Your Cable Laying Equipment Checklist


Cable laying is an important part of a project, often involving crucial infrastructure such as power cables, telecommunications cables and fibre optic cables.

If you work in the construction industry, you know that forgetting an important piece of equipment can have huge economic and timeline setbacks for projects, so we’ve put together a checklist for you to come back to whenever a new job comes through.

At Winch Hire Australia, we determine the quality of cable laying equipment by its ability to function safely throughout its life, as this ensures the safety of the person operating it and project efficiency. As you’ll see through this checklist, each tool has a special role to make sure the job is done effectively.

Let’s dive right in.

Essential Cable Laying Equipment

Here are the pieces of equipment that you need during a cable laying operation:

1.Cable Winch

A Cable Winch is a mechanical device that is used to pay-out, pull up or adjust the tension of a cable. It consists of a spool and may either be powered by a motor or hand crank, depending on the weight of the load. During operation, a cable winch is placed at the entrance of a trench to provide smooth and controlled distribution. Applications include telecommunications, lightweight power cabling and heavy power cables.

2. Cable Jack / Stand

A cable jack / stand lets you conveniently manoeuvre the cable into position or rest it aside in-between work as needed. From scissor lift cable jacks to cable stands with bottle jacks and hydraulic drum drives, we’ve got what you need to get the job done.

Our cable jacks are designed to provide a lightweight, portable stand to handle medium-sized drums of power and data cables. They can be operated safely and efficiently by one person and are easy to assemble and dismantle. We can accommodate drum widths of up to 1800mm so you can easily throw it in the back of your ute or a trailer for easy transportation.

3. Cable Pusher

Often when laying cable, it needs to be fed through a duct or conduit. A cable pusher is designed to simply and effectively push a single cable through without the use of a winch or pull rope.

Winch Hire Australia has two cable pusher options. There’s a 1 Tonne 10kN Hydraulic Cable pusher that’s compact and suitable for cable diameters of 110mm or 150mm. You can also pair it with a cable pusher mini loader for added manoeuvrability and efficiency.

The other option is a 1.3 Tonne 13kN pendant-style remote-controlled cable pusher designed for installing long lengths of cable up to 150mm diameter. The pendant control allows the operator to have optimal observation and control from a safe distance. All parameters are adjustable to give the unit the largest possible envelope, maximise its versatility and ensure that cables are not damaged through bruising or buckling.

4. Cable Trailer

Cable Trailers are essential cable laying equipment as they allow materials to be easily transported to the worksite and put into position. Our trailers are also equipped with systems for controlled spooling or rewinding cables. Our range of cable trailers extends from 0.6 Tonne to 6.5 Tonne and many of these are made by Redmond Gary Australia Trailers, an Australian manufacturer that sets the standard in safety and quality.

5. Drum Drives

We’ve saved the best for last. If you require the biggest and most heavy duty cable laying equipment, we have the Herculean sized 25 and 35 Tonne drum drives. Powered by a hydraulic diesel engine, these self contained units offer multiple hitching options and are pallet sized for easy transportation.

Tick Off Your Checklist With Winch Hire Australia

Now you know everything about cable laying equipment, you can get started ticking off your checklist and get to work.

Winch Hire Australia has an experienced team ready to answer any questions. Contact us on 07 3376 2888 or use our contact form.