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Re: [TowerTalk] NOT lubricate your cables from US tower

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] NOT lubricate your cables from US tower
From: Steve Maki <>
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 20:42:51 -0400
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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.

-Steve K8LX

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
<> wrote:

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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