The SPIKE Tool - Don't Guess...SPIKE it!
The SPIKE Tool for electrical power cable maintenance


Charge-actuated vs. Hydraulic-actuated:
The following comparison of the benefits and features of the two primary actuation methods for cable spiking or piercing tools is provided as a service to users or potential users of these lineworker safety devices. Whether charge or hydraulic actuation is utilized, both will achieve a safe work environment for cable maintenance personnel.

Safety Benefits 
and Tool Features
(power loads)

Remote Operation



Personnel isolated from cable during spiking


Yes - providing non-conducting hoses are used

Result from spiking a live cable

Minimal tool damage and cable vaporization

Increased vaporization and escaping gases due to presence of hydraulic fluid


Low - Clean with light machine oil after each operation.
Maintenance required every 2 years. See Operating Manual.

Higher than charge-actuated - Leaks in hydraulic hoses and typically, if the tool is inactive for a period of time hydraulic seals tend to dry out 

Additional Equipment

Power loads are readily available locally. All parts can be ordered through Spike Tool Distributors.

Non-conducting hydraulic hoses, battery pack or field generator, and an intensifier for 10,000 psi

Operator Training

As with all safety tools and equipment, SPIKE Tool Inc. recommends operator training at the lineworker apprenticeship level.

May be required as per regional or national health and safety regulations. Internal training program acceptable.

Internal training required.

3 to 4 times the cost 
of the SPIKE Tool

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SPIKE Tool Inc.
Contact Ron Mock, President

General inquiries:
25 Broadway Ave, Toronto, ON M4P1T7 Canada