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Fiber Optic Cable Pulling Lubricant Selection Guide

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There are a large variety of fiber cable pulling lubricant on the market for different applications, which type should you choose for  your current project? This brief selection guide make this decision much easier for you.

image Polywater Lubricant J

A clean, slow-drying, water-based gel. Lubricant J provides maximum tension reduction in all types of cable pulling. It is especially recommended for long pulls and pulls in a hot environment.

Lube J dries to form a thin lubricating film that retains its slip for months after use. J is a specification-grade lubricant that does not promote flame propagation when used with fire-retardant cables and systems.

It is harmless to humans, environmentally safe, compatible with all common cable jacket materials.

image Polywater Lubricant WJ

Polywater® J is specially formulated for use in temperatures as low as -20°F (-30°C).

image Polywater Lubricant PJ

This is a pourable version of the popular Polywater J. PJ offers the same proven features as Lube J in such key areas as lubricity, cable compatibility, residue fire resistance, and ease of cleanup–yet is easier to apply where pouring is practical.

image Dyna-Blue® Heavy Duty Lubricant

This is a clean, easy-to-apply gel. Its thick "clingability" allows for easy handling and application. Dyna-Blue® combines effectiveness with economy. It is a good lubricant for everyday use in general electrical and telecom applications. Dyna-Blue® is harmless to humans, environmentally safe, compatible with common cable jacket materials.

image Polywater® SPY Lube This is a convenient spray or wipe lubricant for all types of electrical wire and cable. The thin liquid can be applied with a saturated wipe, quart squirt bottle, or other higher volume sprayers. It is compatible with all common cable jackets.
image Polywater® Lubricant WSPY Polywater® Lubricant WSPY (winter grade) is Polywater® SPY specially formulated for use in temperatures as low as -20°F (-30°C).
image Polywater® Lubricant FTTx This is a thin liquid for convenient lubrication when pushing or pulling small cables, using a spray or wipe application. Ideal for fiber drops in the Last Mile environment, and for Category 6 data cables susceptible to the "wet link" insertion loss phenomenon. It is compatible with all common cable jackets.
image Polywater® Lubricant F This is a pourable liquid recommended for long, difficult, fiber optic cable pulls. It is slow drying and leaves a lubricating film after its water base evaporates. F does not stress crack low density polyethylene. It is compatible with all common cable jackets.
image Polywater® Lubricant WF Polywater® Lubricant WF(winter grade) is Polywater® F specially formulated for use in temperatures as low as -20°F (-30°C).
image Polywater® LZ This is a specification-grade gel lubricant formulated specifically for compatibility with low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH/LSHF) cables. Also available in winter-grade version Type.
image Polywater® CLR

This is a transparent lubricant for users who prefer a crystal clear gel in electrical and datacom applications.

image Premise Loop™ Lube This is a clean, colorless gel formulated specifically for compatibility with softer premise cable jackets (including PE). The thick gel is suitable for vertical-up runs, and won’t stain walls or carpet. Remains temperature stable, won’t get thin or runny.
image Network Loop™ Lube This is a liquid formulated for the unique requirements of network cabling. It is asilicone-enhanced lubricant recommended for use with all types of communication cable, including copper, fiber optic, and coaxial. This clean, slow-drying pulling compound offers excellent friction reduction and universal compatibility on all common communication cable types, including low density polyethylene. It coats evenly and clings well to cable.
image Polywater® Plus Silicone™ Type NN Polywater® Plus Silicone™ Type NN is a clean, slow-drying, silicone-based lubricant. Type NN™ offers superior friction reduction and is ideally suited for use with silicone-lined and pre-lubricated duct. Non-stringy Type NN™ pours and pumps easily, and is compatible with common cables. Excellent for pulling through water. Also available in winter-grade version Type WNN™.
image Polywater® Plus Silicone™ Type NB This lubricant has the same characteristics as Type NN™, but also contains thousands of small, frictionless rollers. The rollers have shown additional friction reduction capability in certain long, straight, horizontal pulls of lightweight cable under low sidewall pressure conditions. Also available in winter-grade version Type WNB™.
image Polywater® Lubricant WX This is temperature stable wax-based pulling lubricant that does not liquefy and drop off cables after high temperature exposure. Polywater® WX Wax Lube is clean and slow drying. It leaves less residue in the conduit to block future cable pulls or removal.
image Prelube® 2000 Cable Blowing Lubricant This is a pourable liquid recommended for long, difficult, cable blowing. It is slow drying and leaves a lubricating film after its water base evaporates. It does not stress crack low density polyethylene. It is compatible with common cable jackets.
image Prelube® 5000 Micro-Cable Blowing Lubricant This is a thin liquid recommended for long, difficult, micro-cable blowing. It is slow drying and leaves a lubricating film after its water base evaporates. It does not stress crack low density polyethylene. It is compatible with common cable jackets.
image Polywater® Lubricant A This is a clean, clear, water-based, general purpose liquid lubricant recommended for short-run horizontal cable pulling. Environmentally safe and non-toxic. NOTE: For especially long, hot, or difficult pulls, liquid Polywater® F or PJ is recommended.
image Polywater® Lubricant G This is a clean, clear, water-based, general purpose gel lubricant recommended for all types of short-run cable pulling, including verticals. Environmentally safe and non-toxic. NOTE:For especially long, hot, or difficult pulls, gel-type Polywater® J is recommended.

 

>> Polywater Lubricant Characteristics Chart

Lube Color Liquid or Gel % Solids Lowest Temp Usable Relative Drying Time Relative Stringiness Product Base Non-Staining Universally Cable Compatible Temperature Stable Combustible Dried Residue Relative Cling-ability
J White Gel 3.5-5.5% 20°F Slow High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None High
WJ White Gel 3.5-5.5% -20°F Slow High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None High
PJ White Liquid 1.7-2.3% 20°F Slow High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None Medium
DB Blue Thick Tel 2.5-3.5% 20°F Moderate Low Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes Minimum High
SPY Opaque Yellow Thin Liquid 3.0-4.0% 32°F Fast Low Complex Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes None High
WSPY Opaque Yellow Thin Liquid 3.0-4.0% -20°F Moderate Low Complex Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes None High
FTTx Opaque White Thin Liquid 3.0-4.0% 32°F Fast Low Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes Minimum High
F Orange Liquid 3.0-4.0% 20°F Slow High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None High
WF Orange Liquid 3.0-4.0% -20°F Slow High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None High
LZ Opaque White Gel 3.0-4.0% 20°F Moderate High Complex Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes None High
CLR Clear Thick Gel 3.0% 20°F Moderate Moderate Complex Polymer Gel Yes Yes Yes Minimum High
RL Clear Thick Gel 3.0% 20°F Moderate Low Silicone Enhanced Gel Yes Yes Yes Minimum Moderate
NL White Liquid 2.0% 20°F Moderate Moderate Silicone Enhanced Liquid Yes Yes Yes Minimum Moderate
NN White Liquid 3.0-5.0% 20°F Slow Low Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes Minimum Moderate
NB White Liquid 5.0-7.0% 20°F Slow Low Polymer/Silicone w/Rollers Yes Yes Yes Minimum Moderate
WX Yellow Gel 4.5-6.5% 20°F Slow Low Complex Wax Base Yes Yes Yes Minimum High
P White Liquid 6.0% N/A Slow Low Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes Minimum N/A
PM White Liquid 15-20% N/A Slow Low Polymer/Silicone Yes Yes Yes Minimum N/A
A Clear Liquid 0.3-0.7% 20°F Fast High Simple Polyer/Water Yes Yes Yes Minimum Low
G Clear Gel 0.5-1.5% 20°F Fast Moderate Simple Polymer/Water Yes Yes Yes Minimum Low

 

>> Polywater Lubricant Applications Chart

Lube

Application

J Specification grade. Use for any communications, electrical, CATV, or control cable pull. Especially effective on long, difficult, multi-bend pulls of heavy cable in hot environments. The only proven-safe choice for fire-retardant cables.
WJ Winter grade. Same as "J" but for cold weather. Both "J" and "WJ" may be pumped, hand-applied, or used in the Front End Pack™ bag system.
PJ Same as "J" but for horizontal pulls. Pours and pumps more readily, allowing easier dispersion throughout conduit systems.
DB Formulated for easy hand application. For short- to medium-length pulls of electrical, CATV, data, and communication cable. Ideal for vertical pulls of inside wire.
SPY Very thin, sprayable formula designed for electrical wire and cable. Spray onto cable or into conduit with choice of three applicators, or apply with available saturated wipes.
WSPY Winter grade. Same as "SPY" but for cold weather. Both "SPY" and "WSPY" are for spray or wipe application and employ the latest thin-film lubrication technology.
FTTx Formula designed for "Last Mile" fiber drops. Apply by quart spray or saturated wipe for convenient pulling or pushing of small cables. The saturated wipes are ideal for preventing insertion loss in Cat 6 data cables (also known as "attenuation loss").
F Pourable formula designed for fiber optic cable, but suitable for all communication, data, CATV, and electrical types. Pour or use with the LP-D5 Automatic Drill Pump.
WF Winter grade pourable lubricant for optical cables. Same as "F" but specially formulated for use in cold weather temperatures as low as -20°.
LZ Specification-grade lubricant compatible with low-smoke zero-halogen and low-smoke halogen-free(LSZH/LSHF) cables. Research has shown that most commercially available lubricants are incompatible with LSZH cables.
CLR Transparent lubricant for users who prefer a crystal clear gel in electrical and datacom applications.
RL Formulated specifically for softer premise cable jackets. Use for lightweight fiber-optic, coaxial, and other types of premise data cable pulls, especially vertical, inside wiring where wall and carpet stains must be avoided.
NL Formulated for the unique requirements of network cabling. A silicone enhanced liquid for use with all types of communication cable, including copper, fiber optic, and coaxial (including low density polyethylene).
NN Contains silicone. Use for the longest, toughest, horizontal pulls of any cable. Suitable for silicone-lined and pre-lubricated duct. Best choice for water-filled conduits.
NB Same as "NN" but contains tiny plastic ball bearings. Use for very long, straight pulls of lightweight cable, such as fiber optic cable.
WX A significant improvement over old-style wax lubes that separate with heat and age. Its high cling factor and water resistance make it an excellent choice for pulling cable through water-filled conduits.
P Specially formulated to pre-lubricate conduit before blowing (air-floating), pushing, or pulling cables. Suitable for use with both high air speed (open) and piston (push/pull) type blowing machines.
PM A very thin, highly concentrated cable blowing lubricant specially formulated to aide the installation of micro-cables into micro-tubes.
A For short, straight, horizontal pulls of any cable type in mild temperatures. Pours and pumps easily. For more difficult pulls, use "F" or "PJ."
G Use for short, straight pulls of underground cable or inside wire. Pump, hand apply, or use with the Front EndPack™ bag system. For more difficult pulls, use "J" or "NN."
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