We also carry steel cable that’s also known as aircraft cable. It’s a wire rope but with a smaller diameter and end uses that are lighter-duty than regular wire rope.
Looking for accessories to use with wire ropes? Our rigging supplies include hardware and accessories for use with cranes, hoists & winches, and oilfield applications.
If you need assistance in locating the best rope and accessories for your job, call us at 405-235-0882 for help from our product specialists with expertise in wire rope & rigging supplies.
Variations when choosing your rope:
- Diameter: To properly measure the diameter of steel wire ropes, measure the rope at its widest point. This is an industry standard with wire cable manufacturers and steel cable suppliers.
- Grade of Steel: EIPS, EEIPS: EIPS is Extra Improved Plowed Steel and has roughly 10% more strength than IPS. EEIPS is Extra Extra Improved Plowed Steel and is approximately 10% stronger than the EIPS. We offer every variety of EIPS Wire Rope and have a one day lead time on any EEIPS ropes.
- Direction of Lay: Right hand and left hand designates which way the strands wrap around the core of the steel rope. Regular lay and Lang lay specify which way the wires are formed in the helix pattern. Regular lay means the wires are rotated opposite the direction of the strands around the core. Lang lay means the wires are twisted in the same direction as the strands are wrapped around the wire rope core.
- Finish- Bright Wire, Galvanized Wire, Stainless Steel: Most wire ropes have a bright, self-colored finish hence the name. Wire ropes generally have a coating of lubricant to reduce friction and protect from corrosion. However, there are wire ropes that are galvanized, stainless steel, or coated in vinyl and other plastics. These are three
of the most common finishes we offer.
- Material of the Core: Fiber Core (FC) or Independent Wire Rope Core
(IWRC) - Fiber cores are made of natural (sisal, etc.) or synthetic (polypropylene, etc.) fibers and allow for increased flexibility. IWRC offer more support to the outer strands, and have a higher resistance to crushing. IWRC also offer more resistance to heat, reduces the amount of stretch, and increases the strength of the rope.
- Strands: Another variable in wire rope is how many strands make up the rope and how many wires make up one strand. For instance, a 6x26 wire rope has 6 strands around a core with 26 wires making up each strand. The 6x19 class is the most common and offers higher resistance to abrasion whereas the 6x37 class offers higher flexibility.