I've been trying to come up with a very compact wire-spool dispenser (THHN) for awhile now. Maybe you can help me.
I don't like the typical hand racks or truck racks, because I don't have much space in the truck. Now I use plastic crates with a 1/2" EMT through the spool. I store the wire in the crate. I saw something that looked like the outside of the spool rode in a canvas U-shaped area. I liked that because the wire sometimes comes off my spool & wraps around the 1/2" EMT. I'm trying to set this up well because I work alone on pulls & am going back & forth 100' when it jambs up.
I found a PVC fitting that fit the spool, but it was about $30 & I didn't really want to spend $200 on this (6 spools + hardware). I'd also like to rig something up that would lube the wires before they go into the conduit.
Hi Dave - I saw one that is plastic, acts like a cradle type(no axle) that the spools just drop into. I'm in Chi. Suburbs- I've seen them at 2-3 supply houses- Nova Tools Speed Pull. The company is in Midlothian, IL. The unit looks big enough for 4 spools of 12 or 3 spools of 10, and it's lightweight, but it's still about 30" long.
Only problem I can see with that is if the side of those plastic spools gets broken as sometimes happens. I wouldn't want to rely on the integrity of the spool flanges. Doesn't Greenlee make a reel carrier about the same size and configuration also with a handle but has a rod through the center? Got to be better than that plastic thing.
I keep a pair of rack-a-tiers in the van. They work very well. I believe they cost under $50.00 now. Paid more for them when they first came out. Most supply houses here keep them in stock. My set is three years old and have held up great. 1000' reels of MC or NM no problem.