How to Use Wire Rope Clips

By Christine Halvorsen • 12.08.21
Category Articles & How-To's > Rigging and Lifting  u-bolt clamp  u-bolt clip  wire rope clip  wire rope clips 

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Wire rope clips work great to create a load bearing eye at the end of your wire when used with wire rope thimbles.  

While these clips are not designed to be used in an overhead lifting situation (swage sleeves should be used instead), wire rope clips are heavy-duty wire rope clips that used for sustaining overhead loads. Examples include guy lines, support lines, scaffolding, etc.

U.S. Cargo Control offers two types of clips: standard (or U-Bolt) and fist-grip (or "double saddle"). Our line includes high-quality clips that work for any situation, including:

NOTE: Before using these products, start by inspecting the wire rope for any wear and abuse. These products are NOT to be used for making slings

How to Install a Wire Rope Clip

  1. Wrap the wire rope around the thimble to form the eye, and turn the remainder of the rope back.
  2. Install the first clip at the dead end side of the rope. The "U" side of the clip must always cover the dead end of the rope, and the "saddle" side of the clip on the live end of the rope. Place the nuts of the clip and tighten them using a torque wrench.
  3. Next, apply the second clip and place it as close to the eye loop as possible. Same application for the clip. Tighten the nuts of the clip with a wrench. (If you're planning on using more than two clips, do not tighten the nuts on the clip.)
  4. Place more clips on the rope if you need more than two on the wire rope. Be sure to space them evenly between the end clips. Finally, tighten the end clips and apply tension to reach the recommended torque for the wire rope.

Rope Clips: Do's & Don't's

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