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#43502 - 10/15/04 12:51 PM Wire Dispenser  
Dave55  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 697
Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
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.

Any ideas???


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#43503 - 10/15/04 02:57 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
chi spark  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 105
Chicago IL USA
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.

#43504 - 10/15/04 03:22 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
Dave55  Offline
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Posts: 697
Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Thanks, chi spark. That looks exactly like what I need. I found it at

Now about that wire lube?


#43505 - 10/15/04 08:30 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
hbiss  Offline
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Posts: 886
Hawthorne, NY USA
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.


#43506 - 10/15/04 11:07 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
Dave55  Offline
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Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
No, Greenlee doesn't make anything like this.


#43507 - 10/15/04 11:11 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
CRM  Offline
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Posts: 74
Alberta Canada
Check these out.

#43508 - 10/16/04 12:10 AM Re: Wire Dispenser  
Dave55  Offline
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Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Thanks CRM, some of those items looked very interesting.


#43509 - 10/16/04 12:26 AM Re: Wire Dispenser  
DougW  Offline
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North Chicago, IL
Those look like a neat concept. Any idea how much$ ?

#43510 - 10/16/04 04:11 PM Re: Wire Dispenser  
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Norton, Ma USA
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.

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