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Default Winch cable length?

I have been given an old, heavy duty Tirfor on permanent loan, I believe a TU-28. Its cable is similarly old, and has a very small eye on the end, too small to fit a 3.25T shackle, even too small to get my new soft shackle through....
So I am going to replace the cable.

I can't work out why I'd ever need 20m of cable, given it's weight, and the fact I would not have the energy to actually crank the vehicle over that distance!

I thought I'd get 10m of cable, with a nice big eye on the end, and buy another winch extension strap for safety, in case the trees are sparse.....

Can anyone offer reasons why I shouldn't do this?? I can't think of any.....

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20m is not really very far ...
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In a trial run I winched the Forester up my driveway on the weekend, probably less than a vehicle length - I'd hate to try and pull it along the whole 20m!
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In a trial run I winched the Forester up my driveway on the weekend, probably less than a vehicle length - I'd hate to try and pull it along the whole 20m!
Not that simple! Agree you may only need to winch the vehicle a couple of metres but.....
You will be winching off a tree or another vehicle, also add a snatch block and you only have 10 metres of cable. You may also need a winch extension strap.
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Not that simple! Agree you may only need to winch the vehicle a couple of metres but.....
You will be winching off a tree or another vehicle, also add a snatch block and you only have 10 metres of cable. You may also need a winch extension strap.
I have one winch ext strap, was going to grab another - this would give up to 40m reach on top of the winch cable.....

For a snatch block I would then also need some synthetic winch rope, wouldn't I??
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No, block and cable is fine.
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rather than having a huge, heavy length of cable, why not have a short run (say 5m) of cable for the tifor, and a long length of 8mm spectra/dyneema (which weighs relatively nothing) to make up any distance you need.

After a few meters of grunting, you're going to want a rest anyway and can re-set the lengths.
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rather than having a huge, heavy length of cable, why not have a short run (say 5m) of cable for the tifor, and a long length of 8mm spectra/dyneema (which weighs relatively nothing) to make up any distance you need.

After a few meters of grunting, you're going to want a rest anyway and can re-set the lengths.
This is what I was thinking - I hadn't thought of using dyneema though, that would work well with a snatch block too.... cheers....
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How about synthetic rope?
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The winch itself absolutely needs a specific steel cable to 'creep' along, I was under the impression this fairly stiff cable would be damaged if it was pulled around a pulley - so a synthetic rope, attached to the cable would be needed if you want to use a snatch block for decreased cranking effort....
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