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Item: Aircraft Cable - Vinyl Coated Galvanized Steel - 7 x 19 - Breaking Strength: 9,800 lbs - Length: 500 feet - Cable Diameter: 3/8 inches
Application: Used for pulling and pushing applications - For use with pulleys, sheaves, and winches - NOT for use with aircraft controls - NOT for lifting or suspending of loads
Description: The Vinyl Coated Galvanized Steel Aircraft Cable has a 7x19 construction. The 7x19 construction consists of 1 core cluster of 19 strands of cable surrounded by 6 clusters of 19 strands of cable (see picture of cross section below). This aircraft cable is more flexible than 1x7, 1x19, or 7x7 construction. The aircraft cable is very flexible for creating loops, and has a low fatigue rate for use with pulleys and sheaves.
The cable itself is galvanized, then coated with a vinyl sleeve. While the galvanization supplies durability and weather resistance, the vinyl coating provides the aircraft cable with an extra layer of weather protection. It further guards against damaging the galvanization’s zinc coating, therefore the cable is best suited as a short or long-term safety or securing line that does not experience any wear and tear during use.
Quality: Industrial-use quality and strength - Stronger and more durable than a standard home-use wire rope cable - Manufactured in according to Federal Specification RR-W-410E and A.S.T.M. A 1023/A 1023M, as applicable
Accessories: Use optional thimbles and rope clips (see 'accessories' below table) to secure the wire rope.
Includes: (1) one aircraft cable
WARNING: The name aircraft cable suggests uses in airplanes, however this wire rope cable is NOT for use in aircrafts, nor for lifting or suspending of loads! - This high strength wire rope cable is designed for pulling and securing in construction, industrial and marine applications - Never exceed rated capacity!
When selecting aircraft cable, consider the differences between galvanized and stainless steel aircraft cable. Galvanized wire rope is zinc coated for weather resistance; however, the zinc coating can be damaged from scratches or impacts which can then lead to rust. Furthermore the galvanization does not hold up well to salt water. Consequently galvanized aircraft cable is not as durable for use is environments close to oceans or in marine applications. The galvanized wire rope is therefore best suited as safety or securing lines that do not experience any wear and tears during use or for short-term applications. The galvanized wire rope cable is also available with a vinyl coating which adds a layer of protection against waether and it also guards against any scratching of the zinc coating. In comparison, the stainless steel aircraft cable will not rust even when scratched, however, it is slightly lower in capacity (breaking strength) and it is also much more expensive. This choice is ideal for long-term durability even when exposed to rubbing and scratching.
When using wire rope clips to secure aircraft cable, extreme care must be exercised to make certain they are attached correctly. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or death.
Inspect the wire rope clip nuts before and after each use and re-torque as needed. When loads are applied to the aircraft cable, the wire rope will stretch slightly causing the rope to slip and the termination to come loose, which may cause serious injury or death. Add at least one more clip if a pulley (sheave) is used in place of a thimble. If uncertain, check with the wire rope manufacturer. If more clips are used than specified, proportionally increase the amount of wire rope that is turned back. When the required minimum number of clips is installed in accordance with these written instructions, they will develop up to 80% efficiency when used on right lay wire rope of classes 6x19, 6x36, 7x19, 8x19, 19x7, and cable laid. Drop forged wire rope clips are recommended for use only with steel core aircraft cables.
Select the right wire rope clip for your aircraft cable application:
NEVER use cast malleable wire rope clips for lifting or suspending ANY load.
Match the same size wire rope clip to the same size aircraft cable diameter. For example, use a 3/8" wire rope clip with a 3/8" wire rope aircraft cable.
When working with coated wire cable, ALWAYS:
Install wire rope clips correctly:
Use wire rope clips properly:
Inspect and maintain wire rope clips regularly:
While users often freely interchange the words aircraft cable and wire rope, professional users make the following differentiation: Wire rope is generally used for lifting, aircraft cable is not.