another winch cable today. And of course, within ten feet of the middle!
I was helping my son take down some trees next to his house. They had grown down hill towards the house, so I was using the winch to make them fall up hill into the woods. The cable got pretty tight, so I decided it was time to cut into the trunk to relive the strain. As I was reaching to shift into neutral, BANG!
And it was a pretty good cable too - no fish hooks. Oh, well.
I've had good luck with the synthetic line. you just have to be careful to keep it away from anything that will cut it.
You could also spool up thicker line if the distance you winch isn't too far.
It's not what you have. It's what you do with what you have