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Difference in Rope Sheave and Wire Rope Sheave What is the difference between Rope Sheaves and Wire Rope Sheaves. Can you we use Rope Sheaves for Wire Rope? Difference between bronze bush and bearing. Do we need some other bearing for bronze bushing?


Rope Sheaves are for fibrous rope. They have a full radius or groove.
Wire rope Sheaves are “v” grooved, cradling the wire rope to prevent it from coming out of the groove.
Suncor wire rope sheaves are up to 3/8” Maximum diameter.
Suncor Rope sheaves go up to 1” rope.
Wire rope is not as flexible as regular rope, so it is not advisable to use wire rope in a regular rope sheave, because it will force the wire rope to bend around too tight a radius. This can cause it to bunch up, and unwind.
Ball Bearing Sheaves are used on a continuous run situation, constant revolutions.
Bronze Bushings are more durable and can withstand a heavier load, but are intended for a slower use and not rotating continuously.
Another bearing is not necessary for use along with the bronze bushing. We use “660 bronze” which is a leaded tin bronze. It allows rotation with very low friction.