makeup cathead | Energy Glossary

Explore the Energy Glossary

Look up terms beginning with:

makeup cathead

1. n. [Drilling]

A clutched, rotating spool that enables the driller to use the drawworks motor to apply tension to a chain connected to the makeup tongs. This tensioned chain, acting at right angles to the tong handle, imparts torque to the connection being tightened.

See: drawworkstongs