As someone else mentioned, location will have some effect on optimum
maintenance, but at least in rust prone areas, some form of penetrating
lubricant is definitely indicated. I can't think of an application
involving steel cable, where the owner wishes to measure cable life in
decades rather than years (broadcast tower guys, suspension bridge
cables, etc.), where regular inspection and application of an engineered
penetrating lube (or paint) is not done.
On 9/3/2012 8:22 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
I suspect that rigging companies and crane ops also do regular
inspection and cleaning of those cables too, just like the ones on
gondola and chair lifts. On Sep 3, 2012, at 17:05, Steve Maki
I wonder why crane companies keep their cables (on million dollar
cranes) lubed religiously?
On this particular topic, I would not place much faith in the
manufacturer's edicts, unless you're looking for a reason to keep
busy replacing the cables more often than otherwise needed.
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