LARSON CABLE TRAILERS – APPLICATIONS FOR THE FIBER & POWER MARKETS
*those listed in bold indicate options available for the trailers.
FIBER OPTIC Industry (Private contractors, Telephone Co-ops, Telecommunications):
- Figure 8’ing of fiber optic cable. Only 2 people required for this operation. Extremely fast operation, requiring minimal area to figure 8, and greatly reduces the chances of twisting your loops up. Cable can be figure 8’ed at approximately 750’/minute, resulting in increased production. Several companies have done cost analysis on the trailer and comparing it to the “by hand” method, some have seen enough of an increase in production to pay for the trailer in about 2 weeks of use. Not only are you increasing production, you are reducing labor costs by taking the figure 8 process from being a 5-6 man operation to a 2 man operation that can quite often double production in a day.
- The Larson trailer and Figure 8 device have been tested and approved as a safe method of handling nearly every brand of Fiber Optic cable, documentation is available upon request.
- Use to roll off “job lengths” of fiber off a master reel. Allows contractors to buy fiber on large reels and cut off what they need for a specific job. Fiber is extremely hard to get now and ordering in large quantities makes it easier to stock full reels and cut into pieces as you need it.
- Fiber Blowing Attachment makes the Larson trailer convert quickly to a fiber blowing trailer.
- In a plowing situation, the trailer and reel of fiber can be out ahead of the plow train getting the cable figure 8’ed and pulled through bores, this keeps the plow train moving and results in more production.
- A Plow-Mount Kit is available to allow you to Figure 8 cable without removing the reel from the reel carrier on your plow. You simply raise the plow blade up out of the ground, remove the cable from the plow chute, and attach the Larson Figure 8 device to a bracket on the plow, and power it with the tractor’s hydraulics – and you can Figure 8 the cable off the plow. No need to remove the reel and put it on the Larson, this saves even more time & effort. Note: Having the “reel tender” option on your plow is a plus, as the reel tender acts as your “brake” and also is the “power take up” for re-winding your wire back onto the reel.
- A Remote Control Unit is available, and useful when the pile of fiber cannot be seen by the guy running the trailer, another person can be in line of site with both the trailer and figure 8 pile and can operate the trailer. (up to 1500’ line of site)
POWER Industry (Rural Electrics, City Municipalities, etc):
- Trailer can be used to carry rolls of wire to / from job sites, up to 4 reels can be placed on the trailer.
- Trailer is self contained, a ½ or ¾ ton pickup is all that is needed to support it, loading reels no longer requires an expensive crane or derrick truck, the trailer is self loading.
- Use the trailer to roll up overhead wire after dropping it on the ground and replacing it with new wire. (Can roll up a mile of wire on the ground, in about 15 minutes or so). NOTE – The Level Winding Device comes in VERY handy during this application.
- Trailer can be used to pull wire, using it like a winch. The best reel to use when doing this is an empty conduit reel – something with a 7’ or 8’ O.D., with a narrow core. A 6” steel pipe works great as the core. Note that the greater the distance between the outside of the reel and the core, the more leverage is generated and the more “pull” you’ll have with the trailer.
- Trailer can be used to string up overhead wire under tension. Works well in short “maintenance” applications of 1000’ or so? Maybe more or less, depending on the conditions. It will NOT replace the Tension Trailers or “Stringing Trailers” that are used when multiple new spans of wire are hung.
- Moving pad-mount transformers around. The hydraulic arms are used, along with a chain, to load transformers onto the trailer deck and haul around from the yard to the jobsite and back. Small equipment such as a mini excavator can be loaded on the deck as well.
- Dumpster option is handy for moving rock and dirt around – moving rock to substations, out to poles to install around poles, to clean up spills from blown transformers, etc.
- Auxiliary hydraulics on the trailer can be used to run hydraulic power tools – drills, ground rod drivers, etc.
- For putting up poles – 1 man can take the trailer out ahead of the digger truck and assemble the cross arms on the poles using the hydraulics from the trailer to power their tools. Crews also can put all their tools, parts, and accessories on the deck of the Larson trailer while moving from pole to pole.
- The Larson trailer can be equipped with di-electric hydraulic fluid. If a crew is going to be using tools that are also used on trucks that run di-electric fluid, the Larson trailer should also be filled with di-electric fluid in order to prevent contamination of the fluid on the truck.
- The Tension Brake can be used to help with replacing short runs of overhead wire under tension, such as over a driveway or road, keeps tension on the wire to prevent sagging.
- The Auxiliary Lighting Kit can be added for night time work, shining lights on the controls and work area.
- Side Roller Assembly mounts on the front or back of trailer – and allows wire to be pulled straight off the reel and then make an immediate 90° turn – this is extremely helpful when a trailer needs to be parked in an alley and the trailer has to sit perpendicular to the direction that the wire is being pulled.
- Larson makes a Pipe Rack Kit, used when you’re hauling 10’ pieces of U-Guard or PVC pipe to the job site. The Pipe Rack kit slides into the receiver hitch on the back of the Larson trailer and extends back, to give you a way to support the pipe that overhangs the trailer and also give you a way to tie it down.
- Remote Control Option available to keep the operator safe from potential electrical shock when rewinding wire or when needing to operate the trailer from a distance.