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Old 09-08-2020, 05:15 PM
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How often do people realistically replace their cables on their lifts? I'm not talking about frayed or rusted cables......I have lived on my canal for over 7 years now, and we all boat frequently, and I have not seen or heard of anyone getting new cables during that time.

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I wouldn't replace unless they become compromised somehow.
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They can easily last decades.

Keep an eye out for fraying.

And if you have pulleys on the lift, watch those too. The cables seem to last longer than the pulleys and then when the pulleys wear down they can damage the cables.

Also make sure everything stays well greased. Have you had the lift serviced in the last 7 years?
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
They can easily last decades.

Keep an eye out for fraying.

And if you have pulleys on the lift, watch those too. The cables seem to last longer than the pulleys and then when the pulleys wear down they can damage the cables.

Also make sure everything stays well greased. Have you had the lift serviced in the last 7 years?
I got the lift in question new in 2014....have only had the lift company come out once because one of the zerks clogged, so they replaced it and gave me a handful of spares. I grease all the fittings myself every 6 months. The gears are sealed in an oil bath so there are no belts or anything like that. I only ask about the cables because they are not bright and shiny anymore....they are kind of coated with a light crust of salt from going into the water I suppose.
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I just replaced the original cables on my lift a few years ago. Best I can tell it was installed by a prior owner of the house in '03, so the original cables lasted 14 years, and looked to be in perfect condition when I removed them. I treat my cables with a cable lube from NAPA Auto Parts. Evidently, they corrode from the inside out, so outside appearances can be deceiving. The lube acts to displace internal contaminants and corrosion.
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As others said just keep an eye on them. They should look nice even after many years. No fray or rust should be anywhere on them. You should be able to run your hands over them without getting any scratches etc. I put my lift in in 2003. I changed my cables after 6 or so years and it was a waste IMO.

The dock/lift installers will tell you to replace every 2 years. I am planning on replacing mine within a year or 2. I just replaced my bunks, brackets and my front beam a few months ago (was galvanized beam).

I have one friend that his cable broke but it was extremely old. Like super old.

My maintenance tip is to run WD40 down the cables every 6 months. That’s really good for them.

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Trust me, If you even have the slightest feeling they are due for changing, CHANGE THEM!!!...................( The Other Three look Great......)







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