Rope Services Direct has a number of handy wire rope tools and accessories to support organisations and private individuals who work with wire-rope on a regular basis. This page summarises these tools and provides a pointer as to where to find additional information.
Wire Rope Tools
Wire ropes can be used in many different ways and often requires additional fittings adding to make the rope suitable for the required task. This type of rope needs careful handling to ensure the rope is not damaged unnecessarily. Even a small amount of damage can make the rope in-useable. Most of the time damage can be avoided simply by using the correct wire rope tools, for example, using a proper wire rope cutter, not a hammer and chisel; using a coiling machine to wind the rope onto a reel with the correct tension etc.
Wire-rope cutters are invaluable for the safe cutting of W.R without causing strands to become damaged. We have a number of crimping tools available which once again are extremely valuable when working with wire-rope. For preservation and long-term use, W.R needs to be lubricated so also checkout our wire lubricant products. Lubricating wire-rope on a regular basis will not only make them easier to handle but lengthen the working life of the rope by offering protection to the wires and strands from rubbing and friction which can cause breakages to the wires and render the rope unusable.
If you work with wire rope on a regular basis then it may be worth looking into some larger machinery to make your jobs easier and safer. Rope Services Direct can also supply speciality wire rope machinery to cope with frequent wire rope tasks. Coiling machines are available which will ensure you unreel and re-reel wire rope correctly on and off a reel/drum, doing these tasks incorrectly can render your costly wire rope useless. We can also supply annealing machines to help with the fuse and tapering process to ensure there is no risk or the rope unwinding.
Working with wire-ropes can be more hazardous than you may think and nasty injuries can occur if not handled correctly or the correct tools are not used. There are certain procedures to follow for handling, reeling, coiling, unreeling and general handling to ensure the handler remains as safe as possible. Remember when handling any type of wire-rope you should wear the correct protective clothing, in particular safety gloves and glasses. These should always be worn to protect eyes and hands from metal splinters, and the hands from friction burns and reactions to the lubricants used within the rope. More information about the safe handling and storage of wire-ropes can be found on our main wire-rope page here.
Check out the product pages for more information and/or call our sales team if you require any more information.