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Zip Line Cable Basics

Posted on 19 July 2017

When talking about zip line cable it can be a little confusing especially if you don't know much about cable thickness. For example, our Alien Flier 100 ft zip line kits use 3/16" diameter galvanized steel cable which can withstand weights of up to 250 lbs, while or 150 ft zip line kits and 200 ft kits use 1/8" diameter cable that is rated for up to 275 lbs. Our ZLP specialty kits all use 5/16" which can withstand weight of over 350 lbs!

zip line cable

 

Are you thinking of buying cable separately? All you need is 6 wire rope clips, and a zip line turnbuckle that is the same size as your cable and maybe some tree protector blocks. It is that simple! You just loop that cable around your anchor and secure it with the clips.

Want to know more about cable?We tend to underestimate the load bearing capabilities of the cable, check our this chart to help you along: 

Galvanized Aircraft Cables
Diameter inInches Construction Minimum Break Strength/Lbs. RatedLoad/Lbs. WT. Per100 Ft./ Lbs.
1/16 7 x 7 480 100 .8
3/32 7 x 7 920 180 1.6
1/8 7 x 7 1,700 340 2.8
1/8 7 x 19 2,000 400 2.9
5/32 7 x 7 2,600 520 4.3
5/32 7x 19 2,800 560 4.5
3/16 7x 7 3,700 740 6.2
7/32 7x 19 5,600 1,120 8.6
1/4 7x 19 7,000 1,400
9/32 7x 19 8,000 1,600 13.9
5/16 7x 19 9,800 1,960 17.3
3/8 7x 19 14,400 2,880 24.3

 

If you'd like more information on the weight limit of zip line cable email us at info@ziplinestop.com

 

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  • Nancy: December 16, 2017

    What if we only have one tree? what can be used for stopping point ? Eave of the house?

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