Braden has addressed the question of securely installing synthetic rope for winching applications with the introduction of a new anchoring system for TR20 recovery winches. The synthetic rope anchor (PN 113316) works with ½ in. and 5/8 in. synthetic rope to provide maximum pulling power with up to 40% less weight compared to steel cable.
The synthetic rope anchor is designed and tested for all TR20 planetary winches (20,000 lb. rated line pull) with a wedge pocket (-02 and -03 drums), including models designed for the UBX20 utility bumper. TR20 winches feature a compact, low profile design that can be high or low mounted for a variety of recovery applications.
To use the anchor, an eye must be spliced into the rope and inserted through the smaller opening of the wedge pocket on the drum. Install the anchor in the eye, then pull the rope until the anchor is fully seated in the pocket. The anchor will secure the rope in the drum.
Braden recommends the use of 12-strand single braid pre-stressed rope with breaking strength of 34,000 lb. or greater. Synthetic rope should be installed on a new winch drum with all burrs and sharp edges removed. The rope should be spooled onto the drum while under tension. For best performance, synthetic rope should not be installed on drums that have previously had wire rope installed. A minimum of eight wraps are required on the drum for pulling at maximum capacity.
Synthetic rope continues to grow in popularity for utility, towing and recovery, construction, military, and other applications. Replacing traditional steel cables can drastically reduce the overall weight of any towing or utility vehicle, particularly those with multiple winches. Abrasion resistant and easy to inspect, synthetic rope is torque neutral, which means it will not twist and is much easier to handle.