How to Attach Cable to Winch Drum

how to attach winch cable to winch drum

Winching is always exciting.  But before going to winching you need to make sure that winch cable is already attached to your winch. I expect you have already attached cable on your winch.  If you are still facing a problem to attach cable on your winch, then this article might help you to attach cable on your winch.

Trust me, attaching a cable to a winch drum is pretty much easy to do. So, stay with my article and start installing cable to your winch drum.

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How To Attach Cable To Winch Drum

Things Required

  • Wire rope
  • Heavy-duty work gloves

Step by Step Guide

Step 1:

At first, put heavy-duty hand gloves on your hand. Putting on heavy gloves secure your hands from being crushed by a winch cable. Because, the winch drum will find the gloves first and tug it.

Step 2:

After that, look for the release lever on your winch drum. It is supposed to be one of the side plates, most probably by the side insert slot into which the wire rope is inserted. Your task is to open the release lever and this will open the wire camp jaws on the drum by the side insert slot.

Step 3:

After opening the release lever, you need to pass the end of your wire rope over the top of the drum toward the rear of the winch. Then pass the wire over the top of the winch spool toward the back of the truck if you are winding wire to a bumper-mounted winch.

After that, press the end of the wire rope into the side insert slot and between the clamp jaws. Then you need to pull the release lever closed so the wire clamp jaws close and lock on the end of the wire.

Step 4:

Your next task is to wind the wire onto the winch. Here is a video on how it is done;

You need to draw the wire over the top of the winch, toward the back and around the spool. By loosely holding, control the wire with your hand and guiding it onto the spool. You need to wrap the wire from the side insert slot to the opposite side of the spool without overlapping.

Whenever you will reach the other side of the spool, lay the loop for the next layer over the last and begin to wrap the wire (remember you need to wrap the wire without overlapping in this layer) until it reaches the side with the insert slot again.

Now you just need to keep wrapping the wire in layers from side to side of the spool, always keep in your mind that there should be no overlap except on the last loop where you change layers.

Warning: Before you start attaching the cable, make sure that you have gone through all the safety precautions issued for your winch. Try to complete the job in a slow and smooth process. Over hurry can execute an accident.

Tip: Always try to wind at least 20 feet cable extra than you usually needed. It can be helpful in any odd situation.


I hope you have found my article on how to attach cable to winch drum very helpful. If you have any more questions about this topic, then don’t hesitate to inform me.


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