Re: Interesting article - winches
From what I know, the state park rangers in Oregon got this whole ball rolling. Seems they picked up a bunch of XD9000i winches for their vehicles and started noticing problems with the cables breaking under heavy loads. They went so far as to have the maintenance department pull the power cables to the winches. I saw an "internal" maintenance alert about a month ago that they had up on the site they use to communicate between offices and to their personnel. If I can ever find it I'll post a link.
I have an HS9500i being shipped to me right now. So I am a little concerned, but winch cable breakage is something we are all supposed to be catious about anyway. As soon as I can afford to I want to replace the steel cable with the master pull synthetic line anyway. That stuff is cool as hell. It is strong, but it "stores " no energy. If for some reason it happens to break it doesn't whip like steel or most other types of line, it just falls to the ground.
I don't think I have fully loaded a winch since my east Texas bayou blastin' days pulling each other out of deep gumbo. The type of winching I do now in rockcrawling doesn't really place all that much stress on the cable, but I will continue to use the required caution when working with winch cables just as I always have. Always assume the winch cable might break, and work around it accordingly.
My other car is a bulldozer!