Wire rope manufacturers construct and rate their products to meet a certain standard of strength. If you're in an industrial business that requires the use of wire rope, you should make sure you know what sort of diameter and strength rating is required before you start pricing rope--both for the sake of safety and because these are the factors most likely to influence the cost of the rope.
Things you should consider when calculating wire rope pricing and costs include:
- Wire rope manufacturers charge according to the thickness, weight rating, coating, strand count and length of wire rope being purchased.
- Wire ropes do little good on their own. The proper hardware is necessary to apply their tensile strength.
- Factor the cost of wire rope accessories, which are necessary to properly manipulate the rope, into your wire rope information gathering process.
Understand how wire rope prices vary
Wire rope comes in a variety of widths, strand counts and various coatings to protect it. Expect to pay between $.50 and $1.50 per foot of spooled wire cable, with thicker wire rope running toward the higher end of the range. Also, as with all other products, you tend to pay less per unit when purchasing in a high quantity. Don't forget to factor in the cost of shipping heavy wire rope, too.
Use wire rope pulleys and pullers to get the rope where you need it
Expect to pay anywhere from $5 for a simple sheave to over $50 for a more complicated pulley block. Wire rope pullers and hoists, on the other hand, can cost anywhere from $40 for a relatively light-weight manual model to over $200.
Stock up on wire rope fittings
Having the proper wire rope fittings and hardware is critical to the integrity of your mechanical system. The cost of these fittings varies enormously, depending largely on their size and complexity. For example, wire rope clips and thimbles, used to form loops in the end of a wire rope, can be purchased for anywhere from $1-$15 depending on their diameter and strength rating. More complicated accessories like wire cutters, wedge sockets and swivel hooks can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 on average.