Wire rope is cut after being properly seized (Fig. 26). Cutting is a reasonably simple operation provided appropriate tools are used. There are several types of cutters and shears commercially available, which are specifically designed to cut wire rope.

Portable hydraulic and mechanical rope cutters are available. In remote areas, however, it may be necessary to use less desirable cutting methods. For example, using an axe or hatchet must be recognized as dangerous.

Figure 26. Seizings, either on non-preformed or preformed wire rope, are applied before cutting.

Seizing Wire Rope

Proper end seizing while cutting and installing, particularly on rotation resistant ropes, is critical. Failure to adhere to simple precautionary measures may cause core slippage and loose strands, resulting in serious rope damage. Refer to the table for established guidelines. If core protrusion occurs beyond the outer strands, or core retraction within the outer strands, cut the rope flush to allow for proper seizing of both the core and outer strands.

In the absence of proper seizing wire or tools, the use of sufficiently-sized hose clamps is acceptable.