Electrical Contractor Adds Felling Trailers, Inc. FT-6R’s to Fleet

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. - Southland Electric, Inc., a woman-owned commercial and industrial electrical contractor that serves the Southern California region needed cable reel trailers for aerial work.

Southland Electric, Inc. looked to Felling Trailers Inc.'s FT-14 R cable reel trailer. Working with Mark Rapp, Felling Trailers Inc.'s Utility and Telecom Product Manager, Southland Electric, Inc. was able to ensure that the right trailer for the project was ordered.

"We install, splice, and test San Diego Gas & Electric's fiber optic and copper communication cables between substations. Recently, we have been installing a fiber optic cable 1 foot above a 16" gas main," said Dale Thompson, an Outside Plant Supervisor for Southland Electric, Inc.

After reviewing the project's needs, Thompson decided that the FT-6 R would be sufficient for the company's current needs. Southland Electric, Inc. took delivery of its first FT-6 R cable reel in May; the trailer was equipped with hydraulic retriever/take-up, rim drive, with a self-contained hydraulic power pack.

"I was thoroughly impressed with our new FT-6 R reel trailer. It's a beautiful cable dolly. Hydraulics are very well done. Very sharp in appearance. Very easy to use," said Thompson.  "We are trenching 150' to 200' a day, so we have to figure 8 the entire reel of cable to be able to pull it under any gas, telecom, cable, etc. Then we use our new Felling FT-6R trailer to wind up the cable and put it back in the trench,” Thompson continued.

With the first FT-6 R in service, an additional set of customized reel trailers were needed. Customizing a trailer to a customer's needs is Felling's forte, Rapp worked with Felling's Engineering and Weld teams to execute a request for Southland Electric, Inc's for two trailers that could accommodate a capacity for a 38-inch reel, (50 reels total) and the rim drive to be extended by another 2-inches.

Thompson shared, "Thank you for such a great product!"

About Felling Trailers, Inc. 

Felling Trailers, Inc. has been providing innovative trailer solutions to the transportation industry for over 45 years. Felling Trailers' current capabilities allow them to provide a high-quality product that is distributed across North America and internationally. Felling Trailers, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certified company, WBENCE-Certified WBE company, and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, please visit www.felling.com

Source: Felling Trailers, Inc. Press Release