Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thompson Falls, Montana
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Yeah, I can see that a chewed up drum might be hard on new synthetic line, but I'll be sandblasting/sanding/polishing it up then either painting/powdercoating or maybe cadmium plating it.
Heat is an issue with every winch. I'm not sure that winches with synthetic line are designed any differently than those with wire rope. In fact, you can often find the same winch available with either.
The trick with heat is to NOT power out. Powering out on most winches does so by running the motor to overpower the brake, which generates a great amount of heat due to the friction. Most of the time that brake is located inside of the drum and transfers that heat directly to the drum, and thus to the line. My cheapo winch has been used all afternoon on multiple occasions pulling trees, often at full load/stall. I occasionally do power out, just because sometimes you cannot disengage when there is still tension on the line. The drum can get pretty hot but it's never been a real issue for me. I will note that my cheapo winch came with synthetic line, and the first 10 feet or so on the drum has a nylon jacket around it to protect it from drum burrs and maybe even the heat transfer a bit.
In my case, with the Warn 8274, the brake is external, so I'm not too worried about the heat on the synthetic line.
'76 CJ-7, '43 CJ-2a, '78 Bronco,'78 CJ-7, '75 CJ-5, '78 CJ-7, '80 CJ-7, '78 SJ, '79 SJ, '78 and a '76 FJ-40 , '90 XJ, '91 XJ, '86 CJ-7, '95 ZJ, '68 CJ-101 Commando, '00 TJ, '68 M-715, 2 '86 Military Blazers, '96 LR Discovery, '86 CJ-7, '91 YJ, '99 TJ, 07' JKU Rubi, 1988 YJ, 1973 Commando, 3 Diesel Excursions....
Now back to a 2013 JKU Rubicon with "stuff", planning 37's with minimal lift.
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