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rope basic questions answered !!

Hello                     

Many of you are thinking about purchasing a synthetic winch rope for your ATV winches.

 

As you may know not all winch ropes are not created equal I will try to answer some common questions.

 

1.) what is the difference between amsteel blue made by Sampson rope and the blue steel brand(made by whom ever)

 

Sampson rope makes 2 grades of amsteel ropes the standard amsteel and the amsteel blue™ each which comes in variety of colors. yes it sounds confusing to order an amsteel blue™ rope in red color. the main difference between the 2 amsteel ropes is their strength & price. the amsteel blue™ is about 15% stronger & more expensive than just the amsteel so one would definitely want to make sure they are buying amsteel blue™ rope for their application amsteel blue is size for size as strong as steel cable. (some advertisers will mislead you saying it is 7-12 times stronger than steel) this is true if you do a pound for pound comparison. but i don't know who would want to put a 1.5 diameter rope on their at winch.

 

Amsteel Blue™: Winch Line is made from Samson's® 12-Strand Amsteel Blue, a Twelve-Strand single Braid that is made from the world's strongest fiber, Dyneema® SK75 which is a product of the Netherlands'. Amsteel™ Blue Winch Line is coated with Polyurethane for color and UV protection. Amsteel™ Blue is commonly used in the marine industry, so Amsteel™ Blue does not mildew and it floats on water. Amsteel™ Blue is also used in recreational activities such as ATV and 4X4 winching applications.

 

with this being said the amsteel blue is a smooth to the touch and almost slick like a greased rope.

 

Blue steel: made from unknown fibers is a very coarse rope which one would prefer to use gloves with.

 

2.) what size rope to buy?

 

amsteel should be swapped for size to size . if you have 3/16 x50' rope then you should use 3/16 x 50' rope however some people do opt for a 1/4 rope but then you have to sacrifice 5' of length.

 

3.) Why use a short piece for plowing.

 

you should use a short piece for plowing to prevent the rope from getting bird nested in you spool. Also it will save you wear on your longer rope. I suggest using only a uhmw roller fairlead for this.

 

one thing to point out. when plowing one should never lift the plow up to the stop point every time they lift the plow, this causes extreme wear on the winches and ropes and cables. just because you have a 3000lb winch doesn't mean you can't snap a 4000# rope or cable. I noticed the warn winches are highly underrated if they say 3000# winch i believe they are really a 5000# when you have only 1 or 2 revolutions on the spool. if your breaking cables and ropes constantly during plowing your doing something wrong.

 

The 3 things i see allot are:

  •  first is the rope is spooled the wrong way on the winch due to reversed electrical hook up. 
  • second i see is the cable or rope wearing on an object. usually the winch mounting bracket. see photo below 
  • third i see is when someone backs up they hit the winch up switch and keep holding it till it binds out.

look carefull at the angle of the rope it is rubbing in winch mount

 

4.) Do i need a winch saver™?

YES if you want to protect your fairlead and rope or cable. remember any sharp edge on the fairlead caused by the hook becomes a knife edge to the rope. NOTE: if you hold the button down on your winch it will pull your hook right through the winch saver so you must stop when the rope's slack is gone and not when the winch stops moving.  http://www.blitzkrueg.com/catalog/item/7064804/6824720.htm

 

5.) CARE:

Synthetic rope will need more care than steel cable. after each use make sure you use a rag to wipe off or wash if you have heavy dirt build up. perhaps even pull out to dry. when winding up the rope make sure you have all twist out of the rope and keep constant pressure so it winds evenly making sure not to leave gaps between each revolution since this will allow the rope to bind or bird nest.

 

6.) Fairleads:

 metal roller fairleads can be used if they are new and rotate freely. but your best bet for plowing is a blitzKrueg exclusive uhmw roller fairlead with stainless bolts to prevent the rollers from seizing. for trail riding our uhmw Roller fairlead or a new steel roller fairlead or an aluminum fairlead is acceptable.  http://www.blitzkrueg.com/fairleads.html

 

7). Thimbles

Blitzkrueg now sells solid steel thimbles for our ropes this will prevent kinking of the thin style thimbles which creats another sharp edge to eventually harm your rope. our solid thimbles are also the best value on the market with only adding a few dollars to your rope purchase unlike others that add 15-30 dollars. some of the ropes are sold with thimbles already instaled if you don't see what you want email a detail list we can invoice you via paypal with custom orders.

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Can i order over the Phone?

We cannot acc Your welcome to order over the phone but we cannot accept credit cards over the phone only through checkout on website and paypal.

It is best you email us your order and we can send you a paypal invoice. or you can send a money order ( us post office or walmart only) or personal check. but we will have to allow 14 days  for check to clear.

Blitzkrueg Products LLC

Info@blitzkrueg.com

608-333-1533

P.O. Box 257

Belleville, WI 53508


Can I get volume discounts?

 

Its best you email us your order and we can send email you a custom price which you can pay via paypal invoice. or you can send a money order ( us post office or walmart only) or personal check. but we will have to allow 14 days  for check to clear.

also remember :

Your welcome to order over the phone but we cannot accept credit cards over the phone only through checkout on website and paypal. 

Blitzkrueg Products LLC

Info@blitzkrueg.com

608-333-1533

P.O. Box 257

Belleville, WI 53508 


I want a special package or length can you help us?

Its best you email us your order and we can send email you a custom price which you can pay via paypal invoice. or you can send a money order ( us post office or walmart only) or personal check. but we will have to allow 14 days  for check to clear.

also remember :

Your welcome to order over the phone but we cannot accept credit cards over the phone only through checkout on website and paypal. 

also with phone orders we may not always be at the office to write down your order so for accuracy please email.

Blitzkrueg Products LLC

Info@blitzkrueg.com

608-333-1533

P.O. Box 257

Belleville, WI 53508 


How can i replace my thimble on my rope?

Here is the method we use.

I was going to make a video but this gentleman did an excellent job already. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbculEda3oo