DLO (Diesel Locomotive Cable)
About DLO (Diesel Locomotive Cable)
Diesel Locomotive (DLO) Cable
Running locomotives and heavy equipment requires some of the most powerful, rugged cables, such as diesel locomotive (DLO) cable. These large and durable cables can withstand crushes from construction equipment and freezing cold temperatures, along with high heat and frequent bending. If your work calls for extreme power and durability, DLO cable is a great choice.
WesBell Electronics offers a wide range of DLO cables, sized in American Wire Gauge (AWG) and thousands of circular mils (MCM).
Locomotive cables have two layers of insulation to protect them in severe conditions and support their Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-approved 2,000-volt rating. This insulation is made of ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) and chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) for a flexible and rugged design. Inside the insulation, you’ll find 24-gauge copper conductors with a tin coating.
The rubber insulation layers are quite flexible, so DLO cable can still be convenient and portable. This cable can also support temperatures up to 90 degrees Celsius and is commonly used for locomotive and motor leads.
DLO cable is resistant to:
It also complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and has approvals from UL, the CSA Group and the Mine Safety and Health Association (MSHA).
WesBell Electronics offers all different sizes of DLO cables, including AWG from 8 to 4/0. We can supply you with MCM sizes as well, from 262 to 777 MCM.
How DLO Wire Stacks Up
There are many similar cables on the market, but most don’t come close to the strength and ruggedness of DLO cable. Welding cables, entertainment cables and multiconductor cables are typically inferior to DLO cable but can be more cost-effective if the durability and performance of DLO cable aren’t needed. For instance, all the cables listed below are rated for 600 volts and none can match the dual-insulation layers that protect DLO cable’s copper conductors from threats as large as dump trucks.
WesBell Electronics stocks many different types of power cable. If DLO isn’t what you need, we have other options:
- Welding cable: If DLO cable provides more toughness than you need for your application, welding cable is a good choice. It’s similar to DLO cable but has a single layer of rubber insulation and is rated for 600 volts. This kind of cable is better suited for garages and shops with low-voltage equipment.
- Service, oil-resistant and weather/water-resistant (SOOW) cable: SOOW cable is a multiconductor power cable often used for smaller devices and as a locomotive cable thanks to its exceptional flexibility and versatility.
- Entertainment cable: Stage lighting cable is another 600-volt cable that offers heat resistance up to 105 degrees Celsius.
If you’re not sure what kind of cable you need, the knowledgeable representatives at WesBell Electronics can help you figure out which one is right for the job.
Working With WesBell Electronics
WesBell Electronics is your trusted source for DLO cable and many other options. Our skilled representatives know the ins and outs of DLO cable and can help you make the right decision for your project. We also offer a range of services, such as wire cutting and stripping, to make installation as quick as possible.
Click our product links to browse our individual DLO cable listings, and reach out to us for assistance or if you have any questions.