Cable pulling grips make it easy to lock two separate lines together without any form of damage, snagging and/or tangling in the process.
Nevertheless, even with the use of stainless or galvanised steel as core materials that are known for their respective strength and durability, cable pulling grips are prone to becoming worn out over time.
Using worn out units like these are detrimental to your operations because it can cause material damage and performance issues down the road. To alleviate these concerns, utilize these techniques to know when to get a new grip:
Damaged and Uneven Grip Teeth
All pulling grips use a special set of grip teeth within their vice-like jaw. This allows it to pull cables into place without making any abrasions during the process. True enough, a damaged and uneven set of grip teeth can still hold wires or cables in place; however, there is no guarantee it will perform this operation consistently in the future. It’s best not to put your operations in jeopardy, you should instead seek to have it replaced immediately.
Excessive Noise During Operation
A loud screeching noise when your cable pulling grips begin to pull is an indicator that its teeth are grinding the material. You may also hear a loud ripping sound when the grip's teeth entrench themselves too deeply in the fiber optic or soft wiring cables.
It’s important to have the expertise to distinguish these noises with the loud noises that copper or steel-wire heavy-duty cable pullers are known to make - the technicians and customer service representatives from AMAC Equipment are your perfect bet if you find yourself without an answer.
Wire or Cable Abrasions
An issue to keep a sharp eye out for is when you see wire or cable abrasions. It’s important to keep your wits about you as your grip's teeth look may still appear normal, but if you're still seeing abrasions it's either due to the grip teeth latching too deeply in the material or that the grip tension adjustment isn’t calibrated correctly.
More Troubleshooting Than Expected
Lastly, should your cable installation personnel spend more time troubleshooting than using the full functionality of your cable pullers, then it’s likely they’re in need of new equipment. Time is the most valuable resource a company has, and minor investments into new grips will help you and your business extract the most out of it.
The Best Replacements Start With The Most Reliable Suppliers
If you have yet to find a supplier for new equipment, you can count on AMAC Equipment for all your cable pulling grip and overall electrician equipment needs. You can have our special AMAC Equipment Demo Truck host a demonstration in your company with just one call. Contact us today to schedule one now!