A cable drum trailer: choosing the right version

A cable drum trailer: choosing the right version

Cable drum trailers are available in various models and sizes. When buying a cable drum trailer, it’s important to clarify which type of trailer is the best match for your company. In this blog we identify the three most important points you should take into account when making your choice.

In selecting the right cable drum trailer model it’s a good idea to consider such things as the transport movements your drums need to make, your drum dimensions and your specific trailer requirements, such as flexibility.

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Fast traffic or slow traffic
An essential choice you need to make is between a fast traffic or slow traffic cable drum trailer. A slow traffic trailer doesn’t need a number plate and has a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour. So, you can’t take this cable drum trailer on the highway. Slow traffic cable drum trailers are sufficient if you only need to transport drums over short distances. If your cable drum trailer needs to go by road a lot and cover long distances, in most cases the fast traffic cable drum trailer is the best option.

Dimensions
The type of cable drum trailer you choose of course depends on the dimensions and weight of the drums you want to transport and unwind. There is a wide range of cable drum trailers with various dimensions and load carrying capacities. The trailers can also be fitted with various axles, depending on the drum shaft diameter.

If you use large drums that exceed the maximum permitted vehicle width on the road (2.55 metres), you can select a slow traffic cable drum trailer with a removable central section. You can use this to adjust the trailer width for transport. The drum and the cable drum trailer are then taken to the work site separately. The cable drum trailer is assembled on site after which the drum is placed in the trailer. This ensures that the drum can be moved easily on the site itself and makes unwinding the cable easy too. Slow traffic cable drum trailers can be granted an exemption as an exception if the 2.55 metre width is exceeded.

Cable drum trailers can also be fitted with optional support brackets with an additional shaft for positioning smaller drums.

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Single or twin axle
A cable drum trailer can be fitted with a single or twin axle (tandem axle). The advantage of a tandem axle is that it offers more stable road holding. This is an important plus point if you need to cover longer distances. The disadvantage of a tandem axle is that it is less manoeuvrable. If a cable drum trailer needs to be moved and turned quickly and easily on site and on unpaved surfaces, the more manoeuvrable single axle is probably preferable. Many types of cable drum trailers can be delivered as either single axle or tandem axle.

Selection tool
Want to find out which cable drum trailer is suitable for your company? Then download the handy cable drum trailer selection tool. This will help you decide which cable drum trailer is best for you in a few simple steps. For instance, what is the weight and size of the drums that you want to place on the cable drum trailer? Do you only want to use the cable drum trailer for unwinding cables or also for rewinding? And do you want a fast traffic or slow traffic cable drum trailer? You can also get in touch with us to discuss the possibilities, free of obligations.

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