GMP has always prided itself on providing the highest quality tools for aerial cable work at the best value. Whether you need the tools to handle a new construction job or overlash work, GMP has the right selection of aerial tools to do the job and do it well.
Cable lashing machines are essential to aerial work. GMP has a wide selection of cable lashers, including the J2 Cable Lasher. The J2 can be used to lash a single aerial cable or a number of cables up to 3 inches (76mm) in diameter to a supporting strand measuring 1/4 to 7/16 inches (6mm to 11 mm) thick. The J2 is also able to overlash new cable to an existing cable bundle, making it the ideal machine for all types of cable work.
No cable lashing machine is complete without proper lashing wire. GMP offers three different types of lashing wire: type 430, type 302, and type 316. Each type of wire is made of stainless steel, although .045 inches is the most popular choice for diameter size and the industry-standard length is 1200 feet.
Type 430 wire is best for general use. Type 316 wire is more resistant to corrosion, which is ideal for use in areas near salt water or in areas with high levels of pollutants. Type 302 wire comes in two diameter sizes: .045 inches and .038 inches. Even at the smaller diameter of .038 inches, however, this wire is equal in strength to a .045-inch type 430 wire while providing more flexibility and less chance of breakage. To learn more about which type of wire is right for your aerial job, read our blog post about this topic.
Cable blocks are used to support and hold cable prior to a lashing operation. GMP has a wide selection of cable blocks, each created with very specific needs in mind. Whether the job in question is new construction or overlash work will determine which cable block is best. The size of the supporting strand will also determine the type of cable block that is best suited for the job at hand. GMP also offers cable blocks that lock in place and others that move along the strand. For a guide on the cable blocks for new construction, click here. For a guide to those cable blocks for overlash work, click here.
Clamps and Grips
Lashing wire clamps and grips are the final step in a successful lashing operation. Grips are used to hold the wire under temporary tension and to avoid the wire from coming loose. Once the lasher has moved to the other side of the pole during a lashing operation, the lashing wire clamp is used to permanently attach the wire to the supporting strand. Throughout this final process, it’s vital to properly terminate the lashing wire in order to avoid premature failure of the lashing wire. In fact, most lashing wire failures can be attributed to improper termination of the wire.
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