Here are some details about using a cable puller and cable pulling equipment for your convenience. Please call our sales team if you need any more information.
A cable pullers are also often referred to as a come along winch, Tirfor winch, or cable winch puller. And sometimes a cable pulling machine, wire puller or a wire rope cable puller. Prices start from just £114.91 when you purchase the latest Deltafor cable puller from Lifting Hoists Direct.
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What is a Cable Puller?
Do you sometimes have the need to hoist, winch, pull, lift, lower, tension or secure a load, but a permanent type of machine is not convenient? If so then one of our portable wire rope cable pullers could be the answer.
Easily transportable, cable pullers use wire rope for hoisting/winching and pulling & tensioning purposes. They are an extremely adaptable piece of cable pulling equipment. They can be used in virtually any position. Vertical, diagonal, horizontal, or any other angle and with any length of wire rope.
We can supply a range of cable pulling equipment from the original tirfor winch to the trusted Yaletrac. Each with a range of load handling capacities up to 3200kg.
Where are Cable Pullers Used?
A wire rope puller or come along winch will be extensively utilised in industrial sectors. This is due to their numerous functions which are appropriate for building construction, farming, oil and chemical, mining and quarries. Other uses include ship building industries in addition to vehicle recovery operations. These devices are also used as a forestry winch which arborists use extensively. Cable pullers or a wire rope puller is a perfect tool for your work vehicle.
How Cable Pullers Work
A cable puller or come along winch is a safe and reliable way of accurately moving and holding the load. You will have constant control of the operation to within just 1mm. The accuracy is due to the two jaws which grip the rope. As the lever is cranked the jaws use a hand over hand type motion to pull the rope through.
Due to the self-clamping mechanism of the cable pullers jaws will give immediate and progressive grip. Which means the heavier the load the tighter the jaws clamp on. Most types of cable pulling machine have an easy release mechanism which enables the rope to be released effortlessly.
Benefits of a Wire Rope Cable Puller
One benefit of cable pullers is there are no limitations to the length of wire rope it can pull through. So you could have different lengths of wire rope for different jobs but just one device. It also means that the rope is easily replaceable if it should get damaged.
You should, however, use a specific type of wire rope, not just any you have lying around. The ropes recommended have specific constructions and flexibility to work correctly with the specific cable puller. Lifting Hoists Direct can supply any type of wire rope in any length to compliment your cable pullers.
The total load capacity of a cable pulling machine or come along winch can be increased. This is done by the use of sheave blocks/pulley wheels. By using this method you can also change the direction of the pull/lift if necessary.
Because of the increased hoisting effort when using this technique extra care must be taken. This is to ensure the supporting structures and all other equipment have a sufficient capacity. You usually allow a capacity loss of around 4% per sheave. Always refer to the cable pulling equipment manufacturer’s instructions. Also apply the correct procedures when using the sheave block method.
Maintenance & Safety of a cable pulling machine
A wire rope cable Puller / come along winch is easy to self-maintain because the housing can normally be opened. The simple components inside the housing can be cleaned, with de-greaser if necessary. Then re-greased with clean oil/lubricant (do not grease grips). This will keep your cable pulling equipment in tip top condition and also keep the accuracy of the device.
Most kinds of Cable pulling machine come with an overload protection device. This is in the form of a shearing pin. These can also be easily replaced if it breaks even whilst under load. The shearing pins should be checked prior to each use and replaced without delay if necessary.
Safety Tips – Do’s & Don’ts
There are some basic do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure safety and reliability when using a wire rope puller / cable pulling tools. You should also follow the HSE guidelines for lifting safety.
NEVER; use a rope with the incorrect diameter for the machine; use damaged or broken rope; extend the levers/handles; exceed the safe working load capacity.
ALWAYS; check for problems before each use; store correctly; ensure suspension/anchor points are capable of taking the weight; use correct rope and handles; inspect the rope for wear, damage, or kinks.
Buying a Cable Puller
Pulling machine devices are readily available from Lifting Hoists Direct. From the wire rope to the cable pulling machine itself. All available at excellent prices and with quick delivery. Choose from our economy range, Yale cable puller range or look at our Tirfor Winch for sale, all have 800kg, 1600kg & 3200kg lifting and pulling capacity options.