General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP), Trevose, PA, is pleased to introduce the new Reel Buck and Reel Caddy to its extensive line of utility cable placement tools and equipment. With expanded zone restrictions and stricter right-of-way easement regulations, developers of new residential and commercial buildings are forced to build in tight lot spaces or in closer proximity to other structures. This means infrastructure utility and network interfaces can be located in hard to reach places. Because of the difficulty for utility and service vehicles to reach many of these work sights, the GMP's Reel Buck and Reel Caddy offer the perfect solution. The Reel Buck and Reel Caddy provide one-person maneuverability of awkward utility cable reels in tight spaces easily, saving time, money and back strain.
The GMP Reel Buck can support any utility reel up to 36 in. (91.4 cm) wide and up to 50 in. (127 cm) in diameter. This includes Corning's line of FlexNap™ cable drums. It can also handle a load capacity of up to 1200 lbs. (544 kg). The Reel Buck's frame is constructed of durable two-weld, rectangular steel members. It is designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use and is treated to resist weather corrosion. The unique and versatile design of the GMP Reel Buck allows it to act as a reel transporter and a reel stand. To transport reels, stand the reel up on both flanges, and slide the spindle bar through the reel. Then attach both handles so that when they are lifted, the reel becomes the "wheel" similar to a wheel barrow. The sturdy frame allows one person to easily maneuver reels around a job site. Once the reel is in place, flip the handles over the reel so that they serve as a sturdy base to support the reel above both flat and uneven ground. The raised base allows cable to be pulled off easily and securely in one direction.
GMP's Reel Caddy can be used to support and dispense drop cable quickly and easily. The Reel Caddy is lightweight and folds flat for compact storage. It is fabricated from durable, painted steel tubing that will provide years of dependable service. The Reel Caddy supports reels up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) in diameter and easily accommodates Multiport™-type deployments using cardboard or plastic reels. The Reel Caddy is also quick and simple to use, requiring only one hand to set up.