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  Unreeling the rope  
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Technical Information – Installation of Wire Rope
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If you have to cut a rope
Usually, you do not need to re-cut a wire rope. However, you may encounter situations where it becomes necessary to shorten the rope.

Be aware that the following constructions are just lightly preformed and are ALWAYS heat sealed (induction tapering) at the end:

Python® Multi
Python® Super 8, Type R and V
Python® HS 9, Type R and V
Python® Ultra
Python® Lift
Python® Hoist
Python® Compac 35
Python® Compac 18
Python® Elite 12
19x7/19x19 (depending on diameter)

The heat seal, which is sometimes coated with a red plastic material, prevents the rope ends from unraveling. Most Python® constructions are NOT preformed. Cutting without proper care WILL result in permanent damage of the rope.
  In cutting any wire rope special care MUST be taken in seizing the rope end.
Two methods are suggested:
   1) Seizing the rope end with soft iron wire.
   2) Seizing the rope end with hose clamps.

After cutting the rope (see below) it is good practice to braze PYTHON®, 19x7, and 34x7 rope ends to ensure that they don't unravel. Leave the seizings on the rope for added holding strength. Be careful not to damage the seizing while brazing.

We found that blade cutting a rope gives the best results. Be sure to use a cutting blade suitable for the job (We use cutting blades made by 'PFERD-HORSE' type ELASTIC # 80 EHT 230-2 A 24 SG INOX.) Follow the safety precautions for free hand cutting.

Cutting a rope with a torch may result in both uneven ends and damage to the seizing causing the strands to open up.

Rope diameter up to 14 mm (9/16") may be cut with a FELCO C16 hand cutter.
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