficult.
These were the two main winch cables used in the industry. Both work perfectly fine in their own departments. So the choice is yours.