If you have the money I would recomend the Ultra tugger setup The company I work for bought one and it is easy to set up and use and also very powerful.I used it on a 800'run of 500mcm 15KV cable and put 10,000 pounds on it for 35 minutes and it never slowed down
Re: Pullers#23607 03/23/0308:08 AM03/23/0308:08 AM
Our company just had two mfg. reps. come out to our job to demonstrate both pullers that you are referring to.
They look like they would work great for pulling feeders into subpanels but the problem we had was that we were pulling 300MCM int our main gear from a pull box and there was no way to set up either machine. We ended up using the ultra tugger anyway.
One thing that the rep mentioned is that thier machine would fit into a hitch receiver in the back of a truck so that you could pull site lighting feeds. That sounded good because both machines could pull much faster than the ultra tugger.
Maybe you could setup a demonstration with a mfg. rep. on one of your jobs.
I own the Ultra Tugger. Yes it is slower than some. Yes you do need a truck with a gate or ramp to transport it. Where it excells is it's versatility. With it's snorkel like boom, we can set it up for manhole work one day, and an overhead pullbox the next. Litlle will stop it. Yes, it's expensive, but thre are firms that sell them used or reconditioned. Check the Electrical Advertiser magazine for such firms. The Ultra Tugger by Greenlee seems to have "copied" some of the best things that were in similar tuggers origianlly developed by Condux. These were originally designed for the utilities. They were much more expensive than the Greenlee. And something to consider is service, repair, and parts availability. There was green guys, purple [now yellow] guys, orange guys, powder blue guys, and red guys. Most are still around, but none seems to have thrived and made the across the board advances in design and product line as Greenlee. JMO