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Rigging Screws & Turn Buckles

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About Rigging Screws & Turnbuckles

Rigging screws and turn buckles are sometimes referred to as a wire rope tensioner, bottle screws, barrel strainers or straining screws. They are a special type of fitting which are used to enable the tensioning of wire ropes. Once fitted the tension of the rope can easily be adjusted whenever you need to. Whether it is to tighten or loosen the rope. All that is needed is to turn the main body or barrel.

They are commonly used in rigging applications and anywhere that the wire will need tightening. Usually to a unique rigidity to fit its objective, for example, bridges, balustrades, staircases and hanging shelves. They are often utilised for use as barriers (instead of fencing) to avoid access to certain areas. Or sometimes as a safety barrier, but are easy on the eye. For example they are used on castle ramparts to allow the public to be able to walk around them safely. Yet they do not intrude too much on the original nature of the buildings.

What is the difference between Rigging Screws & turnbuckles?

Rigging screws have the closed barrel type centre and so look more aesthetically pleasing whilst Turn buckles have an open body/centre piece which turns around the visible screws. The definition of a turn buckle is type of coupling which possesses internal screws that are used to connect two wires or rods, end to end in order to adjust the tension.


Rigging Screw – Jaw & Swageless Stud  Rigging Screw Jaw & Jaw  Rigging Screw – Swage /Swage  Rigging Screw Toggle + Swage Stud

Rigging Screw Welded Jaw & Swage Stud  Turn Buckle Jaw & Jaw  Turn Buckle Eye + Hook  Turn Buckle Hook & Hook 

Turn Buckle Eye & Eye

Rope Services Direct supply a range of rigging screws and turn buckles. They come with a variety of fittings for each end to suit your particular application, eye such as eye +eye, eye + hook, jaw + jaw, Hook + jaw, etc. Some rigging screws are fitted with locking nuts/barrel strainers to ensure that there is no unwanted loosening of the rope.

As standard we supply 5MM, 6MM, 8MM and 10MM screws in mild and stainless steel. But please do ask us if you need anything custom-made.

We are always available for clarification on any wire rope fitting and for order taking on 01384 78004, we look forward to hearing from you!

Rigging Screws


Rigging Screws are usually used for the tightening/ tensioning of wire ropes.  These types of wire rope fittings are frequently utilised for rigging tasks or wherever a rope may require tensioning to a specific rigidity, for example; bridge wires, stair balustrades, barriers/fences or hanging/floating shelving. They are designed for in-line & straight rigging and tensioning & are available in different combinations including Eye & Eye & Eye & Jaw. These are available in different sizes in mild steel or stainless steel.

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