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Aerial Equipment: An Overview of Aerial Cable Installations

August 13, 2021

Aerial and underground installations have their respective challenges. However, aerial cable installations are far more common in many cities. Therefore, cable installation teams need to have access to the best aerial equipment and also establish the best practices for cable installation methods.


In today’s blog, we will learn about the aerial equipment needed for cable installations:


There are two main types of reels used for cable installations: a stationary and mobile reel.

  • Stationary Reel: These types of cable reel trailers stay in place while a pull line threads through the cable post supports. Then, a winch at the end will pull the entire cable in place.
  • Moving Reel: A slack cable serves as the starting wire's end. Then, personnel will secure the cable to the first support. The cable trailer will slowly move as each line is attached. This required less manpower and auxiliary equipment as it does not require the use of winches.


In addition to different kinds of reels, there are also different kinds of dead-end attachments that are used to secure wires to poles by uniformly gripping the wire over the support or pole's length. The two main variations of this equipment are:

  • Formed Wire: Formed wires grip the wire over the pole's length. They're the best attachments for long-span wires on highways and main roads.
  • Wedge Anchor: These anchors can grip over a short distance of 12 feet maximum. This makes them perfect for residential installations. They're also ideal for electric line installations in scenarios with very little wire strain.


As you can see, it is not only about the kind of methods employed during the installation process, but also about whether you have the equipment to help you finish the job. AMAC Equipment has the best aerial equipment installation solutions and products for professionals. Visit our website today or contact us to learn more about our products and services.