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How to Clean, Lubricate and Inspect Your Wire Grips

A Guide to Maintaining Wire Grips & Ensuring Safety in Utility Applications

Power and Utilities | Rigging | by Christie Lagowski | Jun 30, 2020


Wire Grip

To keep your wire grips in good working condition, it’s important that you properly clean, lubricate and inspect your wire grips on a regular basis. This will help prevent issues and potential accidents out in the field.

Follow the procedures below to ensure your grips are properly cared for.

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Cleaning and Lubrication

  • Step 1: Clean the surfaces of the grip jaws using a cloth or round wire brush.
  • Step 2: Spray all joints and moving parts, including the jaws, with degreaser. Then, use a round wire brush to remove any dirt from the jaws.
  • Step 3: Once clean, wipe the wire grips until they are dry. If grips are still dirty, repeat steps as needed.
  • Step 4: Lubricate all joints and any moving parts. The surfaces of the grip jaws should not be lubricated.

 

Wire Grip Inspection

To inspect the wire grip:

  • Step 1: Carefully examine the jaws for clogged, damaged, or missing teeth.
  • Step 2: Check that the jaws and other parts of the grip are aligned to ensure that there is no distortion.
  • Step 3: Open and close the grip to ensure it completely and smoothly opens and closes.
  • Step 4: Finally, check all other parts and joints for any distortion and/or wear.

 

During the inspection, if you find that the grip is bent or distorted, it should be thrown away and replaced. It should NOT be repaired. 

Columbus McKinnon offers a large selection of hoist and rigging products designed for utility transportation and distribution applications. Learn more.

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Download Your Guide to Maintaining Wire Grips

To keep your wire grips in good working condition, it’s important that you properly clean, lubricate and inspect your wire grips on a regular basis. Follow the procedures in this guide to ensure your grips are properly cared for.

Christie Lagowski

Christie Lagowski is a Communications Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation. She has 6 years of experience marketing hoists and rigging products as well as crane systems and components. Christie has marketed a variety of industrial products, ranging from lifting solutions to glass technology as well as health and safety products.

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