Finding the right equipment for a project can be a difficult endeavour — this is even more true for a specialised area such as a cable laying. The difficult task is an essential part of a building, delivering power cables, telecommunications cables and fibre optic cables. Moreover, setbacks from unsuitable, broken or simply forgotten cable laying equipment can cause economic pressure and timeline setbacks from the lost productivity.
There are a few bits of gear that we believe every tradesman should have in the back of his ute and we’ve put them together in a checklist you can reference when new jobs come through.
At Winch Hire Australia, we pride ourselves on having tested, quality and reliable cable laying equipment that will serve our customers safely through work. If you need to restock your work vehicle, you know who to come to.
Let’s get started.
1. Cable Pulling Rope
Not all ropes offer the same durability. We have taken out the guesswork by selecting three cable pulling ropes that are specifically designed for cable laying and hauling operations. These have been used successfully in major projects including the NBN rollout.
We have you sorted with pulling ropes that are either twisted or braided and made from nylon or polypropylene. They have breaking strain capacities of 3 tonnes, 4 tonnes and 6 tonnes and come in a variety of lengths from 70 metres all the way up to 1,000 metres.
2. Cable Roller
A cable roller is an ideal solution for guiding and protecting cables as they navigate during installation. They are available in a huge range of sizes, combinations and patterns with slight variations designed to suit a specialised use. Our range includes fold base flat, dogbone, cable tray, cable trench and split duct rollers. Their robust aluminium cast, low profile and smooth ball bearing rolling action make them a versatile tool during cable laying operations.
3. Cable Snatch Block
A cable snatch block or cable sheave is designed to minimise wear and tear on cables that are hung from a height. They feature strong aluminium construction with a swivel mechanism that allows an operator to easily change direction and side openings for cable removals. Our range covers load capacity from 0.2 Tonne to 3.6 Tonnes so we have something to suit every job, big and small.
4. Cable Slipper
A cable slipper has a similar purpose to a cable roller — it’s used to minimise cable damage by smoothly guiding it along its path — but it’s specifically used over the edge of a manhole, trench or pit. Winch Hire Australia has two types of cable slippers: pivoting slipper cable guide and hinged slipper cable guide. They are compact, lightweight and portable so perfect for use on-site. There are a variety of sizes to suit cable diameters of 50mm, 80mm, 100mm, 125mm and 150mm. Speak to our team to find out what’s best for you.
5. Cable Snake
Cable management is critical to keeping materials organised, which is where a cable snake comes in handy. Winch Hire Australia has a range of TIGEROD continuous fibreglass rodders, also known as cable snakes, on a convenient dispenser. Our extensive range can suit a variety of lengths and rod diameters. Dispensers have a hand-operated brake for safety and ease of use your team will appreciate.
6. Cable Sock
Pulling multiple cables at the same time through a duct is challenging without a cable sock. This simple piece of cable laying equipment is designed to haul power, telecommunications data, fibre optic and coaxial cables through conduits, cable trays, trenches and overhead poles.
There’s a variety of sizes to suit your needs, including lace-up socks, ranging from 9mm to 126mm. High quality galvanised steel wire is carefully weaved to ensure there are no loose or frayed wires at the tail end.
If you want to keep your cables organised, add cable socks to your checklist.
7. Cable Hauling Swivel
A cable hauling swivel is a highly recommended accessory for all cable handling jobs to minimize cable and rope twisting damage. Swivels are placed between hauling rope and cable grip and can be used with all types of power and data cables.
Design for durability, our swivels are made with sealed bearings and are precision machined from high-grade steel. Having achieved a NATA certified 3:1 safety factor, they’re a great tool for any worksite.
Winch Hire Australia has four sizes complete with 4 bow shackles so you can get straight to work.
Never Be Caught Without Cable Laying Accessories
If this checklist has reminded you of the essential cable laying accessories missing from your kit, get in touch with the friendly team at Winch Hire Australia. With over 20 years of experience, our reliable gear and outstanding service keep our customers coming back. Learn what we can do for you today by calling 07 3376 2888 or use our contact form.