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How to Choose the Right Reel Trailer

June 28, 2019

When choosing a new cable reel trailer for your operations, there are three key features that you should looking out for. On top of that, there are a number of more minor factors involved such as the number of reels to be hauled, the kind of loading, type of operation, kind of installation, and so on. With that said, at the end of the day, if you are just optimizing for key functions, you should be totally covered. In any case, a reel trailer can be customized to meet precise specifications.


Here are the three key features you should be optimizing for when choosing a reel trailer:


1.  Capacity

Underspecifying a reel trailer for a specific job is one of the biggest mistakes one can commit. If you need a trailer to haul a 60-inch reel or wider, don’t choose a trailer that is rated to haul a 50-inch reel or lower. The wider the reel is, the closer the weight is to the carrier, which puts more weight on the center. This can lead to all sorts of problems such as damage to the reel trailer, delays in operations, and so on. Figure out the kinds of reels you will be dealing with first.  


2. Safety

A reel trailer has to be able to withstand the demands of daily use out in the field. The tasks of a reel trailer are robust and can be dangerous in many ways. Aside from its main use, a reel trailer may also need to be assessed by its rewind capabilities, whether it is powered by tow vehicle hydraulics or if it is a self-contained unit, and so on. All these factors come into play when determining the stability of the vehicle and the kind of safety precautions you should undertake when operating it.    


3. Versatility

You should also consider other essential features that can enhance the reliability and usability of your reel trailer such as capabilities for hydraulic retrieval, rotating turrets, sealed bearings, and more. These things are what makes the use of a reel trailer more accommodating to different types of operations. You should assess carefully whether you require a basic reel trailer or a unique one to perform more tasks.