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SSE Stop & Go

Front View Rear View Top View
Front View Rear View Top View
Bottom View Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging
Bottom View Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired my SSE Stop & Go from Martin D. Guiles in 2021.

My SSE Stop & Go is 121 mm. long, 95 mm. wide, 34 mm. high, and weighs 542 g.

The Stop & Go consists of three pot-metal castings held between two stamped steel plates, plus some minor pieces. The front plate and cam casting pivot on a 6 mm. steel pin near the right side of the device. The cam casting is diamond-shaped, with flat faces where it runs against the rope. The cam presses the rope against a flat face on an anvil casting pinned to the bottom left of the rear plate. These pins extend above the castings to 12 mm. diameter heads, leaving gaps to be engaged by a slot cut in the front plate. The remaining casting is a lever near the top of the rear plate. A spring rotates the lever counter-clockwise, where a portion of the rear plate bent in from the attachment point stops further lever rotation.

The front and rear plates each have reinforcing ribs and an up-pointing arrow stamped in them. The rear plate is stamped with "EN-353-2," "CE 0335," "0198," and an illustration of the lever with a curved down-pointing arrow. The front plate has numerous stampings, included a braided rope symbol; "UP, "HAUT," "AUF" and "ALTO" near the up-pointing arrow; "USE ONLY ROPE," "UTILISER SEULEMENT CORDE," "GEBRAUCHEN NUR SEIL," and "USARE SOLO CORDA" to the left of a large "} ø12," "SSE ITALY," an illustration of the lever with a curved down-pointing arrow, PATENT PENDING," and "STOP & GO."


If I rig the device as illustrated in the information sheet and drop it, it will slide freely down the rope unless the rear spring is on the top pin - and nothing on the device tells one to do this. If the spring is on the lower pin, where one might put it to help rig the device, then the device may not engage during a fall. In industrial environments, this failure to "idiot-proof" the device creates an unnecessary hazard.

The SSE Stop & Go is similar to the Teufelberger Grip Rescue, but it has a different lever design and it lacks the cam spring. Unlike the lever on the Teufelberger Grip Rescue, the one on the SSE Stop & Go works, more or less. The proximal hole on the lever slips over extensions on the cam axle, and a notched tab on the lever engages a shallow notch on the cam. Pulling down on the lever opens the cam, allowing the rope to slide through. The lever can be placed on either the front or rear side of the device, accommodating both dextral and sinistral users.