If you are undertaking an installation that requires the use of a cable pulling grip, then it is important that you know how to inspect this tool for wear and tear. While it is important that you select the right-sized cable grip for the job, depending on the dimensions of the cable to be installed, it is equally crucial to know how to inspect it. Although it is not an exact science, it is important to conduct this check from a safety standpoint.
Here are the 4 signs of wear and tear to look for in your cable pulling grip.
Damaged Pulling Eye
Your cable grip’s eye is extremely vital for a successful installation. If you spot any damage to it, replace the tool instantly. The common causes of a damaged pulling eye are wear and tear from excessive use and pulling loads at odd angles instead of the standard straight-line pull.
Frayed wires are an incredibly troubling sign, as more frayed the wires are, the weaker the grip becomes. Wires become frayed due to snags that might occur during a pulling operation. It can also happen due to too much abrasion when a cable is pulled. When selecting a replacement, consider going for high-quality cable pulling grips supplied by AMAC Equipment Limited, leaders in the cable installation business for over 50 years.
Obviously, rust on any equipment is not a good sign and in this case, it can weaken the wires of the cable grip. If there is too much rust already, you have to replace the pulling device. To avoid rust formation on the grip, do not leave it in moist or damp conditions for too long, and store it in a dry place after the pulling operation has been completed.
Bent And Broken Wires
A scenario even more extreme than fraying, bent and broken wires can also cause your cable pulling grip to weaken significantly. Wear and tear due to excessive use across a long period of time and facing too much abrasion while pulling are the main reasons for broken wires.
Once you have observed any of the damages above, don’t hesitate to replace the grip. Otherwise, the efficiency of the entire operation, as well as the safety of the crew may be compromised.
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