turnbuckle style

Dec 1, 2011
Austin, Tx
I inventoried our rigging stash today and discovered a ton of turnbuckles that were hiding and it got me wondering what everyone typically uses in terms of eye-eye/eye-jaw/jaw-jaw?? Not looking at any specific project really, just curious to know if folks prefer one style over another and for what reason. I typically prefer the eye-eye situation because it's less tiny hardware to deal with up high for most projects I work on.


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Jan 23, 2015
Eastern Massachusetts
I like eye-jaw with a cotter through the jaw bolt. Domestic only, which goes for all my rigging hardware, but the imported turnbuckles tend to have a lot of slop in the threads, which is extra sketchy. I like eye-jaw since I'm usually terminating cable directly to one end (eye) and going through a shackle plate or D ring with the jaw end. No shackles needed. I don't deal with tiny turnbuckle hardware at height. They go at the scenery connection, connected, adjusted and moused on the deck and easily inspected moving forward.


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Aug 21, 2007
Las Vegas, NV, USA
I wonder why no one makes a screw-pin jaw turnbuckle? Or if they do, I've never seen one.

If I had to vote, I'd err on the side of jaw-jaw. It eliminates using SPAS, but one can if one wants to. Also might depend on how long the assembly will be in use, which (to me anyway) determines whether or not to mouse is necessary.

As long as we all agree that hook is never permitted in any stage rigging.


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Feb 4, 2011
Jaw-jaw. I like the idea of using two less shackles to achieve the same effect.

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