Wire rope grips( Bull dog clamps ) are used for forming an eye in the end of steel wire rope, with or without a thimble to support the rope structure.
At least three wire rope grips should be used, with the saddles on the live part of the rope, and the U-bolt pressing on the less heavily loaded tail of the rope. They should be spaced at least six rope diameters apart.
Correctly applied bulldog grips may form an eye with 80 per cent of the breaking strength of the rope. If not correctly applied, they have no reasonable safe value.