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Old 09-24-2018, 08:55 AM
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Lift Cables

I bought a Hewitt cantilever lift this weekend. The cable is broken on it. Is there anything special about the cables Hewitt sells or is it standard 5/16 stainless cable that I can get cheaper from a local hardware supplier cheaper?


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Old 09-24-2018, 09:24 AM
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You don't need stainless, I have 5/16 galvanized. I think its about a dollar a foot
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:43 PM
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Do NOT get stainless - it does not have the flexibility of galvanized, and will not last as long. Galvanized from your local hardware or fleet store will work fine. Just measure the width of your current cable and buy by the foot.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:37 PM
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You will need a swage tool and some thimbles too

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Old 09-25-2018, 09:53 AM
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Also a good sized can of lithium grease - spray first couple feet of cable as it winds so its nice and greasy - lets it slip over itself in the crank with less friction and avoids those sharp pointy ends.

Wear good heavy work gloves too - that stuff is sharp.
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:55 PM
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Guess I wasnít really thinking about galvanized since Hewitts replacement cables are stainless


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Old 09-27-2018, 09:39 AM
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I broke a stainless cable on my lift after less than a year. Called the manufacturer and they suggested galv and shipped me a replacement at no cost. I previously started a thread debating using nylon rope instead of cables. All the off road guys use in in their winches and the tensil strength is much stronger comparing like sizes. I am seriously considering this option next time I have to replace my lift cable.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:03 AM
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I broke a stainless cable on my lift after less than a year. Called the manufacturer and they suggested galv and shipped me a replacement at no cost. I previously started a thread debating using nylon rope instead of cables. All the off road guys use in in their winches and the tensil strength is much stronger comparing like sizes. I am seriously considering this option next time I have to replace my lift cable.


The current broken cable on the lift is a stainless cable the was 2.5 years old. What was the outcome of nylon rope discussion? I know that stuff is super strong, I just wonder how it would do where itís permanently submerged on the cantilever.


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The current broken cable on the lift is a stainless cable the was 2.5 years old. What was the outcome of nylon rope discussion? I know that stuff is super strong, I just wonder how it would do where itís permanently submerged on the cantilever.


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There was not too much discussion about it. One voiced concern about ic, but coiled on a Jeep winch would be the same. Also the tensile strength would be far above a cable of he same
Size so there would be a safety factor. Not sure about being constantly submerged, but mine is only under water when the boat is in use. When Boat is cranked up it would all be out of the water. Price is cheaper as well. Seriously thinking about trying his next time I need a new one which for some reason seems to be about every year.
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:20 PM
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Should be no problem using synthetic rope on a boat lift.

I have never done it, but I talked to a friend about it. He is a well trusted name in the 4x4 industry. He also thought no problem using synthetic rope.
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