The main reasons for using cable pullers are efficiency and safety. Pullers are available in manual and electric versions, and the size of the job often determines which type is used. A small DIY renovation around the house probably calls for a manual puller, while a large commercial project likely requires electric pullers due to time constraints and safety requirements. Other considerations are cable quantity and pull weight requirements.
Experienced contractors can tell you that proper tools, properly used, help to avoid injuries. On large commercial jobs, manually pulling the cables, even with a tool assist, can be risky. Correctly rated electric cable pullers protect the worker and the cable.
Large Jobs Call for Electric Tools
Many commercial tool suppliers in northern Illinois offer a wide selection of electric pullers perfect for commercial jobs requiring large quantities of cable to be pulled. The aim is to reduce variation in pull force that occurs when pulling cable by hand. It is recommended that any pull requiring over 80 pounds of force be power pulled. Steady, consistent pull helps reduce stress on the cable while increasing efficiency. Electric pullers now come in pulling capacities ranging from 1,200 pounds to 5 tons. Also, look for variable-speed motors for better control.
How Much Cables Do You Need to Pull?
Before you start the job, you need to determine approximately how much cable needs to be pulled and the weight of that cable. The rope-pull capacity should always exceed the necessary force required to complete the job. You also need to decide whether multiple cables need to be pulled into the same conduit. When choosing an electric pull system, look for factory spliced rope ends and well-fitted parts.
Auxiliary Equipment to Consider
For a simple DIY job at home, a basic electric pull system of rope, winch, and the motor will suffice. Large commercial jobs require additional equipment to increase efficiency. Consider cable feeders if the job calls for multiple cables to go into one conduit. Cable grips, lubricants, and force gauges are other items you may need.
You have many options when choosing electric pulling equipment. At Build It Right in Addison, IL, we can help you choose the ones that best suit your project.