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Re: [TowerTalk] crankup winch cable ... etc.

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] crankup winch cable ... etc.
From: jim Jarvis <>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 07:46:31 -0400
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Completely agree... I meant MOVING it 2-3 times a month, not lubing it.
Hell, if it got once a month, that'd be fine.  Shouldn't stop in the  
same place each time.
+/- an inch or three, to prevent flat spots would be ok.   Should  
also spool cleanly on
the winch, and avoid wraps, which will tend to flatten the wire  
rope.   But proper
application of lube will help avoid that.

My principal point was... if it's designed to go up and down,  it  
NEEDS to go up and down
fairly regularly.   You wouldn't want to fly on an aircraft that only  
went up when YOU wanted to
go up,  would you?


On May 11, 2008, at 12:14 AM, wrote:

> In a message dated 5/10/2008 7:17:47 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
> writes:
> >  This is very simple.  If it's meant to move, like a crankup,  it  
> be moved regularly.
>     You mean like exercising it on a regular basis? I totally agree.
> >  And lubed generously.
>     Define generously. A regular application is recommended. As  
> long as the strands are saturated, you're good to go.
> >  If you let it sit, it will ossify, much like your own backside.
>     Well, galvanized 7x19 wire rope will oxidize over time. But  
> losing the galvanizing and rusting takes a long time. I've seen  
> 15-20+ year old crank-ups that hadn't been lubed in decades - maybe  
> never - and they were okay. Certainly not bad enough to replace.
> >  2-3 times a month is not unreasonable.
>     Maybe not unreasonable but highly impractical. If you lube your  
> cables once a year, you're ahead of 90% of crank-up owners. In that  
> year, the lightweight lubricant will be washed out in several  
> months but will still be helpful in prolonging the life of the cables.
>     I don't know of anyone who actually can or will lube the cables  
> 2-3 time a month. In situations where a cable moves many times  
> everyday like in a big welding shop or rigging shop, then 2-3 times  
> a month might be necessary. Do they do it that often? Maybe.
>     I guess my advice is to do as often as you can - once or twice  
> a year would be pretty good.
>     The cable lubricant recommended by wire rope manufacturers can  
> be obtained from
> Cheers,
> Steve    K7LXC
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