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#43471 10/14/04 10:32 PM
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I was at a salvage yard today when I spotted an old cast aluminum romex wheel sitting there for $15.00. It separates in two so you can load the romex or even MC. It bolts to a board for stability or can be hung on a rafter by it's handle. It has a steel spindle and a brass bushing. The people at the salvage yard had no clue what it was!
Anyway it works great, except the brake. There is a screw on the side which must have pushed on something when you tightened it which would in turn rub against the wheel. I can still see the mark where it rubbed. I rigged up a piece of rubber fuel line for now which actually works pretty good, but I'd like to have the original part if I can find it, or I can make one if I knew exactly what it was.
The casting is marked "General Machine Products Co ESO 623395"
A web search turned up nothing. Anyone familiar with this product? Anyone know when cast aluminum was first available?
Thanks, B

#43472 10/14/04 10:39 PM
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What....no pictures????

#43473 10/14/04 10:45 PM
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Dave I had some issues with my camera software and with posting photos. I haven't taken the time to reload the software and give it another shot but I guess this would be as good a time as any. I just hope I can figure put how to post them.

#43474 10/14/04 10:52 PM
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Big B,
I can post them for you if you'd like.
Just send them on over. [Linked Image]

#43475 10/14/04 11:37 PM
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Trumpy, There in your email. The first one goofed up, they're all in the second one.

#43476 10/15/04 04:15 AM
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Guys,
You can find the pictures here! . [Linked Image]

#43477 10/15/04 12:09 PM
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Big B,
Sorry about the mix-up on my part!. [Linked Image]
The right sized and clearer pics can be found as linked in my last post.

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Thanks for the pictures, BigB. That was a steal at $15. I like the hook option. I've been trying to come up with a compact spool dispenser for THHN wire for awhile now. I don't really like the typical racks and two-wheel trucks I see. I thimk I'll start a new thread about that.

Dave

#43479 10/15/04 12:49 PM
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What makes you think it was designed for Romex or even electrical wire? GMP is a company that makes products for telephone and CATV line work. They still make that thing- http://www.gmptools.com/80470.html

Apparently they even make a replacement brake assembly...

-Hal

[This message has been edited by hbiss (edited 10-15-2004).]

#43480 10/15/04 04:52 PM
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Wow thanks Hal. I sure couldn't find them on a search but then I'm sort of a computer bozo. Well it sure works great for romex and MC. Although I didn't take it on a job yet I tested it out at home. From the looks of the screws holding the old rotted board to the bottom I am guessing mine is from the sixties. Thanks for the link now I can get a brake.

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