Reels Basic Info
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|Reel - noun, Commonly, a round device with a lip or flange used for storing and transporting flexible materials such as sewing
thread, wire and cable, fishing line, tubing and film. Also, the amount of the material wound on the device.
Building Reels - Our reels are made to our customers' specifications which are driven by the weight, strength and flexibility of the
product being wound on the reels. Wood reels are larger, heavier and more durable than plywood reels. Wood reels are
generally used to distribute wire rope, cable and flexible tubing. Small plywood reels [12" to 15" flange] that are not exposed to the
elements often have fiber drums made from paper tubing. Our larger plywood reels [over 18" diameter flanges] generally have
drums made out of wood stave material.
Basic Dimensions - A 48x30x24 reel would have:
Flange = 48"diameter
Traverse = 30" between the inside of the flanges
Drum = 24" diameter
- Flange -The diameter of the outer "wheel" of the reel
- Traverse- The distance between the two flanges
- Drum - The diameter of the internal drum of the reel
- Overall width- The maximum width including flange thickness
- Arbor hole- The arbor hole accommodates the axle of the reel winder
when the reel is being wound and unwound. Most wood reels have
arbors of 3" to 5" in diameter. Some of our customers require arbors that
are 2-1/4" to 6" inches in diameter.
- Drive hole- A drive hole[s] is often used to spin the reel during winding
and unwinding. It is generally about 2" in diameter and located some
distance from the arbor within the diameter of the drum.
- Drive hole radius- Distance from center of flange to center of drive hole
- Start hole radius- A start hole, if used, is where the material being
wound is inserted to hold it taut as the winding begins
- Start hole width-Hole could be a slot depending on material to be
wound on reel.
- Drum thickness-For wood drums this is generally either the thickness
of a 2x4 stave or a 5/4x6 stave. For fiber or paper drums this varies.
- Bolts [or threaded rod] diameter- generally, 1/4",3/8", 1/2", or 5/8"
depending on the size of the flange.
- Bolts radius- From center of flange. For drums made of staves the bolt
radius generally is the center of the drum groove.
- Flange thickness- For wood reels, thickness is generally denoted by the
number of layers and thickness of lumber layers [e.g., 3/2 is 3 layers of
nominal 2x lumber].For plywood reels, it is the thickness of plywood
used. Most of our plywood reel flanges are 3/4" thick. Flange thickness
determines the width of the drum groove.
- Center support- Thickness of center supports, if necessary.
- Drum material- Paper tubes, fiber tubes or drums made with wooden staves. Depending on the size of the drum, our
wooden staves are generally 5/4 boards or 2x4 boards.
- Metal arbor - We use metal plates to protect the arbor hole. Metal arbors can be as simple as a square with an arbor hole
in the middle or they can have additional support in the form of a short section of steel pipe welded to the inside of the
- Delicate material- Products such as fiber optic cable or divers' flexible tubing with breathing and communications
components cannot be wound in a tight circle. Since they need a large gentle arc they would have a large drum dimension
relative to the flange size. We can make reels any size you need.
- Exposure to the elements- If the wound reel is going to be exposed to the elements during transportation and/or storage
we recommend a wood reel.
- Center support- In large reels [especially ones with a long traverse] or ones carrying significant weight we commonly use
center supports on the inside of the drum. The center support can be a simple cross of stave material or a flange that fits
snugly on the inside of the drum.
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