I have been reading about the winch cocking device failures, broken cables. After speaking with my contact at Barnett, it has been discovered that the holes the cables go through may have a burr. This at the location where the cable terminates and the knot is located. It has been addressed at the factory, and should no longer be an issue on units shipping currently. Those that have an earlier unit should check these holes, and deburr if required. As far as the cable material being discontinued, as I have read, how can that be possible if units are being produced and shipped daily. Contact customer service if you have issue. And, for those that have discontinued using the crank, rather cocking by hand, this is ill advised. Your fingers can slip off the string and cause possible injury. PLEASE, use a cocking rope device instead. The one with 2 hooks and 2 handles. It will reduce effort to cock the bow by half, and prevent the string slipping from your fingers. See pic.