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What the Heck is a Headache Ball Any Ways?

What the Heck is a Headache Ball Any Ways?

Posted by Weiss Bros on 21st Oct 2017

If you are not familiar with the lingo that can be said around a crane while on the construction site, then the title of this blog post might seem a little weird.  On the other hand, there is a group of people out there that know exactly what we are referring to when we say, "headache ball" and might even know what it is used for.  In today's post we are going to talk about the headache ball, a few other things related to it and how it pertains to the crane world.  Yes, even the diecast model crane world!

So, The Headache Ball

The headache ball is located is what you will find the hook block attached to.  Basically, without this piece of equipment, you would not be able to attach a load to the crane.  Even though the headache ball is the simplest form of a crane hook and in most situations is used to keep the wire rope tight.  The "whip line" as it is referred to in the crane community, is attached to the headache ball.

The model crane world is one that is filled with very detailed, scale models that depict real life cranes.  In some cases, collectors will have situations setup to show the model crane in "action".  We have even seen a video or two showcasing exactly what our cranes look like in action.  Part of that detail is the headache ball and hook block.

One of the most dangerous things on the crane is the headache ball.  You are likely asking yourself how that can be, but just sit back and think about what the headache ball is doing if the crane topples over.  That's right, the momentum of the crane tipping over can send that piece of equipment flying around uncontrollably.  Take a look at this story of one that crashed through a law office in 2016.

I am sure NOBODY in that office saw that coming.  In the model crane world, the situation is not as severe, of course.  The point is now you know what the "headache ball" is and now you can tell your friends about it.  So, take this post and share it on Facebook, they'll enjoy it :)

Frequent Questions:

  • Does Weiss Brothers carry a headache ball rigging option?  
    • Currently we do not have any actual headache balls on the website, but as you can see, most of our models come equipped with a load block on them.  Also, keep your eyes on the Curiosity Shop for extra crane parts.