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Broke my winch cable while plowing, how do I fix it?

So the plow has been working great this winter right up until I snapped the last 12 inches of cable down by where the cable runs through the pulley on the plow assembly. It looks like I could just simply cut the frayed end and reattach the hook, but I don't know if there are any techniques and also what is that clear material I see that they use to bind the cable back to itself after it goes through the eye of the hook? Thanks in advance.
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Use the Search feature in the forum. Loop the cable to it self and use 2 cable clamps. After you break the cable 10 or 20 more times or just want it right use a boat winch strap or a seat belt.
Also you will need a new fairlead.Warn winch line broke while snow plowing...

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theres a few ways, i use a flemish eye, u take about 8 to 10 inches and split the cable, 3 strands and 4 strands, take the 3 strand and put the middle of it and put it where the 2 split then take the 4 strand and wrap it around the 3 strand when u get to the end wrap the 2 together and i use a clamp to keep the end nice, u can do it in about 3 to 5 mins after uve doen a few, u dont even have to cut the end, ive done it outside, all u need is a wrench for the clamp, if interested i can make a video, we do a flemish eye with 1 1/2 cable its a little harder

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other ways are 3 or 4 clamps or new crimp clamps

im sure there are other ways that people like

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Cable clamps work great but the crimp on ones look better. If you are using the clamps ( ubolt and saddle type) remember "never saddle a dead horse" meaning the u bolt goes on the piece of cable that you fold over to make the loop.

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Cable clamps work great but the crimp on ones look better. If you are using the clamps ( ubolt and saddle type) remember "never saddle a dead horse" meaning the u bolt goes on the piece of cable that you fold over to make the loop.
Yesssir! X2 Excelent point Wemac.

The cable clamps do have a direction...if the u-bolt is put over the tension cable, you are going to have a weak link because it will kink the cable. The saddle displaces the pressure more, not damaging it. I did it bass-akwards the first time.

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The best idea I have ever read in here about this is to replace the cable with a boat winch strap. It is $10 at walmart. Get a new cable (or fix it) and put it on it when spring rolls around.

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The best idea I have ever read in here about this is to replace the cable with a boat winch strap. It is $10 at walmart. Get a new cable (or fix it) and put it on it when spring rolls around.
Some guys on here use a seatbelt from an old car. The problem with buying a strap is that you should use a new roller fairlead as the one from the cable will be too abrasive and damage the strap.

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you can take the roller out of the fairlead and slide a 4" pice of plastic heat shrink over it.boat strap will not wear out

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you can take the roller out of the fairlead and slide a 4" pice of plastic heat shrink over it.boat strap will not wear out
That's a great idea....thanks

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When you use a boat strap do you remove the existing cable first? Or do you just wind it in and add a small section of strap. If this is the case I would thin it would start getting to thick on the winch? Also, how do you run a thick strap like that through the cable pulley on the plowsince it is small and designed for a cable? Please explain. Thanks!
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When you use a boat strap do you remove the existing cable first? Or do you just wind it in and add a small section of strap. If this is the case I would thin it would start getting to thick on the winch? Also, how do you run a thick strap like that through the cable pulley on the plowsince it is small and designed for a cable? Please explain. Thanks!
You take the cable off. There is no room to overlay it. You have a pulley? A strap may not work in that case. Post a pic if you can.

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