CMI Micro Haul Pulleys
CMI Micro Haul Pulleys
The perfect size for light and tower rescues. Fits ropes from 8mm to 1/2". Features built in saftey cam for use in "jigger" or "short haul" systems. Use with CMI micro single or double pulley 3:1 or 4:1 mechancial advantage systems. Features a sintered bronze bushing. Strength: 7000 lbs.
The CMI Single Micro Hauler is 154 mm. tall, 53 mm wide, and 40 mm. thick and 19 g.
The CMI Single Micro Hauler is a single pulley with an eccentric cam that prevents rope entry on one side. The central frame is stamped and anodized 1/8" (3.2 mm.) aluminum. The right side has a rectangular channel for mounting the cam and the left side has a 15 mm. U-shaped channel for the rope. The frame has a 22.3 mm. attachment hole at the top and a 16.34 mm hole at the bottom. A pulley sits on an axle below the top hole. The pulley has a 3.2 mm. aluminum stamped and anodized swinging plate to hold the rope in. The plate has two bends to bring the top in next to the frame, a 22.5 mm. hole for attachment, and four lightening holes.
The pulley is 14.5 mm. thick aluminum and spaced about 2.5 mm. from the frame and the swinging plate. The pulley has U-shape grooves, a 30.5 mm. peripheral diameter and a 21 mm. central diameters.The axle is 3/8" (9.6 mm.) stainless steel, threaded for a nylon lock nut at each end. The bearings may be oilite; they do not appear to be ball bearings, but I didn't disassemble my Hauler to be sure.
The cam is cast steel with conical teeth in a (5.4.5)^2(4.3)^4(2) pattern. It is spring-loaded and riveted in place. A 3 mm cord is tied through a hole near the top of the cam, allowing the cam to be opened remotely. A hole in the cam aligns with a hole through the cam channel, allowing one to insert a 4.5 mm pin to hold the cam open. The pin attaches to the lower frame hole with two 25 mm. split rings and a 6-link flat chain.
An 8 mm. diameter cam stop is riveted to the frame above the cam and below the front pulley. To its right is a 9.2 mm post that serves as a rope guide. It has a turned U-shaped groove that brings its minor diameter to 5.5 mm. On the back of the frame there is a cord lock that is similar to the one on the to the CMI Uplift and SRT Rescue mates.
The swinging side plate is stamped "Cmi" and "MAX 7000 lb 31.1 Kn."
This is a small hauling pulley, but the directions make it clear that it is designed for rescue hauling situations. It may not run as smoothly as larger units (which might displease the "bigger is better" crowd) but it certainly provides a lot of capability in a nice, small package. Designed for 9 to 13 mm. rope, it is ideal for 11 mm.
Although I like this device, I have a couple small complaints. First, the cam cord attaches to the top of the cam. I find it far to easy to let the cord get caught in the rope channel. Unfortunately, with such a small cam, attaching the cord to the bottom simply won't work, since it won't allow the cam to open fully. To be fair, many applications do not require the cord at all. Second, the rings and chain that retain the hold-open pin seem to get in the way too easily. Perhaps riveting the chain below the cam channel would work better, or for some uses, just remove it and completely. Third, the pulley is not large enough to keep the rope from dragging on the guide post and rear of the cam channel. Finally, and to nit-pick absurdly, I note that the SI abbreviation for kilo-newton is "kN," not "Kn."
Any small hauler will have to make some compromises, and despite a few quibbles, CMI did a nice job designing this one. The Petzl Traxion is smaller and lighter (barely), but the CMI is easier to operate in a hauling system. The CMI is a worthy alternative to the Rock Exotica (later Petzl) Wall Hauler, which is no longer available.
The new SINGLE Micro Haulers miniaturize the design of the Uplift, taking self-contained hauling systems where they've never been before. The same operations and features as their big brothers, but measuring only six inches end to end. Handles up to 1/2" rope. Mated with our double micro pulley, they can be stored pre-rigged. Unrigged they will fit in a pocket or small pouch.
The new DOUBLE Micro Haulers miniaturize the design of the Uplift, taking self-contained hauling systems where they've never been before. The same operations and features as their big brothers, but measuring only six inches end to end. Handles up to 1/2" rope. Mated with our double micro pulley, they can be stored pre-rigged. Unrigged they will fit in a pocket or small pouch.