FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR ZIP LINES
Who Can Set Up a Zip Line?
Zip lines are much easier to set up than most people realize. Anyone with basic handyman skills is fully capable of installing a typical zip line. All of our zip line kits include installation instructions. We are also happy to provide technical support over the phone 877-408-1523.
If you are thinking of setting up a commercial zip line you will require a professional installer, we would be happy to provide you with contact information for three in Canada. Email us for this info [email protected]
Why do you recommend Galvanized Zip Line Cables?
We recommend galvanized steel in nearly every application because
- it is stronger than similar diameter stainless steel cable
- galvanized is 2-3 times less expensive than stainless steel
- galvanized is very weather resistant. Unless your location is next to the ocean (salt spray in the air caused corrosion) then the galvanized will last many years. Depending on use, expect 5-10 years.
Can you leave the Zipline up in weather?
Yes, we even have people who enjoy using their zip line in the winter! You can leave your heavy duty Zip line up year round simply wipe dry before reusing. Over time the cable it will rust – a light coating of oil at the end of the season may slow the process. Remove the trolley if left unused for longer periods. For the Slackers kits it is recommended that you take the zip line down for the winter and store inside.
Is it possible to purchase a longer cable?
The Slackers kits max out at 100 feet HOWEVER currently our heavy duty zip lines (Raptor, Sky Rider, Adrenaline Rush & Adrenaline series) max length is 600 feet in our kits, but longer lengths can be available should you require it. See our “CABLE” tab for pricing or email us and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
What is the Weight Limit For a Zip Line?
All of our heavy duty kits (Raptor, Sky Rider, Adrenaline Rush & Adventure series) can accommodate a maximum weight load of 350 lbs. 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 details on installation, contact us for a pdf guideline to be emailed to you.
What trolley will work best if we want to drop off into a pond or river, etc?
We would recommend that you consider the Tesa Speed Pulley or Advent Trolley.
Why isn’t the Z-Max Trolley suitable for dropping off over water?
The Z-Max trolley is spring loaded. When you let go, there is a good chance that the cable could then get caught between the wheel and the metal casing and not be able to move freely on the cable.
Can your trolleys be removed for the cable for storage when we are away?
Yes, all of our heavy duty kit trolleys are easily removed from the cable simply by unclipping the carabiner that holds the trolley on the line. We recommend for your insurance protection that if you are going to be away from your property for any length of time, you remove the trolley and store it somewhere safe to avoid having someone come on your property and trying to use your zip line improperly and being hurt.
Unfortunately, the trolley is permanent on the Slacker’s kits and would require the removal of the cable at the same time
What Does the Speed Rating on the Zip Line Trolley 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 determines the speed, rather than the pulley used.
What is the purpose of the Slackers Deluxe Bungeez Brake Kit? Is it necessary? How does it work?
The purpose of the Deluxe Bungeez Brake kit is to gradually slow down your Salckers Falcon, Hawk, Eagle or Night Riderz zip line as you approach the end of the line. It comes with a brake block, 15′ of bungee cord and bag to fill with 200lbs of sand. For a demo watch the Bungeez Brake Video.
How is the Brake Block Kit different from the Slackers Deluxe Bungeez Brake Kit?
The Brake Block Kit is for use with heavy duty 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″ or 1/2″ cable zip lines. You unbolt the block and place it on your cable and then re-bolt it back together. A bungee is tied to the block, the distance from where the Brake Block sits at rest and the end of your zip line ride should be equal to the length of bungee rope you are using, slide your brake block to this point. Starting at the ending point of your zip line, take the loose end of the bungee rope and walk towards the start of your zip line just until the brake want to start to slide. This is about where you want to screw the bungee in a ground anchor or attach it to a tree, making sure that this point is about 5-10 feet off to the side of the zip line cable so you don’t run into the bungee rope when riding down the zip line. TEST your brake block using your trolley with weights before you ride. Adjustments to your bungee’s anchoring point may be needed, this is trial and error to get the correct safe stopping point.