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Felling's F-10 R Turret Reel Trailer Custom-Made for Municipal Utility

Thu December 07, 2017 - Northeast Edition #25
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The FT-10 R turret reel trailer has a 360-degree rotating turret assembly, meaning there is virtually no right-of-way or easement.
The FT-10 R turret reel trailer has a 360-degree rotating turret assembly, meaning there is virtually no right-of-way or easement.

Felling recently completed a custom turret reel trailer for a municipal power entity in western California, an FT-10 R turret reel trailer.

The FT-10 R turret reel trailer is a valuable tool for any fleet: municipalities, electric utilities, communications, gas and oil, etc. Felling Trailers offers many utility and telecom trailer solutions, including utility cable reels, according to the manufacturer.

With its 360-degree rotating turret assembly, there is virtually no right-of-way or easement that will prohibit the operation. No need to be blocking the road, pulling off into the ditch, weeds or having to jack knife the trailer to get it into the proper orientation for your operations. Simply pull to the side, disengage the lever actuated locking pin and effortlessly rotate the reel to the direction needed. The turret can lock into any position in 15-degree increments.

Bronze Tensioning Brake

This option controls the over spin of the reel and provides tension as the material is being pulled off. Also, this brake assembly with its infinitely adjustable manual brake caliper and up to 50,000 in lbs. of torque is an excellent choice for distribution class line tensioning. The ability to switch out reels without having to readjust the tension setting is a must for this type of application. The 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm) thick bronze ventilated rotor is surfaced to within 1,000th of an inch to eliminate galloping which is a common issue with other manufacturers.

Hydraulic Take-Up, Payout Assembly

These are beneficial and can save time for any crew. They can be used to wind the material back onto the reel and to payout material when reels are extremely heavy. Probably the most popular use is for retrieving downed overhead conductor in replacement stringing operations and storm repair, according to the manufacturer.

Oil and gas industries can use this to service existing wells or new deployment of ESP cable. It also can be used for retrieval and redeployment of ESP cable for the replacement or repair of the submersible pumps as well as deployment and retrieval for capillary tube operations.

Hydraulic Power Pack

Although Felling's hydraulic take-up / payout assembly is engineered to operate from the hydraulic tool circuit of an appropriately equipped truck, the on board hydraulic power pack is an excellent option. When equipped with this, the turret reel trailer can operate as a standalone machine and free up the truck for other operations.

Felling uses a Honda GX 390 gas engine with electric start and recoil backup. Equipped with a 25-gallon hydraulic reservoir, users can achieve a near 100 percent duty cycle without over heating the hydraulic oil, according to the manufacturer. This option also includes a hydraulic oil return filter and a lockable theft resistant enclosure. This package is rated for 2,250 psi continuous and 2,900 psi max and provides eight gpm.

For more information, call 888/335-5464 or visit

This story also appears on Truck and Trailer Guide.

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