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As the main function of cable reels is to wind and unwind the electrical cable, there are many different retraction options available for cable reels. However, the main breakdown between retraction options is manual and mechanical. A manual cable reel has no automatic retraction mechanism but is equipped with a hand-turned crank. Read More…

Cable Reels Cable reels are cylindrical, drum-shaped devices that are designed to store, wind, and hold conductive or lifting electrical cables for electrical or industrial purposes, respectively. Electrical cables are defined as conductors for transmitting either electrical or optical signals or electric power that typically consists of a core that is protected by twisted wire strands and covered with a suitably insulating material.
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Westerlo, NY  |  877-467-3357

Our hose reels are all made in the U.S., with a heavy-duty design and construction, built specifically to fit your needs and never retrofitted to the job.

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Hannay Reels, Inc. $$$

Mississauga, ON  |  905-564-9962

Unique Hosereels is a global supplier of a variety of hose reels, tank manifold systems and valves. This company can create custom solutions including: electric, hydraulic, manual, air and spring rewind reels from 1" to 4".

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Norwood Young America, MN  |  800-833-5812

We are located in Norwood Young America, Minnesota for your convenience. We pride ourselves in providing the most phenomenal customer service you have ever encountered. It is our pleasure to bring you such a wide array of products surely you will find one to fit your needs perfectly. We have been providing excellent products and service since we first opened our doors. For more information, visit our website or contact us today!

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Lincoln, NE  |  800-523-4321

Eley Corporation is a Nebraska-born, family-owned company that has been designing and providing commercial-duty garden hose, hose reels, and watering tools since our start in 1990. Growing up in rural farm & ranch country, we quickly learned the importance and value of quality-built equipment. ELEY has grown into one of America's most respected and leading brands of outdoor watering products.

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Tallmadge, OH  |  800-866-3876

You can always depend on Duro Manufacturing! We are a quality manufacturing and industry leader for outstanding hose reels and similar varieties. We also provide you with fast expedient service, quality performance, high value, timely delivery and a friendly professional staff. Duro reels are the best solution to your motion application needs, regardless of your industry.

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For mechanical cable reels on the other hand, a motor powers the retraction mechanism through electric, hydraulic or pneumatic means. Also, a cable reel can have a spring-based retraction method, in which an internal spring is used to retract the cable. Cable reels are utilized in many industries for equipment such as conveyor systems, various types of overhead cranes, forklifts, forestry equipment, garage doors, hoists, material handling systems, robotic welding cells, theatrical and stage sets, aerial work platforms and light towers.

The construction of different cable reels can vary in a vast number of ways, according to the specific requirements of the intended application. For example, cable reels are typically made of such materials as wood, steel, stainless steel and plastic. Wooden cable reels come in three main varieties: steel-tyred, export, and one-way drums.

Plywood cable reels, conversely, are a less expensive alternative and are fabricated from either birch or poplar ply. As an environmentally-friendly alternative, plastic cable reels are most commonly manufactured from recycled plastics, rather than newly formed plastics. Cable reels are divided into five different configurations, including portable, live connection, collapsible, storage reel, and reel and cable assembly.

While portable cable reels can be transported by hand with the use of an attached handle, live connection reels are able to transmit power while on the reel. Although live connection cables can be expensive and heavy, they have advantages for applications. Collapsible reels fold flat and are useful for storage. Storage reels are meant purely for storage, and cannot be used unless the cable is unwound. The final type, reel and cable assembly, contains a wire, reel, and other items.

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