Review of the JB250 Wire Caddy – Dispenses 250 Foot Rolls of Romex, MC Cable and Greenfield
December 4, 2009
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.
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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