Wire Rope Reel Chart

Listed below are some of the most commonly used reels in our inventory and the approximate lengths of wire rope that will fit on the reels.

Reel Size Reel Size
HB D 3/16 1/4 5/16 3/8 1/2 5/8 3/4 7/8 1 1 1/8 3/16 3/16
12 x 6 x 5 500 300 200 125
18 x 8 x 8 1,800 1,200 800 600 300
24 x 16 x 12 6,400 3,900 2,600 2,000 1,200 800
26 x 16 x 12 8,300 5,100 3,400 2,600 1,550 1,000 625 450
28 x 16 x 12 10,300 6,400 4,300 3,300 1,900 1,200 800 570 450
32 x 16 x 14 7,800 5,200 3,700 2,350 1,550 1,100 800 600 475
36 x 24 x 16 13,900 9,400 6,700 4,200 2,750 1,950 1,400 1,100 850 625
40 x 22 x 18 13,000 5,800 5,800 3,800 2,700 1,950 1,500 1,200 900 725
42 x 22 x 18 19,300 10,000 6,250 4,100 2,900 2,100 1,600 1,300 1,000 850


REEL CAPACITY

Due to tolerances on diameters and variety of constructions of wire rope, it is difficult to calculate the maximum length of wire rope that can be spooled on a reel or drum. The formula below may be used to calculate reel capacities with at least one wire rope diameter below the flange diameter, for clearance ("X"). Calculated reel capacities are based on uniform rope winding on the reel.

Reel Diagram L = (A + D) x A x B x K

L = length of wire rope in feet
A = depth of rope space on reel in inches
B = width of drum between flanges in inches
D = barrel diameter in inches
K = constant for given wire rope diameter (per table below)
H = diameter in reel flange in inches
X = clearance

Diameter (inches) K Diameter (inches) K Diameter (inches) K
1/16 49.8 1/2 0.925 1 3/8 0.127
3/32 23.4 9/16 0.741 1 1/2 0.107
1/8 13.6 5/8 0.607 1 5/8 0.0886
5/32 8.72 11/16 0.506 1 3/4 0.0770
3/16 6.14 3/4 0.428 1 7/8 0.0675
7/32 4.59 13/16 0.354 2 0.0597
1/4 3.29 7/8 0.308 2 1/8 0.0532
5/16 2.21 1 0.239 2 1/4 0.0476
3/8 1.58 1 1/8 0.191 2 3/8 0.0419
7/16 1.19 1 1/4 0.152 2 1/2 0.0380

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