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Old 04-08-2007, 12:54 PM
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At the risk of stepping beyond the discussion, I have never understood the need for a poly roll rack like we are talking about. The ones I have seen are very pricey. Reams Sprinkler Supply used to carry one in the KC metro area. Not sure how far their coverage area goes.
http://www.reams.net/

BUT, I always prefered to "shake out" the pipe myself before a pull. As has been mentioned, over-taping has been a problem of late and "seeing" the pipe is never a bad thing. I connect the roll to the finger, and then take a few steps back to stretch things out. Then kick of 4-6 "loops" of pipe. Flip the roll to reverse the "twist" and kick off 4-6 "loops" again. flip and repeat until you have enough pipe out to make your pull. A second pair of eyes at the point of entry is a good idea, but not always practical (I'm not the only guy pulling solo out there). In this case, I take the roll and "loops" down toward the direction I am pulling, or in a spot so I can watch the pipe and make sure things keep moving.
I just hate walking the pipe out, takes up my time LOL. One plus to the reel is that you will not have alot of scrape pipe in the back of your truck at the end of the day. I think with the reel that you could probably get 2 or 3 more zones in in a day too. If you have one guy unroll the pipe when you pull , now he can be digging the head holes. Many time I have kinked the pipe using the loop way.

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They have them here. http://www.utimachines.com
I have one and it works great....ask for Mike he is the owner.

Too big. The one I seen was a flat unit, made for easy transport. It wouldn't be much bigger then the roll of pipe. I have a day in the shop this Wed. I think I'll stop down at the local metal yard and buy some 1 in. square stock and make one. I'll take some pic. when I'm done with it.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:44 AM
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They have them here. http://www.utimachines.com
I have one and it works great....ask for Mike he is the owner.
I saw a brochure for one of those at one of my supply houses. Their website is so bad that it stopped me from ever doing a follow up. I wouldn't have minded getting some more info on their plow as well...

If the pipe roller would knock down to minimize trailer space when not in use, it'd be pretty slick.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:33 PM
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What is wrong with their web site? Mike is a fantastic guy to deal with, I bought a plow off him in 2001, it has worked great, blows the ditchwhitch sx100 out of the water any day. The reel doesn't fold up but is light and stands up on end.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:10 PM
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I fianlly spent exhorbitant money last year, tracked one down in the mid west and bought it. I'd threatened to buy or make one for years and didn't. I'm happy I finally bought it. Works well and cuts labor in half for pipe installation. The guys even leave the pipe and rack on the trailer sometimes and just reroll when done. I'll check on the manufacturer.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:39 PM
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... I'll check on the manufacturer.
Or take a picture with a digital camera and post it up here with the manufacturer's name and link. (Just trying to beat Mike to the punch line.)
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:49 PM
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I have some pic. of the one I'm making tomorrow
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:02 PM
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What is wrong with their web site? Mike is a fantastic guy to deal with, I bought a plow off him in 2001, it has worked great, blows the ditchwhitch sx100 out of the water any day. The reel doesn't fold up but is light and stands up on end.
What makes thier plow so much better than a 100sx (believe me, no love lost here on 100sx's... grrr)?

Also... what kind of a price range is that pipe reel? I don't think I'm gonna be able to find a decent helper this year, so that reel may be a good investment from a time perspective.

Too bad that UTI doesn't seem to have any distributors this far west.
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Old 04-21-2007, 05:02 PM
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It's built very tought and easy to operate. The 100sx doesn't even compare.

I think the reel is around $600.00.
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Old 04-22-2007, 01:33 AM
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$600 for the reel???!!!! I'm thinking that that won't fit into the budget.... yikes....
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:23 AM
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$600 for the reel???!!!! I'm thinking that that won't fit into the budget.... yikes....
Helper to roll out pipe at $X/hour divided by $600 = ????? Even at minimum wage (and if you can find help that will even show up 3 out of 5 for minimum, you're beating the odds really bad) your going to pay for the reel in a month.

Machinery that you use is rarely a bad investment. One of the biggest humps an installer makes it over is owning vs renting his machinery.
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