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The following information is intended to assist in the

selection of the proper Wire Tongs for a particular

application and greatest load. Four popular

application methods are shown on these pages.

Figure 1 — Wire Tongs with saddles and wire tong blocks

clamp on holding stick.

Figure 2 — Wire Tong with saddles and swivel wire

tong band on lift stick.

BLOCKS

WEIGHT

30"

B

A

B

WEIGHT

A

Maximum Wire Size and Span

Size

4/0

4/0

4/0

4/0

Span

700

1200

700

1200

(Level Ground)

Copper

(In Feet)

ACSR

Size

4/0

4/0

4/0

4/0

Maximum

Working Load

(lb. per

Conductor)

275

475

275

475

Type

Support

Saddles

Lever Lift

Saddles

Lever Lift

B

1

1

/

2

x 10

1

1

/

2

x 10

1

1

/

2

x 10

1

1

/

2

x 10

A

2 x 12

2

1

/

2

x 12

2 x 12

2

1

/

2

x 12

Pole Diameter (inches)

Epoxiglas

*Based on Tong “B” substantially horizontal. The lower the top saddle is placed below the conductor level, the greater the strain

on Tong “A” and therefore the less load it can support.

Figure

No.

1

2

Span

300

500

300

500

(1) Supports

• Maximum recommended load for Saddles with exten-

sions is 800 lbs.

• Lever Lift will exceed Wire Tong strength when load is

properly applied in line with pole

(2) Working Loads

• Any elevated structure requires an analysis in deter-

mining the load

• When calculations are impractical or unnecessary, and

a pole is slightly higher than neighboring poles, con-

sider total weight of span on each side as maximum

working load

• Does not apply to hilltop structures where special

analysis must be made to determine load

• When working load is greater than that given in the

table for a particular Wire Tong, it will be necessary

to use double Wire Tongs with double-type lever lift,

or use larger Wire Tong

(3) Epoxiglas® Working Loads

• Maximum working loads are based on a pole deflec-

tion of approximately one inch when used in man-

ner shown

• Cantilever values, with a safety factor of more than

two, are: 1-1/2” – 375 ft.-lb.; 2” – 900 ft.-lb.; 2-1/2” –

1500 ft.-lb.; and 3” – 2500 ft.-lb.

• Tensile strength values, with a safety factor more

than two, are: 1-1/2” – 1500 lb.; 2” – 2000 lb.; 2-1/2”

– 2500 lb.; and 3” – 3000 lb.