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

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] crankup winch cable ... etc.
From: Charles Gallo <>
Reply-to: Charles Gallo <>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 12:35:08 -0400
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On 5/11/2008 wrote:

> Hello All,

> Does stainless steel aircraft cable require a coating???

> Thanks in advance for any input...

> 73,
> Ted  K2QMF
Don't know about coating, but ANY "wire rope" that moves - aka you are using it 
in your hoist system should be regularly lubricated, and preferably with a lube 
meant for wire rope. (there are a few sold specifically for hams - I have a 
couple of cans from when I used to work in the hoist industry)

The problem is NOT only rust, the problem is that when the wire is bent/moves, 
each wire in the cable slides over it's neighbors.  If they are not lubricated, 
they wear on each other.  Stainless can be particularly bad, as certain grades 
of stainless are notorious for "galling" when rubbed against itself (probably 
why you don't see stainless on lift cables all that often)

The 2 main problems in wire rope lubrication is that 1)You have to get the lube 
down into the center of the cable - the worst wear is on the inner strands of 
each bundle and 2)What ever you use should dry "non tacky" - if it remains 
tacky, it WILL pick up dust/dirt, and you have just re-created "lapping 
compound" - it will wear out your cables very quickly

Most wire rope lubes are a very waxy lubricant (possibly even wax) dissolved in 
a solvent that evaporates fairly quickly.  You apply it to the rope (most I've 
seen are spray on) and usually you are told to wipe down the outside to remove 
any excess lube.  In use, the lube tends to squeeze out between the strands to 
lube the outside

73 de KG2V

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