how to reeve a crane block


Reeving a crane block is the process of threading wire ropes or cables through the sheaves (pulleys) and reeving points of a crane’s block assembly. Proper reeving is essential for the safe and efficient operation of the crane. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reeve a crane block:

Note: This is a general guide, and the specific steps may vary depending on the type and design of the crane block. Always refer to the crane manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for your particular crane.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Crane block assembly
  • Wire ropes or cables
  • Proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Crane operator’s manual (for guidance)
  • Hand gloves
  • Wire rope clips
  • Thimbles (if required)
  • Wire rope lubricant (if required)

Steps to Reeve a Crane Block:

  1. Inspect the Wire Ropes:
    • Before reeving, inspect the wire ropes for any signs of damage, such as broken strands, kinks, or excessive wear. Replace any damaged ropes with new ones.
  2. Choose the Reeving Configuration:
    • Determine the reeving configuration based on the crane’s load capacity, type of load, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Common configurations include single-part, double-part, and multiple-part reeving.
  3. Prepare the Wire Ropes:
    • Cut the wire ropes to the appropriate lengths, ensuring that they are free from defects and properly lubricated if required. Attach thimbles if needed to prevent kinking and wear at connection points.
  4. Put on PPE:
    • Wear the necessary personal protective equipment, including gloves and safety glasses, to protect yourself during the reeving process.
  5. Thread the First Rope:
    • Begin by threading the first wire rope through the appropriate sheaves and reeving points on the crane block assembly according to the chosen reeving configuration. Refer to the crane operator’s manual for guidance on the correct path.
  6. Secure the First Rope:
    • Once the first rope is threaded, secure it in place using wire rope clips or other appropriate methods as specified by the manufacturer. Ensure that it is properly tensioned and free from twists or kinks.
  7. Thread Additional Ropes (if applicable):
    • If using a multiple-part reeving configuration, continue threading the additional ropes through the sheaves and reeving points, following the correct path and securing them as you go.
  8. Check Reeving Alignment:
    • Verify that all wire ropes are properly aligned in the sheaves and reeving points to prevent any binding or twisting during crane operation.
  9. Apply Lubricant (if necessary):
    • If recommended by the manufacturer, apply wire rope lubricant to the ropes to reduce friction and extend their lifespan.
  10. Inspect the Entire Reeving Assembly:
    • Conduct a thorough visual inspection of the entire reeving assembly to ensure that all wire ropes are correctly threaded, properly secured, and free from defects.
  11. Load Testing (if required):
    • If significant changes have been made to the crane’s reeving configuration or if it’s a new installation, perform load testing as per the manufacturer’s guidelines and relevant safety standards to verify the crane’s performance.
  12. Operate the Crane:
    • After confirming that the reeving is correct and secure, operate the crane in a controlled and safe manner, following all safety procedures and guidelines.

Reeving a crane block should be done meticulously to ensure the safety of crane operators and workers on-site. If you are not familiar with the specific crane model or reeving process, it is strongly recommended to consult the crane manufacturer’s instructions or seek assistance from a qualified crane technician or engineer to ensure proper reeving and safe crane operation.

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