The following is an overview of the most common rope types. For general information click here, or select a specific wire rope below for detailed information.

Overhead Crane- and General Purpose Wire Rope types

Class 6×19 IWRC and Fiber CoreWear and crush resistant rope but not very flexible. Used as winch line, boom pendants, boom hoist rope, anchor lines. Also used as hoisting rope on older type overhead cranes. Standard rope for UNI-LOC® Wire Rope Slings.
Class 6×37 IWRC and Fiber CoreFlexible standard hoisting rope for many overhead crane types. One of the most versatile low strength-low cost rope constructions. Also used for larger size UNI-LOC® wire rope slings.
Compac® 6-Strand Die-DrawnCompacted die-drawn rope used as main hoist and boom hoist rope on mobile, tower and crawler cranes and on overhead cranes. Recommended for heavy use or where conditions require a crush resistant type on multi layer drums.
Python® Construct-6High strength 6-strand rope for applications which require a crush resistant rope to be used on multiple layer winding systems. Because constructional stretch is near zero it can be used where a ‘pre-stretched’ rope would be required.
8×19 / 8×26 / 8×36 IWRC Original equipment rope for DEMAG cranes. Available in left- and right hand lay. Also used on many other overhead crane types. Very flexible but requires some extra care during installation. Not crush resistant due to very fine outer wires.
Other (Metric) Overhead Crane Wire RopesClick here for various hard-to-find overhead rope constructions and sizes.
Python® Super 8RSuper-8R is the next step up from regular 8×36 wire rope for overhead cranes with the ability to operate with fleet angles up to 4°. The 8-strand construction provides an excellent combination of flexibility and performance.
Python® Super 8CSuper 8C is a classic ‘upgrade’ rope for all overhead crane types for increased rope service life performance while maintaining the ability to operate with fleet angles up to 4°. The 8-strand construction provides an excellent combination of flexibility, fatigue life and abrasion resistance.
This rope is also the idea choice for container- and port cranes. We can provide this rope in ‘dual-tensile strength’ by which the outer strand wires are made from higher fatigue resistant steel.
Python® Super 8VSuper 8V is an upgrade rope for all overhead crane types which require a stronger rope to increase the crane capacity while maintaining the ability to operate with fleet angles of up to 4°. The 8-strand construction provides an excellent combination of flexibility and abrasion resistance. Also used in looping- or accumulator tower applications.
Python® MultiDeveloped for maximum performance on overhead cranes. This rope features a plastic coated core for extended fatigue life performance and permanent core lubrication. Python® Multi is spin resistant to reduce block twisting on overhead cranes. Recommended for looping- or accumulator tower applications.
Python® Power-9All steel high strength type for overhead cranes. This rope is swage compacted to enhance abrasion characteristic and to reduce sheave- and drum wear. Up to 40% strength increase over standard 6-strand constructions.
Python® UltraUltra high strength type mainly used as high fatigue resistant rope for engineered cable assemblies. Up to 55% strength increase over standard 6-strand constructions. Sensitive to introduced rotation so call before you select this rope for overhead crane applications.

Rotation Resistant and Non-Rotating Wire Rope types

8×19 / 8×36 Spin ResistantOld type spin-resistant construction used primarily in the construction industry. This type has the tendency to break up from the inside and to fail unexpectedly. We believe this is a dubious rope to be used as a spin resistant type and therefore DO NOT RECOMMEND IT TO BE USED.
19×7 Rotation ResistantStandard rotation-resistant rope type mainly used on mobile cranes. NOT to be used with a swivel. If allowed to rotate freely (e.g. single line application) this type will loose between 30% to 40% of its strength. Tends to deteriorate from the inside out due to premature core wire breaks.
Python® Compac 18 Rotation ResistantSame design geometry as 19×7 but due to a larger number of individual wires it is more flexible. The rope is strand compacted to provide for better drum spooling and less mechanical interlocking at the cross-over points. Recommended as standard rope type for Grove-, Terex-, National-, Century- and other US made truck- and mobile cranes. Python® Compac 18 is a rotation resistant rope and should only be used where these demands are low or moderate. NOT to be used in high cycle- high fatigue applications and NOT to be used with a swivel.
Python® Compac 35 Non-RotatingRecommended to be used on tower- and european type mobile cranes. Available in left- and right hand lay as well as in regular- and lang’s lay constructions. Recommended to be used in single line applications. ALLOWED to be used with a swivel.

Galvanized and Stainless Steel so called ‘Aircraft Cable’

Galvanized Cable (Carbon Steel)General purpose flexible cables with a steel core. Available from 1/16″ to 3/8″ diameter for a multitude of applications. These cables are galvanized to better resist corrosion and are not lubricated for a clean appearance.
Stainless Steel Wire Rope and CableSmaller sizes up 1/8″ contain 49 wires, sizes up to 3/8″ contain 133 wire. Made from 302/304 stainless steel.
PVC Coated Galvanized CableSame basic construction as above but is coated with PVC or Nylon and is available in various colours.