Wire Ropes for Rigging

Wire Rope

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Why shop from Southeast Rigging?

Southeast Rigging is a trusted source of wire rope and rigging equipment in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and the entire Southeast region. Our product selection accommodates the different needs of any project. We can always recommend the right product regardless of the load, weight, or required maximum weight capacity.

Businesses and contractors come to us for high-quality rigging and lifting equipment that stand the test of time. Our sales representatives know which wire ropes to recommend for each job, and provide after-sales support. Our one-stop shop is just one call away from fixing your wire rope needs.

Find the right rope for your application today.

Choosing the Right Rope for Each Application

Southeast Rigging features high-quality wire ropes for rigging and lifting purposes. We stand by the strength and durability of each product we offer. But our sales representatives would be the first to tell you that there’s not a single wire rope that can do it all.

Familiarize yourself with the basic properties of a wire rope so you can understand which type of rope is most suitable for your application.

What are the basic properties of a wire rope?

Get to know the common properties of rigging wire ropes so you can make an informed decision about which product is best suited for your job.

Strength is the first basic property of a high-quality wire rope.

The strength of rigging wire ropes can be measured in tons of 2,000 lbs. Meanwhile, published materials would refer to wire rope strength as the minimum breaking force of the material. These measurements are the industry’s widely accepted means of calculating the overall strength of a rope.

When a new rope is placed under tension during a controlled test, it should break at a figure that is equal to or higher than the rope’s indicated minimum breaking force.

The minimum breaking force shown on each wire rope on our product catalog applies to new and unused rope. A well-used rope gradually loses strength. This is due to surface wear, metal fatigue, and other natural causes.

Our sales reps would remind customers that wire ropes shouldn’t operate at or near the minimum breaking force.

Fatigue resistance is the second basic property of a wire rope.

Fatigue resistance refers to the metal fatigue of a rigging wire rope. For ropes to achieve high fatigue resistance, they must be capable of constantly and continuously bending under stress. An example would be a wire rope that passes over a sheave.

A wire rope’s fatigue resistance increases with the number of wires used for the rope. Keep in mind, however, that a thick wire rope made of multiple small wires is essentially stronger than a same-sized rope with fewer but larger wires because smaller wires are more bendable and ductile.

To reduce rope fatigue and take advantage of a wire rope’s fatigue resistance level, our sales representatives can recommend the right ropes based on your required sheave and drum size. We also recommend wire ropes based on each rope’s unique properties.

What else should you consider when looking for in a wire rope?

Take note that the abrasion resistance and fatigue resistance of a wire rope cannot change. For this reason, you have to pay attention to the type of rope you’re getting based on your operating conditions.

A wire rope with greater abrasion resistance typically consists of fewer but larger wires. Meanwhile, a wire rope with high fatigue resistance is made up of smaller and a higher number of wires. Abrasion and fatigue resistance have an inverse correlation so always choose a wire based on your application.

Learn more about our wire ropes and wire rope accessories.

Southeast Rigging features a full catalog of our wire rope products. View pages 33 to 84 of the catalog for more details about these products.