This tool (C4031631) can be used to pickup loads and carry 250 Amps at 15kV. Rubber gloves should be worn while installing. The head has a floating washer to minimize conductor damage as the jaws are installed. The contacts are spring loaded and can be closed by pulling an insulated lanyard, putting the operator away from the tool during pickup operations. The contacts cannot be teased closed.
The tool cannot be used as a load-break tool as the operator cannot open the contacts while the tool is on the conductor. A fiberglass rod, attached to the end of the lanyard, is used to recock the contacts, but because it must be inserted through the head of the tool, the lineman must remove the tool from the conductor before recocking. An orange-tinted clear Lexan® housing permits easy visual inspection. A nylon handguard is used to keep the lineman’s hand away from the energized area. By simply removing two screws in the handguard, the tool can be disassembled for inspection and maintenance. All current carrying parts are copper or copper alloy and contacts are silver plated.
The recommended 15kV jumper cables for this tool are #2 and 1/0. It is recommended that the Load-Pickup Tool be inspected and cleaned after 25 operations or after 90 days. Clean all plastic parts with a soft cloth, damp with ethyl alcohol only.
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