The Best Lubrication Methods for Wire Rope Applications

Wire rope is our best-selling product. It’s innovative structure, high level of strength, and good resistance to corrosion and the elements has made it one of the most widely used pieces of lifting equipment around the world. It’s used for hundreds of different wire rope applications across dozens of industries. It’s regular use means that you need to keep it well lubricated to keep it working at its very best! Below we have explained the best lubrication methods for wire rope and its applications.

Preforming wire rope

Wire rope is constructed from metal, mostly steel, and it is common for metals to be lubricated in many industries to keep processes flowing smoothly and to prevent friction. Steel wire rope by nature is stiff and hard, and this will further cause friction.

Before wire rope is even lubricated, it is important that it is preformed, which helps to keep the wire rope strands in place and prevent any wires sticking out, which can cause a safety hazard.

Why does wire rope need to be lubricated?

Once your wire rope has been preformed, it’s important that you consistently lubricate your wire rope to keep it working smoothly. There are two main reasons for lubricating the wire rope, one of which we touched upon earlier:

Reducing friction

As steel rubs on steel, there is a natural cause of friction, and lubricating your wire rope helps to reduce this level of friction. Friction can cause heat damage and wear and tear, which could lead to your wire rope snapping, so it’s important that this is prevented.

Reducing corrosion

Another crucial reason for lubricating your wire rope is to enhance the level of corrosion resistance that it has. Wire rope is already designed with a strong level of corrosion in mind, but lubrication further adds to this, increasing the service life of your wire rope.

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Lubrication helps to reduce the risk of wire rope and metal being corroded


This is especially important if your wire rope is to be working in elements where there may be chemicals or moisture present.

The types of lubrication available

There are two types of lubrication of wire rope available; penetrating and coating. The former will continue to the inside of the wire rope, providing internal lubrication too, while the latter is just for the exterior of your wire rope. The type you use will depend on how heavily exposed your wire rope will be to corrosion.

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