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We are delighted to launch our blog and tell you about all the types of Wire Rope, Chain, Chandlery, Fasteners and Lifting Gear we have available, what is going on behind the scenes here at The Wire Rope Shop and stories or the history about some of our products.........


10th February 2013


'What a thing to use wire rope zip lines for!'


If you have been to a Go Ape adventure day out in a delightful forest setting you will have enjoyed the thrill of descending down one of their numerous wire rope zip lines. Yes, they have also got things like rope bridges to clamber across, swings, trapezes and rope ladders. However, you must surely agree that the most exhilarating experience has to be that rapid descent down one of their wire rope zip lines between the trees – you really do feel like you are Tarzan or Jane.


Well, if you and the children enjoyed yourself so much.it is possible to bring that excitement into your own back garden and buy your own zip wire package. Yes, a little bit different to the outdoor toy or apparatus such as a swing or slide or indeed both that you normally buy for your kids. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that the cost is likely to be within the budget of many parents. 


A zip wire package can be bought online but before doing so we thought that you might find the following information useful when considering buying one.


You need to be careful that you buy the correct wire rope zip lines package. For instance, if it is only going to be used by small children then you could purchase a small diameter Wire Rope Zip Line but read the Wire Rope specification carefully. What is the minimum recommended age for a child to use one? What are the maximum weight and/or age of a child that can use such a package? For example, a 5 year old may be fine on it but an 8 year old not or a child weighing 5 stone may be fine but over 7 stone not. 




Don’t forget those toddlers quickly grow and may still love the thrill of descending down a zip wire. Therefore, you could consider buying a wire rope zip lines package that is suitable for both children and adults but, again, check things like what is the minimum recommended age for a child to use this type?   


If your garden does not slope you may feel that this would limit the usage of wire rope zip lines. Not at all, as the start point of the system can be set at a greater height than the finishing point. 


Just because you may not have a tree in your garden will not prevent you from installing a system. There are suppliers of suitable mounting poles/frames to be set up at the start and finish points. 


Hopefully, the above has provided you with a few pointers to bear in mind when purchasing one of these systems.


Feel free to ask us any questions, We sell pre packaged Zip Line Kits or we can Fabricate any Diameter Wire Rope or any Length to suit your specific Zip Wire Needs.



3rd February 2013


'Wire Rope Grips'


Wire rope grips are also known as bulldog grips, cable clips and wire rope clamps.


Here at The Wire Rope Shop, we sell Commercial Wire Rope Grips, Simplex Wire Rope Grips, Duplex Wire Rope Grips, Wire Rope Grips to Din1142 and Wire Rope Grips to Din 741 in Stainless Steel and a Hot Dipped Galvanised Finish.


They are designed to be used to create an eye at the end of steel wire rope where it is not practical to use splicing or socketing and can add support to the structure of the rope either without or with utilizing a thimble. They may also be used if a temporary joint is needed. From a safety point of view, a wire rope grip should not be used for lifting loads. 


Riggers use a number of fittings and, if these grips are used incorrectly, it is claimed that they can be very dangerous. When following the procedure to tighten the wire rope grips to the steel wire rope you must be careful that the bolts are tightened enough so that there is no slipping. Equally, you must take great care that you do not over-tighten the bolts otherwise this will result in the steel wire rope being crushed.


You must follow the manufacturers instructions fully. For instance, the number of wire rope grips that you should use will vary dependent upon the size of the steel wire rope. As a minimum you will need to use three grips and they will have to be spaced a certain distance apart when being tightened to the rope. It is vital that the saddles should be on the “live” section of rope with the U-bolt creating pressure on the rope tail that is not as heavily laden. BS:462 explains the tightening and assembly process. 

Wire rope grips should not be used on guys or stays that need to be re-located and then re-fastened. This is due to the crushing effect of the U-bolt on the wire rope. You should also not use them on rope that has been damaged by the grips even if they have been straightened out. 


It is also important that, after a few hours use, the wire rope grips must be re-tightened. Furthermore, periodically, they should be checked. When wire rope grips are correctly fitted it is estimated that they are capable of holding a minimum of 80% of the lowest breaking load of the steel wire rope.


Other points to bear in mind are that you should not use wire rope grips that are not the correct size and that have been put under strain. You should also not use a wire rope grip to connect two rope lengths that are straight.

Hopefully, the above provides a few things for you to consider when using wire rope grips.


27th January 2013


'Wire rope swaging'


Wire rope swaging is a method of terminating wire rope on a permanent basis by deforming or forging a metal ferrule or metal sleeve over the rope ends. Both the ferrule and the wire rope are tightly secured together by way of the mechanical bond that is created by the process. It is actually possible to either securely join two wire ropes or just terminate a single wire rope.


In addition to providing an extremely secure join between two wire ropes it is also worth noting that wire rope swaging has an additional benefit of stopping wire rope ends from becoming unravelled. Wire ropes are manufactured in the same way that rope using natural fibres are in so much as many bundles of thin wire are twisted together to create one extremely strong cable. 


However, the finished structure results in some tension being created causing the wire rope to become unravelled or to become frayed as a result of the ends of the wire rope being exposed. Wire rope swaging avoids the cable weakening that would have presented a significant safety hazard that could, potentially, cause serious injuries when you consider the weight of many of the objects wire rope is used to lift or tow. 


Wire rope swaging is usually performed by utilising tools that are either hydraulically operated or using hand operated tools. The sockets, sleeves and ferrules that are used as part of the cable swaging process are designed specifically for this purpose.

In the case of swaging a single wire rope, a hollow socket of the appropriate size to go over the diameter of the rope is used. One end of the socket is closed and the other end is open. The open end of the socket, that is normally constructed of either aluminium, copper or stainless steel, is placed over the end of the wire rope with the swaging process then taking place. This process stops the rope from becoming unravelled and provides a safe, smooth end to the wire rope.


The hydraulic equipment used for wire rope swaging usually has a variety of sizes of jaw cut-outs as well as several sets of swaging heads enabling wire rope of various thicknesses to be swaged. Generally speaking, hand held tools designed for swaging are used on the thinner wire rope and mechanically operated tools are used on cable of a larger diameter, usually 5mm upwards.


Please email on for a tailor made wire rope swaging quote. Sales@WireRopeShop.co.uk


21st January 2013


'Wire Rope Lubrication' 


If you require your wire rope to last for a reasonable period of time you will need to take care of it, with one of the ways of doing this being to ensure that it is re-lubricated in the correct manner. You will find that wire rope that has a fibre core is simpler to lubricate than one just manufactured from steel. 

In fact, wire ropes are actually lubricated whilst being manufactured. For wire rope with a fibre core centre a petroleum or mineral oil lubricant will be used with the core absorbing the lubricant that acts as a reservoir for future lubrication during the lifetime of the wire rope. For steel wire rope, the grease or oil type of lubricant will be pumped into a stream before the process that twists all the wires creating a strand ensuring that all the wires are covered with lubricant.


Why lubricate wire rope? 

There are two reasons why your wire ropes should be lubricated: -

  • Friction would be reduced when each wire moves over another one.
  • To stop corrosion and lubricate not only the outer surface but also any wires inside and the core.

During the life of wire ropes the original lubricant is gradually lost due to the cables being stretched and bent and, in the case of fibre core wire rope, the cables tend to dry out as evaporation causes heat. 


Types of wire rope lubricant

The two types of lubricant used to lubricate wire ropes are coating and penetrating. A coating lubricant will slightly penetrate as well as seal the cable’s exterior from any moisture resulting in a reduction in fretting and wearing corrosion as a result of coming into contact with outside materials. A penetrating lubricant incorporates a petroleum solvent that takes the lubricant right into the wire rope’s core when it then will evaporate. This results in a film of heavy lubricant remaining to provide the protection and lubrication for every strand.


Both coating and penetrating lubricants should be used on your wire ropes making sure that the core is adequately lubricated as wire ropes tend to deteriorate from within. Using a combination of both types of lubricants is strongly recommended to provide the best results. Lubricants for wire ropes could be vegetable oil based, petroleum oil, asphaltic, petroleum or grease. 


Ensuring that your wire ropes are correctly re-lubricated will no doubt extend their life span.



14th January 2013


'Wire rope reduces accidents and deaths on roads'



At least 30 countries around the world are utilising wire rope in an effort to reduce accidents and deaths on their road networks and statistics show that they are working.


Brifen wire rope safety fences that are used on motorways, dual carriageways and roads were first introduced into the United Kingdom as far back as 1972, reaching Australia twenty years later in 1992 and arriving in the United States of America in 2000. These wire rope fences are seen to provide a very efficient use of this type of material that is forgiving in its structure providing sufficient elasticity that is capable of cushioning the impact of a vehicle and then redirecting the particular vehicle in a safe and controlled manner. 


It is felt by some that this form of safety barrier is a huge step forward in the design of safety fencing when compared with other more traditional forms of central reservation safety barriers. 


It is also believed to be cheaper to install, repair and maintain than many other safety barrier constructions that, in the current economic climate, will no doubt be welcomed by many governments. The cost of supplying and installing a single sided wire rope barrier system is said to be competitive with other single sided systems but cheaper for safety barrier systems that are double sided.


For instance, these costs are said to be lower because this type of safety fence is simple and quick to erect and does not even need any form of specialist tools or particular heavy mechanical equipment to install. The same applies when it comes to repairing it.


Brifen wire rope safety fences utilise wire ropes that interweave the two lower wire ropes between the posts with this design providing outstanding strength. Each of the ropes is made up of twenty-one wires that are manufactured from high tensile carbon steel. Each of those wires provides a breaking load of in excess of one tonne and is able to lift the weight of a normal saloon car. When the vehicle hits the safety fence the kinetic energy is absorbed by both the posts which collapse and the wire rope. The vehicle is then guided along the stretch of wire rope safety fencing until it comes to a halt.


This particular wire rope safety fence system has been crash tested to standards in Sweden, France, USA and the UK being the only fence that has been “verge tested” with a sheer fall that is immediately at the back of the fence.  In 30 years of usage there have been no deaths recorded in any of the 30 countries it is installed in. Furthermore, it is believed that any injuries suffered by people are not as severe nor is the damage to vehicles as great as with other types of road safety barriers.





Long may wire rope safety fences continue to do their job effectively.



.5th January 2013

'World-renowned explorer to use Wire Ropes on hazardous expedition'


Sir Ranulph Fiennes is shortly to embark on what may well be the most strenuous challenge he has ever had to face - a winter journey crossing the Antarctic. This trek, that is scheduled to commence on 21st March 2013, is commonly referred to as “The Coldest Journey on Earth” and is extremely hazardous for obvious reasons.



Because of the inherent dangers it is vital that Sir Ranulph Fiennes has access to the most up to date equipment available to improve his chances of success on this epic journey. He may well be very experienced at taking on unusual expeditions but he is also an individual whom, with the support of his knowledgeable team, is a detailed planner not leaving anything to chance.

To assist him he has numerous sponsors from around the Commonwealth. Renowned manufacturers of fine quality steel wire ropes of varying construction including both fibre and steel wire rope are to be supplied. They are to provide the explorer and his team with thirty-four Steelite fibre ropes to aid them on their strenuous travels across the Antarctic.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes already holds the world record for being the very first individual to fully make a crossing over Antarctica on foot. On this occasion he is to be accompanied by five individuals as they all attempt to travel a formidable 2,000 miles over a period of six months crossing the polar plateau.  


This extraordinary expedition will need to bring 20,000 litres of fuel and this cargo of fuel will be towed using the Steelite fibre ropes that the company has very kindly donated. The company was established back in 1924 following the amalgamation of a number of wire rope manufacturers.

The company’s Chief Executive Jon Templeman felt that it was a great honour to support Sir Ranulph Fiennes on such an expedition and that the strenuous conditions the fibre ropes will be subjected to will show the quality of them. The expedition will, of course, no doubt provide the company with a significant amount of publicity for their range of steel wire and fibre rope.


Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on the 7th March 1944 and holds an OBE. He spent eight years in the British Army. He has undertaken a variety of explorations and holds numerous endurance records. In 2009, at the ripe old age of 65, he actually climbed to Mount Everest’s summit – no mean feat. The Guinness Book of World Records claim that Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the greatest living explorer in the world.


21st December 2012

The Wire Rope Shop will not be sending any orders out over the Christmas Period (22/12/2012-02/01/2013), 

Our Webshop will still be taking orders of all Wire Rope, Chain, Fasteners, Eye Bolts and everything else thats available online.

We will be back on Wednesday 3rd January 2013. We wish you a happy christmas and a very happy new year.



16th December 2012


We are delighted to launch our blog and tell you about all the types of Wire Rope, Chain and Fasteners we have avaialble, what is going on behind the scenes here at The Wire Rope Shop and stories and histories of some of our products.


We now stock a larger range of products, not only are we Wire Rope Specialists, But we now stock a huge variety of Chain, Fasteners and Rigging in Galvanised, Self Colour and Stainless Steel


Here is a quick List of our current products for 2013.


Our Stock Strands of Wire Rope are 


-Galvanised 7x7 Wire Rope

-Galvanised 1x19 Wire Rope

-Galvanised 7x19 Wire Rope

-Galvanised 6x19 Fibre Core Wire Rope

-Galvanised 6x7 Fibre Core Wire Rope

-Stainless Steel 7x7 Wire Rope

-Stainless Steel 7x19 Wire Rope

-Stainless Steel 1x19 Wire Rope


We also now stock a range of Wire Rope Tools and Cutters so you easily manage your projects on site.



Our New Chain Product Range 


-Galvanised Steel Chain

-Self Colour Steel Chain

-Stainless Steel Chain

-PVC Covered Wire Rope

-Zinc Plated Chain

-Spiked Steel Chain

-Lifting Chain

-Towing Chain

-Chain Cutters.


Our New Range of Eye Bolts


-Dynamo Eye Bolts

-BS4278 Eye Bolts

-Longshank Collared Eye Bolts.

-Gate Eye Bolts

-Ring Eye Bolts

-Stainless Steel Din580 Eye Bolts

-Zinc Plated Din580 Eye Bolts

-Lifting Eye Bolts

-Gate Eye Bolts

-Eye Nuts to Din 582

-Lifting Eye Nuts

-Dynamo Eye Nuts

-Stainless Eye Nuts




-Alloy Steel Clevis Hook

-Lifting Hooks

-Grade 80 Lifting Hooks

-Boat Hooks

-Carbine Hooks

-Grab Hooks

-Pelican Hooks

-Sail Snap Hooks

-Tack Hooks

-Swivel Hooks

-Panic Hooks

-Winch Hooks


Lashing Equipment


-Recessed Lashing Ring on Plate

-Ring on Plate

-Staple Eye Plate

-Triangular Lashing Ring

-Trailer Rings

-Ratchet Straps


Pins and Links


-Trailer Pins

-Cotter Pins

-Linch Pins

-R Clips/R Pins

-Sword Pins

-Tow Bar Hitch Pins


Quick Links


-Split Connecting Links

-Quick Repair Links

-Chain Links

-Mending Links

-Delta Links




-Countersunk Flush Pin Shackles

-Bow Shackles

-BS 3032 Shackles

-D Shackle

-Lifting Shackles

-Long Shackles

-Towing Shackles

-US Federal Specifiaction Shackles

-Wide Shackles


Rigging Screws and Turnbuckles


-Eye and Eye Turnbuckles

-Eye and Jaw Turnbuckles

Jaw and Jaw Turnbuckles

-Jaw and Jaw Rigging Screws


Our Products span a variety of Trades and Industries from Chandlery, Ironmongery, Fencing Equipment, Rigging Gear, Lifting Gear and many more categories.