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Review of the JB250 Wire Caddy – Dispenses 250 Foot Rolls of Romex, MC Cable and Greenfield

December 4, 2009

JB250 Wire Caddy with 250 ft coil of 12/3 romex

I found a new electrical wire caddy which easily dispenses 250 ft coils of 14/2, 14/3, 12/2, 12/3, 10/2 and 10/3 romex and MC cable for a great price. This can also be used to store rope, twine, ribbon and plastic tubing.

The package arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. So the first thing we need to do is open it up and put this thing together. I documented the steps below.

JB250 Wire Caddy pagkage This is how the JB250 Wire Caddy is packaged and arrived. So the first thing that needs to be done is open the package and take everything out.
JB250 Wire Caddy kit After removing everything from the package, you will find that the kit includes 2 – reel sides, 4 – 4″ x 1/4″ bolts, 4 – 6″ x 1/4″ bolts, 8 – 1/4″ x 1″ flat washers, 8 – 1/4″ x 3″ tubing, 4 – 1/4″ wing nuts.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #1 Step #1 – insert bolts through reel side which has pockets for bolt heads.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #2 Step #2 – ensure that the bolt heads are properly seated within the pockets.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #3 Step #3 – place 4 washers (one per bolt) on each bolt.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #4 Step #4 – place 4 – 1/4″ x 3″ pieces of tubing on the bolts.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #5 Step #5 – Cut 1″ off of each of the other 1/4″ x 3″ pieces of tubing. Then slide the 2″ pieces over the bolts.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #6 Step #6 – place 4 washers (one per bolt) on each bolt on top of the tubing.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #7 Step #7 – place the romex onto the wire caddy.
JB250 Wire Caddy - Assembly step #8 Step #8 – place the other reel side over the bolts and secure in place with the 4 wing nuts.

The only wire that I had in the back of my truck was a new roll of 12/3 NM cable. So I elected to use the 6 inch bolts. The manufacturer has made a change to include 4 – 1/4″ nuts to all future versions of this kit. I like that. These nuts will be useful to hold the bolts in place while you are placing the romex onto the wire caddy and putting it together.

If you use the 4 inch bolts, then I recommend placing the 1/4″ nuts on the bolts in step #3 above. Then place those washers in between the wing nuts and the reel side in the final step. If you use the 6 inch bolts, then I recommend placing the 1/4″ nuts on the bolts in step #6 above. Then place those washers in between the wing nuts and the reel side in the final step.

After putting it together, I like the design. It is small, lightweight and rugged. I think it will hold up to the abuse us electricians, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers will put it through.

Now I need to go use it. I’m going to go install a couple of new receptacles and a new circuit for a friend in his unfinished basement. After using it, I really like it. I have a stand which sets on the floor that I used with the wire caddy. This worked perfectly in the unfinished basement; which didn’t have any framing up. The wire reeled off of the coils just fine and everything worked real well.

The manufacturer is working on a stand for this system which will sit on the floor. This will be a great addition to this wire caddy. Until then, you just need to place a 3/4″ piece of EMT through the center hole of the wire caddy. Then fasten or suspend each end of the EMT to existing framing members or span it across the inside of a ladder.

A lot of you are probably thinking why do I need a wire caddy? Well, a wire caddy is used to spool the cable off of the roll or coil and prevent it from twisting and knotting up. The wire caddy also protects your wire from being damaged during installation. The electrical wiring is a permanent part of your home. Why would you risk damaging it during the installation? All professional electricians use a wire caddy when installing romex in a house. Not only do they make installing romex faster and easier, they make it safer by helping prevent damage to the cable.

I think the biggest benefit of this wire caddy is the incredible price. You may purchase the JB250 Wire Caddy over at The Electrical Tool Store for $24.95 + S&H.

Just to give you an idea of how good this price is, Arlington makes a wire caddy which hangs from the framing that you can get for about $75.00. Greenlee makes a nice stud-mount wire caddy which adjusts for 2×4 and 2×6 studs but, it sells for about $150.00 each. For $150.00, it does not include the upper attached caddy as shown in the picture. This costs extra. Greenlee also makes a wire caddy which sits on the floor for about $250.00.

What are your thoughts? Have you used a wire caddy to install your romex, MC cable or greenfield on past projects? Are you going to use one for future electrical wiring projects?

 

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