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Contractor hires Greenlee electric capstan winch from Kennards Lift & Shift for laying transmission cables

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article image The Kennards Lift & Shift winch at the Boddington bauxite mine

A Greenlee electric capstan winch was hired from Kennards Lift & Shift in Perth by a contractor to execute a major transmission cable laying project at the Boddington bauxite mine.

Complete Underground Power Installations, subcontracting to Tenix laid 9000 metres of 66KV 90mm copper, steel wired armour lead sheathed cable, of which 2200 metres were pulled through conduit and around bends.

The remaining 6800 metres were laid using a cable laying machine developed by Andrew Gorringe, the firm’s managing director. Andrew explained that the cable was very heavy with 1500m on each drum and weighing 16 tonnes.

Since the winch worked so well the first time, the contractor used it to pull in another 9000 metres of 66KV 150mm cable.

Bolted to a trailer for flexibility on the mine site, the electric capstan winch has a maximum capacity of 8000lb or 3.5 tonne pulling force.

Greenlee electric capstan winches are preferred by mining companies and government utilities thanks to a force gauge, which allows the pulling force to be monitored to avoid overloading.

The winch has a Pelican double braided cable pulling rope, with a breaking strain of four times its maximum rated capacity.

Operating equipment hire centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, Kennards Lift & Shift also offers various cable hauling capstan winches including 240V, 4HP and 9HP petrol, and 11HP hydraulic models.

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