What Tools Do I Need To Set Up My Zip Line?

A wrench and a ladder may be needed for zip line installation. The wrench, to tighten down your cable clamps, and a ladder, to reach the height of the cable. Zip lines over 150’ long will also need a tensioning kit for installation. See our installation tools. 


Who Can Set Up A Zip Line?

Zip lines are much easier to setup than most people anticipate. Anyone with basic handyman skills is fully capable of installing a typical zip line. All our zip line kits include installation instructions. We are also happy to provide technical support over the phone at 1-888-476-3701. For extreme lines or commercial applications, please contact us via telephone.


What Does The Speed Rating On The Zip Line Trolleys Mean?

All of our zip line trolleys feature a MPH speed rating. This rating refers to the maximum speed the bearings are capable of handling without overheating or experiencing damage. The speed rating is not an indicator of the actual speed you are likely to see on your zip line. The slope of the ride rather than type of pulley used primarily determines speed. 


Does My Zip Line Require Any Maintenance?

Our zip line kits require very little maintenance. Main items such as the cable and turnbuckles are galvanized which makes them very weather resistant. Oiling your cable is not necessary. To extend the life of your riding gear (pulleys, seats, harnesses, etc.) we recommend storing them in a dry location when not in use. 


What’s The Weight Limit For A Zip Line?

All of our zip line kits can accommodate a maximum load of 350lbs. With any zip line, the weight limit depends on the size of cable, turnbuckle, trolley, and riding gear. Never ride a zip line without first testing with a test weight. For all the details on installation, read our Installation & Safety Handbook.

For further questions, call us at 1-888-476-3701 or contact us here. 


Should I Get A Stainless Steel Or Galvanized Zip Line Cable?

We recommend galvanized steel in nearly every application. Here are some of the reasons:
  • Galvanized is stronger than similar diameter stainless.
  • Galvanized is 2-3 times less expensive than stainless (think of it this way, you could purchase 2-3 zip line cables using galvanized cable for the same cost it would take for one zip line using stainless steel).
  • Galvanized is very weather resistant. Unless your location is next to the ocean (salt spray in the air causes corrosion) then the galvanized will last many years. Depending on use, expect 5-10 years.


What Is The Maximum Stretch Of Zip Line Gear's 1/2” Bungee Cord?

Our bungee cord shouldn’t be stretched beyond 75% - 100% of its neutral length. So if the weight of the rider causes the 20 FT cord to stretch to 29.5 FT we would suggest doubling up your bungee, or purchasing an additional length of bungee cord to double the stopping power.  [20 FT MINUS 3 FT FOR KNOTS = 17 FT X 1.75 = 29.5 FT.]