How to Choose the Perfect Wire Rope?
Wire rope is a common building and infrastructure material that can be used in many applications.
As a leading wire rope supplier in Australia, we stock stainless steel, galvanized and PVC & nylon coated wire rope in 0.01 mm to 50 mm diameter at competitive prices to suit your specific needs. Our wire ropes and stainless steel cables are sourced from reliable suppliers and are tested to comply with relevant Australian standards.
With wire rope available in stainless steel, galvanised, PVC coated and nylon coated, you can apply our wire rope products to internal and external applications in either domestic, commercial and industrial operations. Common applications include wire balustrade, fencing, garden features, lifting, zip lines, aerial works, hauling, winching, anchoring, general engineering, structural, safety, fishing, cranes, conveyors drilling, marine and more.
Here is a quick guide to help you choose the perfect wire rope.
1. Assess your options
Wire rope is used in architecture, lifting, fishing, marine, agriculture, crane works, elevators or construction, to name a few. Before purchasing wire rope, you will need to assess your options so that you choose the right type. Make sure you receive the right advice from trusted and experienced wire rope suppliers in Australia who will help save you time and money by getting it right the first time.
2. Consider application
Consider how the wire rope will be used. For example, you will need to consider the wire rope’s application to determine the strength of the rope required. In addition, you should also consider the environmental factors that might affect the wire rope once installed. Depending on the strand and wire combinations and diameter, the strength of wire rope affects the minimum breaking strength, safe loads and its weight. We stock wire rope in various strand and wire combinations that come in various lengths depending on your needs.
3. Consider product range
Our wire rope range includes:
- Galvanised wire rope available in fibre core or steel core, in 6x7, 6x19, 6x24, 6x25, 6x29, 6x36, 6,37, 7x7, 7x19 constructions.
- Stainless steel wire rope available in grades 304 and 316 in 1x19, 7x7 and 7x19 constructions.
- Coated wire rope: stainless steel pvc-coated in 7x7 and 7x19 construction, pvc-coated galvanised in 6x7, 6x19 and 7x19 constructions.
The construction and lay of the wire rope are important factors to consider. This will affect the flexibility, elongation, torsion, break point and other characteristics of the wire rope.
4. Evaluate features
We stock stainless steel wire rope in 304 general purpose standard grade, or 316 marine grade. For those using wire rope in harsher environments like marine, chemical or water application, the 316 marine grade is recommended. For wire rope that is softer to touch, more flexible and resistant to the harsh rays of the sun, the PVC coated wire rope is your best choice. This will prevent the wire rope fading and splitting and is ideal for applications where safety is an important factor too.
5. Consider other parts
In addition to a supplier stocking wire rope, it is ideal if they also stock wire rope tools and accessories. At Keble’s Trading, we stock various cutters, swages, rope pullers, inserts, swaging tools (manual and automatic). We can custom make cables to your requirements with our in-house hydraulic and roll swage presses and perform load testing and destruct testing on structural or load-bearing cables on our in-house 100T testbed.
At Keble’s Trading, we are a wire rope supplier serving Melbourne and wider Australia with high-quality wire rope that has been selected to meet the needs of our customers. If you are interested in a long-term relationship with us, you can open an account and we will assign an account manager to give you a single person point of contact for all your needs. Enquire today by calling 1800 067 687 or visiting one of our four showrooms today.
Choosing Perfect Wire Rope FAQs
Question: What is Wire Rope?
Answer: Wire rope is formed from several strands and combinations of wire to form a helix combination. There are various wire rope constructions depending on the application of the wire rope. Some wire ropes have features that enhance flexibility, prevent torsion, can elongate under load, prevent loads from spinning and minimise loads breaking away.
Question: How Much Wire Rope Cost?
Answer: The cost of wire rope depends on the wire rope’s material, the construction, the size and the load it can take. At Keble’s Trading, we have a complete catalogue of wire rope with prices available on request. Feel free to discuss your requirements so that we can assist you with your enquiry or order.
Question: What is the difference between wire rope and cable?
Answer: The main difference between wire rope and a cable is that a wire rope is has a large diameter than a cable. Multiple wires bound together form a strand. Cables are used for purposes that differ to wire ropes, especially smaller loads.
Question: How many types of wire rope are there?
Answer: There are many types of wire rope that are suited for different applications. We stock galvanised wire rope, stainless steel wire rope, PVC and/or nylon coated wire rope and guy strand wires. Each type of wire rope is constructed with various strand formations and the lay can be selected too.
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