Cable Laying Equipment: Equipment Spotlight

Cable laying equipment from Roose Mfg., Condux Intl., General Machine Products, Felling Trailers, Ditch Witch, Toro, Slabach Enterprises, Dura-Line, Kiefer Mfg. and Vermeer.

Roose Mfg.
The Model RR-250 carries two 5,000-pound, 125-inch diameter reels and has an inside working width of 62 inches. This trailer is designed for easy loading of two reels by opening the rear gate, and then rolling the reels into the trailer. With the reels in a boxed in area and a low center of gravity, the reel mover is safe and convenient. Features include a Tandem osolating wheel system, Dexter Niver-Lube axles, and five years or a 100,000 mile bearing life warranty. The RR-250 also is equipped with two hand pumps to raise and lower. 800.552.3276,

Condux Intl.

The APS75 hydraulic underground cable puller provides up to 7,500 pounds of continuous pulling power to tackle a comprehensive range of pulling applications. The APS75 is completely self-contained and transports easily from jobsite to jobsite. The new digital readout allows the operator to view pulling forces, distance pulled, tension limiter and hydraulic pressure readings. Pulling operations can be recorded and downloaded through a convenient USB port. With other standard features including anti-twist rope, rotating pulling arm and wired remote control, the APS75 is one of the most advanced pulling systems available. 507.387.6576,

General Machine Products

Continuous Duct Rodders, by General Machine Products, are designed for underground duct cleaning, locating ducts, threading lines, and pulling cables. They are offered in ¼-, 3/8- and ½-inch thicknesses and in lengths from 100 to 1,200 feet. GMP Tonable Duct Rodders can be used with standard locating equipment. These rodders are ideal for mapping projects to identify duct route locations. 215.357.5500,

Felling Trailers

Felling Trailers’ Cable / Reel trailer line comes standard with a self-contained hydraulic power supply and heavy duty hydraulic cylinders. There are multiple options available to customize this trailer to your specific needs. Numerous utility companies have found these units to be the most dependable and user-friendly Cable / Reel trailer on the market! Available in 6,000 to 10,000 pound load capacities. Contact Felling Trailers and/or an authorized dealer for more information. 800.245.2809,

Ditch Witch

The RT80 Quad heavy-duty ride-on trencher and vibratory plow is exceptionally powerful, durable, and rugged RT80 Quad is completely designed and manufactured by CMW to provide outstanding traction and performance on rough and uneven terrain. With its power and compact footprint, the RT80 Quad is a machine contractors can rely on to do it all: any type of utility installation, short or long drops, on either tight or wide-open jobsites. 800.654.6481,


The new Pro Sneak 360 Vibratory Plow features include: a small footprint, at only 36-inches wide; an optimized operator position that ensures safety and provides maximum visibility of the job site and all four tires; and, consistent plowing up to 24-inches deep maintained by positive hydraulic down pressure, regardless of the terrain. The Pro Sneak 360 also features 10-degree frame oscillation to ensure constant wheel-to-ground contact when plowing in problematic conditions. An optional front-mounted trencher delivers a dig depth of up to 36 inches. 800.344.8676,

Slabach Enterprises
Wheeler Reeler hydraulic spool trailers have a long history of being used for wire, cable and innerduct installation. Experience the ease of spinning both small and large reels with the Power Rewind accessory on Slabach Enterprises Wheeler Reeler reel trailers. The Rewind can roll cable off a reel or be reversed to rewind cable back on. A variety of reel trailer sizes, payload capacities, colors and accessories are available. 319.656.3434,

The Plumett ULTIMAZ DROP PUSHER is the ultimate in placing flat and round drop cables quickly and efficiently in OSP environments. The ULTIMAZ attaches with ease to the drop duct and is powered by a standard cordless drill. While the ULTIMAZ was originally developed for drop duct sizes ranging from ½-inch SDR to 1 ¼-inch SDR (0.84 to 1.66 OD), it can now be adapted for installing flat and round drops into MicroDuct products such as 12/10mm, 12.7/10mm and 16/13mm sizes; thus, making it ideal for working with today’s FTTx MicroDuct products, to include bundled MicroDucts (FuturePath). The compact, portable design can be equipped with optional wheel and guide sets to be able to install flat cable designs up to 10.1mm wide, as well as round drop cables up to 10mm OD. 800.847.7661,

Kiefer Mfg.

Ideal for transporting conduit and Innerduct, the ICE Economy Reel Trailer is 96 inches wide and 144 inches long and has a one-piece mainframe and tongue. The reel size is 54 inches wide and 72 inches in diameter. The reel carrier features a 2,900 GVWR axle capacity; a 2-½ inch spindle bar with locking/lifting reel collars; and 16-gauge round fenders. 641.762.3201,

The RTX550 boasts a 65-hp utility tractor available with an innovative rubber quad-track system, which provides increased tractive effort and maneuverability, greater stability and decreased surface and turf damage. The machine’s TrenchSense electronic control system monitors engine rpm and automatically reacts when a sudden drop is detected to prevent stall or engine stop. The RTX550 fills an important niche, especially for secondary, shorter-run utility service installations where confined space is often a concern. 888.837.6337,

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