The new ReelLift system combines the functions of reel pickup and transport with semi-autonomous hydraulic cable payout, retrieval and figure-eight deployment in one compact, truck bed-based package. - Photo: HydraBed

The new ReelLift system combines the functions of reel pickup and transport with semi-autonomous hydraulic cable payout, retrieval and figure-eight deployment in one compact, truck bed-based package.

Photo: HydraBed

Utility hydraulics manufacturer HydraBed introduced a new version of its Reel Lift lifting unit, the ReelLift Reel Management System, a full-capability solution that performs all the major functions of reel and cable handling.

Enabling utility workers and contractors to reduce their reel and cable handling time by up to 50%, according to the manufactureer, the new ReelLift system combines the functions of reel pickup and transport with semi-autonomous hydraulic cable payout, retrieval and figure-eight deployment in one compact, truck bed-based package.

Featuring a 5,000-pound reel capacity, the ReelLift System eliminates the need for a dedicated reel trailer, while enabling a cable crew to transport and position reels of telecom wire, fiber-optic cable, and other reelbased connective media to jobsites, and then precisely pay out, retrieve, and even create figure-eight patterns via its variable-speed, easy-to-use controls.

Features include a contractor-tested, quick-release axle security latch, a built-in 20,000-pound-rated tow hitch and an five-year structural warranty.

“Specifically designed to help utility workers and contractors operate more safely and efficiently, the new ReelLift Reel Management System helps reduce the time spent at the jobsite, so workers can do more in the course of a day while minimizing traffic disruption,” said Jay Russell, HydraBed’s general manager.

The ReelLift System is available through its national dealer network as a turnkey solution customized to fit most popular Chassis Cab truck models, or it can be factory-installed at HydraBed’s Sabetha, Kansas, location.