Best Lubricant for Installing Transmission Cable, Pulling Through Water, and into HDPE Conduit Systems

  • Heavy Pulls Preferred lubricant for underground transmission cable installation.
  • Water-Resistant Does not wash off. Reduces tension even when pulling through water.
  • Very Low Friction Consistently low friction and tension when pulling through HDPE and PVC pipe.
  • Non-Freezing Formula Polywater® WNN and WNB can be used for cold weather (sub-freezing) pulling.
  • Roller Option Available Polywater® NB contains small, friction-reducing roller balls.

* Polywater + Silicone NN/NB is not recommended for LSZH/LSHF and certain CSPE and CPE cable jackets. For these jacket types, Polywater LZ is the recommended/approved product.

Polywater® + Silicone™ NN/NB are semi-gels that pour thickly.

Polywater® + Silicone Types NN and NB are a family of high-performance, specification-grade, cable pulling lubricants that demonstrate superior performance in two areas:  Friction reduction on HDPE (polyethylene conduits) and PVC materials. These lubricants provide continuous lubrication when pulling through water and are suitable for all types of cable pulling.

They are the industry preferred cable pulling lubricants for the longest pulls of heavy transmission cable and pulling cables in a wet environment. They are suitable for use with factory lubricated ducts. They continue to lubricate under high sidewall pressure forces in conduit bends.  Both Type NN and NB are slow drying and leave a thin, slippery film that retains its slip for months after installations. While they can be applied by hand, it is best to pour or pump the lubricant into the duct during cable pulls.

Great for pulling in water filled ducts

Great for pulling in water filled ducts

Excellent for pulling into PE ducts and transmission cable installations.

Excellent for pulling into PE ducts and transmission cable installations.

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Product/Package Notes:

Polywater + Silicone is available with or without small plastic rollers in the lubricant. Type NB has the rollers and Type NN does not. In both Type NN and NB, a regular grade and winter grade (for cold weather use in temperatures as low as -20°F (-30°C)) are available. Polywater + Silicone can be pumped using the LP-D5 Drill-Powered Pump (see sidebar).
Polywater Type NN/NB Cable Pulling Lubricant
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Package Description Units/Case
N/A WNN-35 NB-35 WNB-35 1-quart/0.95-liter bottle 12
NN-128 WNN-128 NB-128 WNB-128 1-gal/3.8-liter jug 4
NN-320 WNN-320 NB-320 WNB-320 2.9-gal/9.5-liter jug 2
NN-640 WNN-640 NB-640 WNB-640 5-gal/18.9-liter pail 1
NN-DRUM WNN-DRUM NB-DRUM WNB-DRUM 55-gal/208-liter drum 1

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