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Cross Clamps for Wire Rope

For the stability and aesthetics of the cable system, it makes sense to fasten the cables together at the crossing points. It also makes sense to put a wall mount there. But this can get very expensive if the trellis grid is 'cable dense' (that is, has many cables in a close arrangement). For that reason, 'floating clamps' without a wall connection  -- 'cross clamps' -- were developed. They allow wire ropes or trellis rods to be fastened together and prevent ropes "rubbing" against each other. We offer cable clamp elements varying in stability, aesthetics, and price, and you can find them listed here. Crossheads, for the making of wall mounts, are discussed elsewhere. Learn below which "mesh sizes" match with which cross clamps and how to use them with metal rods in a cable system. >>> Price list

Assortment: Cross Clamps

For various rope diameters, Fassadengrün has corresponding cross clamps, such as: SK 01515 (1.5-2 mm), SK 03012 (3 mm, available in AISI 304 and AISI 316), and SK 04015 (3-4 mm). They all have a graceful build but provide sufficiently strong holding strengths/clamping forces for your plant climbing systems. SK 03420 is suitable for security-relevant applications; due to the M10 thread, even stronger holding strengths are possible. There are SK 03099 and SK 03006 as more economical options; here, the crosses are not screwed but pressed with pliers... later corrections are then rarely possible at the cross point. The connector SK 34515 is particularly suitable for combinations of cable and rods because, with two separate grub screws, strong holding strengths are made possible. Most cable cross clamps are made of stainless steel A2; only SK 03420 and SK 03006 are made of A4.

Advantages Over the Far East Cross Clamps

FassadenGrün cross clamps have a greater holding strength compared with similar products imported from Asia, primarily due to the shallow depth of our threaded holes, which are flush with the deeper cross grooves (see photo), creating no significant height offset. Nevertheless, the work to form the internal thread deeply enough makes it more difficult and expensive to manufacture. Then, because no concave pressure for the ropes arises, they do not undergo any deformation and are held firmly by the cable clamps. however, because they are clamped on an anvil without being concave.

Large Mesh Sizes

With large distances from intersection to intersection, i.e. large 'meshes' of more than about 1 square meter, use a (wall-connected) cross mount instead of a floating cable clamp: See cable system 5030 as an example. 

Medium Mesh Sizes

For mesh sizes well under 1 square meter, all points on the outer contours of the system are fitted with (wall connected) cross mounts; but inside the field, use floating cross clamps at cable intersections. See cable system 5040.

Small Mesh Sizes

With mesh sizes of 30 x 30 cm and smaller, cross mounts on the edge of the field can also be exchanged for free-floating cross clamps. See this under cable system 5050.

Architectural Cables and Rods

If trellis rods of 4 or 5 mm are used to stabilise your cable system, they can be fastened with SK 03420 or SK 34515 - either to connect rods to each other or to connect rods with 3 or 4 mm cables.  (Links to product sheets on the left.)

Help During Assembly (Cable Cross Clamps as Mounting Aids)

Floating cross clamps can also facilitate the mounting of certain cable systems by serving as a temporary support, where the mounting starts with the outer frame (for example with 4020 and 7040). Instead of the two recommended vices, only one is then needed, and the other can be replaced by a floating cross clamp. If the respective kit does not already contain one or more cross clamps, a matching one can be ordered.

Large climbing fields on a soundwall (noise barrier) with SK 03012
Architectural ropes on a soundwall (noise barrier)
Rope and climbing rod, 4 mm with SK 03420. For climbing staffs: D= 5 mm are used, connector SK 34515
Stainless steel cross clamps
Climbing rope for clematis, small mesh size. Here, economical clamps SK 03099 are applicable.
"Architectural wire rope" for clematis
Assortment of cross clamps for architectural cables, in two lines, from left to right: SK 01515, SK 03012, SK 04015, SK 03420, SK 03006, SK 03099, SK 34515
Cross clamps for wire rope
Comparing SK 03420 (top left) with a cross clamp from the Far East: FassadenGrün basic hole and deeper groove are nearly flush, so there is no significant height offset.
Comparison of cross clamps
Big mesh sizes, only cross mounts and no (floating) cross clamps
Wire rope intersections
Middle mesh sizes, architectural wires (stainless steel) on insulation, SK 04015
Architectural wires made of stainless steel
Middle mesh sizes on a carport with SK 03012
Wire rope for carports
Architecture cables with small mesh sizes, climbing field for clematis. For such a large number of cable crossings, press cross clamps SK 03006 are ideal.
Dense, stainless steel wire rope