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Bright Wire Rope - General Purpose Galvanized Wire Rope - General Purpose
Stainless Steel Wire Rope - General Purpose Stainless Steel Cable
Galvanized Aircraft Cable (GAC Cable) Galvanized Strand Wire
Specialty Wire Rope & Steel Cable
Wire rope is generally composed of 3 different components: the core, the strands, and the wires.  The wires are laid together in a precise geometric pattern to make up the "strand".  The strands are wrapped around the core of the cable to form the wire rope.  There are several classes and styles of wire rope each having its unique advantages and disadvantages to serve the purpose they were created for.  Many sites will offer web prices for wire rope and steel cable but it is wise to call for pricing.  Many sites listing the price have the price inflated to accommodate the market's instability with steel pricing.  By listing our products but having the customer inquire for price allows us to give you better prices as we can get the current market value.
Bright Wire Rope - General Purpose Galvanized Wire Rope - General Purpose
Bright wire rope is a great general purpose cable that is coated with lubricant.  Lubricant is required if the steel cable is to be used as an operating wire rope.  The bright wire rope is ideal for climate controlled environments and is not recommended for high moisture/acidic environments.  For ropes with higher resistance to the elements, try our Galvanized Wire Rope or Stainless Steel Wire Rope.
Galvanized wire rope features a coating of zinc to help prevent rusting.  The galvanized coating of the steel cable helps this cable stand mild moisture environments.  For extreme moisture/acid applications, try our Stainless Steel Wire Rope.  For climate controlled areas, you may want to look at our Bright Wire Rope.
Stainless Steel Wire Rope - General Purpose Stainless Steel Cable
Stainless steel wire rope usually comes in type 304 or 316 stainless.  The difference in these 2 wire ropes is type 316 has an added element called molybdenum for added corrosion resistance.  meant for high moisture/acidic areas, this is the ultimate wire rope for resistance.  For steel cables that are cheaper in price with some corrosion resistance, try our Galvanized Wire Rope.  
Our stainless cable is made to the aircraft industries standards but is NOT certified for aircraft use.  The federal government requires mandated testing of their aircraft cable, which our cable has not been submitted to that testing requirement.  Stainless cable is a great general use cable for sailboat rigging and other marine rigging.  We also sell Galvanized Aircraft Cable.
Galvanized Aircraft Cable (GAC Cable) Galvanized Strand Wire
Galvanized Cable, sometimes called galvanized aircraft cable, is a great, inexpensive all purpose wire rope with many uses.  Used for everything from clothesline wire to boat rigging, this steel cable is made in accordance with International Standard ASTM A 1023 but is NOT certified for aircraft use due to additional federal testing required.  Try our stainless steel cable also.
Galvanized strand wire is used primarily for utility pole stability and other applications that require wire strength and minimal flexibility.  Galvanized to resist corrosion, our strand wire is sold by the foot or coil and is available to ship fast.  See our wire rope category for other general use wire ropes. 
Specialty Wire Rope & Steel Cable
Specialty wire ropes of many profiles and styles.  If you are looking for rotation resistant wire rope, cablelaid wire rope, impact swaged wire rope, or one of many other kinds, this category is for you!  We have wire rope for sand line, drill line, trawl cable, and vinyl coated cable for sale here!
Wire rope and steel cable can vary by many different styles, sizes, and profiles. Here are some of the characteristics you will need to know when looking for the right wire rope:

Diameter - The diameter of the steel cable should be measured at its widest point. A new wire rope will be slightly larger by a slight percentage (approximately 2%) to allow for the normal reduction of diameter when a wire rope is placed under load.

Stranding and Closing - This refers to the direction of the strands and wire are helically laid to form the steel wire rope. The most common are Right Regular Lay, Left Regular Lay, Right Lang Lay, and Left Lang Lay. Please see the diagram below and pay close attention to the direction of the wires and the strands and how they differ. In Regular Lay wire ropes, the direction of the wires are twisted in the opposite direction as the direction of the strands (therefore it will look like the wires run parallel with the length of the wire rope). In Lang Lay wire ropes, the strands and wires are wrapped in the same direction around the core so the wires of the strand will look like they are perpendicular to the length of the steel wire rope.

Grade of the Steel Used - There are common basic grades like IPS, or Improved Plow Steel wire rope. This is the basic standard grade wire rope and is very economical for purchasing. The next step up would be EIPS, or Extra Improved Plow Steel wire rope. This steel rope is approximately 10% stronger than the IPS grade. A newer grade is becoming more and more popular as of late which is EEIPS, or Extra Extra Improved Plow Steel wire rope. This is still in the early stages of popularity so will not be as readily available as the other steel cables.

Finish of the Wire Rope - The finish of the wire rope can vary from bright wire to galvanized wire to stainless steel to vinyl coated wire rope. The bright finish has a self colored finish and usually has a coating of lubricant. The galvanized wire rope will feature a hot dipped zinc coating to help protect the wire rope from the elements. For natural resistance, try the stainless steel wire rope which is very resistant to rust. The surface of the rope will rust but the rust will not accelerate to the core as in a standard bright or galvanized finished steel rope. A vinyl coated wire rope will offer great protection to the wire rope assuming the cable's vinyl cover remains uncut.

Core of the Wire Rope - The core of the wire rope is usually designated by the following abbreviations; FC for Fiber Core, IWRC for Independent Wire Rope Core, and WSC for Wire Strand Core. The fiber core rope can be made of many natural or synthetic materials that are generally softer and make a wire rope more flexible. The wire rope cores offer a stronger wire rope but will lose some of the flexibility of the rope.