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  • What Steel cable should I use?

    I finally got a manual for my Enco surface grinder. The table traverse is driven by a steel cable that is wrapped @7 times over a 1.5" (38mm) capstan . I have none of the original cable. The Chinglish manual says the replacement is a 3x19x3x6m cable. I am trying to figure out a suitable alternative. I presume that the 3x19 indicates the cable form and the 6m indicates 6 meters (although 6 meters seems excessively long). I have no idea what the 3 indicates. The capstan grooves look like they will take a max of 5/32" (4mm) diameter cable. So it looks like I will need a very flexible cable. The table weighs over 150 lbs, so I am going to need some strength although it floats on 47 five eighths balls.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on what cable I should use and where I might get it??

    TIA
    Randy
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  • #2
    Go to a chandlers
    ..and have a look what stainless steel cable they have there .

    That's what my friend Alwyn put on his makino tool and cutter grinder a few years ago ..still going strong no failure .

    that's, if you live near the coast.........Which you don't .?

    edit..... you do ..just looked it up .

    all the best.markj
    Last edited by aboard_epsilon; 05-01-2009, 07:38 PM.

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    • #3
      The McMaster-Carr catalog www.mcmaster.com has quite a good writeup on the various types of steel cable.
      See for example www.mcmaster.com/#about-wire-rope/=1oua6p
      Last edited by SGW; 05-01-2009, 08:03 PM.
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      • #4
        http://metalworking.mscdirect.com/CG...PMPXNO=2030235

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        • #5
          I re-did the cables on a couple Kent 6x18 grinders.They both used 3/32" braided stainless which actually measured .135" OD.

          Got it from McMaster.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            I second (and third) Marks suggestion on Stainless and Wierds on braided Stainless. Similar wrap around system on a hand adjusted double headed mitre cutting saw used in plastic window making industry.

            Regards Ian.
            You might not like what I say,but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the responses Guys.

              I like the idea of the stainless braided cable, but I can't find any on the McMaster site. In fact a Google search for braided Stainless steel cable turns up motorcycle cable and jewelry. I an not sure what this braided cable looks like. Is there possibly an other term I should search under?

              I presume I should be looking for uncoated cable?

              Thanks Again

              Randy
              Last edited by randyjaco; 05-02-2009, 11:23 AM.
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              • #8
                Check out your local Ace / True Value hardware store. They should have something to fill the bill, sold by the foot. Isn't garage door cable about that size?

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                • #9
                  Try West Marine for stainless wire. Used in sailboat rigging, life lines etc.

                  Good luck,

                  Rick

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by randyjaco
                    Thanks for the responses Guys.


                    I presume I should be looking for uncoated cable?



                    Randy
                    You need Coated cable
                    Gene

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                    • #11
                      IME 1.5" dia is a bit small for ordinary rigging type wire, suggest you look at wire fishing leader, super flexible compared to rigging wire......... also in nylon covered.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Rick,

                        Being and old sailor any excuse to venture into West Marine is always appreciated. I found some very flexible cable that ought to work fine. Of course West Marine liked it a lot too. (a buck seventy nine a foot). It does fit the capstan well and now I am off to the next opportunity, the magnetic chuck. I started a new thread for that.

                        Many thanks to everyone for their input.

                        Randy
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