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Cable Lubricant Basics

May 21, 2020

Cable lubricant is essential to ensuring your pulling cables are performing as efficiently as possible. Taking the steps to properly maintain your pulling cables will result in seamless operation every time. However, if you’re not familiar with how to use lubricant, you should consult your lubricant supplier for how to best use the lubricant for superior results.


Luckily, we’ve put together a basic guide on how to select an optimal cable lubricant for your cable-pulling application. Read on to learn more.


How to Choose the Best Lubricant for Your Application


Selecting the best lubricant for the job will largely depend on your application needs. Ultimately, lubricant serves to reduce the friction that cables face. As such, proper use of the lubricant must entail application during the cable-pulling operation. But to figure out what type of lubricant you need, there is a central factor to consider: tension.


You will need to figure out the allowed tension per pull. You can do this by utilizing a wire-pulling tension gauge. Otherwise, you can seek the services of a company who can do this for you. Once you figure out the allowed tension per pull, it can help inform the type of lubricant that would be the most suitable for the application. A reputable provider of lubricant for pulling cables  will be able to advise on how much and how to proceed with application. 


What Types of Cable Lubricants are Available?


There are 3 primary types of lubricants available: liquids, gels, and wax. Each of these lubricant types will further vary by method of application. Liquids are the preferred choice as they meet the needs of many common pulling cable applications. Gels are more viscous than their liquid counterparts, and are optimal for high-pull, slow-speed loads, overhead loads, and cable pulling applications that necessitate very little dripping. Waxes are chosen for their ability to perform even in warmer temperatures. Like gels, wax lubricants are also great for applications where very little dripping is necessary.


In need of a quality lubricant for your cable pulling application?


Look no further than AMAC Equipment for your cable pulling needs. We offer quality lubricants from a diverse range of reputable lubricant manufacturers. We are fully capable of assessing your application needs, and providing you with a suitable lubricant for the job. Call us today to learn more about our products. We’d be happy to help!