September 2015 Vol. 70 No. 9

New Products

Fiber Optic Reel Handling Accessories Make Cable Deployment Safe, Productive

General Machine Products Company (GMP) introduces two new reel handling accessories to its line of underground cable placement tools and equipment. These components – the Reel Buck and the Reel Caddy – are uniquely engineered to make fiber optic cable deployment safer and more productive. All of the accessories feature durable steel construction for years of rugged use, and a bright yellow powder-coat finish for safe visibility and protection against corrosion. Plus all components are industry-tested, backed by nearly 80 years of field service, engineered for years of durability.

Reel Buck
The Reel Buck can support any utility reel up to 36-inches wide and up to 50 inches in diameter (larger sizes also are available). This includes the Corning line of FlexNap cable drums. It can also handle a load capacity of up to 1,200 pounds. The unit’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 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 wheelbarrow. 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.

Reel Caddy
The 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 in diameter and easily accommodates Multiport-type deployments using cardboard or plastic reels. The Reel Caddy required only one hand to set up. The unit is lightweight and folds flat for compact storage.

GMP: (215) 357-5500;

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