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CBS Duct Rodders

CBS Duct Rodders

Crucial for underground installation of cabling, the Duct Rodders fill a multitude of uses from cleaning ducts to locating paths, threading lines, and even pulling cables. The frequent use of a duct rodder often leaves it subject to wear and tear which is why you need the best in the business.

CBS Duct Rodders combine the ease of operation with reliable performance to increase the efficiency of your rodding operations. We use the highest quality materials to produce durable and long lasting duct rodders.

What Make CBS Rodders Different?

Considered to be the best duct rodders on the market – and for good reason. We pride ourselves on creating the highest quality rodders that are renowned for their strength and durability.

Crafted from fibreglass using a proprietary process where the glass fibres are strictly uni-directional with an optimal density of 80% which results in substantially stronger rodders than pultruded manufacturing can offer. They are then covered in a UV stabilised, polypropylene thermoplastic jacket to provide excellent handling characteristics throughout its life span, and boost the corrosion resistance without adding weight.

Designed not to soften or lose tensile strength in hot weather nor become brittle under cold conditions, the CBS Duct Rodders can be used throughout the year.

Rodder Carriers

Each Duct Rodder is mounted on a tough frame that assists with the payout/pay-in of the rod using an eyebolt with nylon bushing design. This frame is crafted from tubular steel alloy and powder coated for corrosion resistance to last as long as the Duct Rodders.

Larger diameter carriers are equipped with inboard wheels for easier manoeuvrability on site and features a hand-operated brake to control payout.

Rodder Ends

CBS Rodders come supplied with a male threaded end fitting with a tapered head on the leading end, and a female threaded fitting on the back end and can be used with the following accessories to easily meet the needs of the job at hand.

  • Flexible Leader – Large and small, this leader manoeuvres around corners effectively.
  • Roller guide – Over an existing cable or empty conduit, the roller guide reduces the amount of pushing force required.
  • Swivel Coupling – This coupling rotates freely to prevent rotation of the rod when being pulled, avoiding any twisting or breakage that could occur.
CBS GentL Air Cable Blowing Machine – Practical and Safe

CBS GentL Air Cable Blowing Machine – Practical and Safe

Built to safely and efficiently install blown fibre into microducts using a battery operated drill and compressed air, the CBS GentL Air Blowing Machine is a portable and affordable solution that still offers a powerful array of features.

Designed around 1-3mm diameter cables in duct sizes of 4-7mm, the GentL Air is ideal for installing today’s popular small size fibre optic cables. These small cables can be delicate which is why the GentL Air is designed to put as little stress on them as possible. Supplied with a built-in clutch mechanism, the GentL Air protects the cables during installation and is fully adjustable so you can find the right settings for optimised blowing.

We recommend using a crash test to determine the clutch settings before blowing – simply take a piece of duct, put a cap on the end and run fibre into the duct until it hits the dead end. Start the test at a low clutch setting, increasing over time to find the optimal setting without over pushing the cable.

Due to its compact natural and external power source, the GentL Air is easy to transport between jobs and is supplied with a travel bag. Optional accessories include a tripod mount, and a drill stand for sturdy placement while blowing helping to make using the GentL Air Blowing Machine easier than ever.

CBS Tornado Blowing Machine Maintenance Guide – Lubricating the Drive Chains

CBS Tornado Blowing Machine Maintenance Guide – Lubricating the Drive Chains

Keeping the CBS Tornado Cable Blowing Machine maintained is critical to keeping it working at peak efficiency, and is a relativity simple task for your team to carry out. In this blog we’ll cover the most important maintenance that is often overlooked – the proper lubrication of the drive chains.

Every time that you or your team use the Tornado Blowing Machine, the following lubrication should be carried out, this will help prevent the chain from running dry and inefficiently – causing increased job times and wear on the components of the Tornado. We suggest using Metaflux Spray Grease 70-80 – the same grease we send with the Tornado from the factory.

Follow these steps below to properly lubricate the chains of your Tornado Cable Blowing Machine:

  1. Run the Tornado at 45m/min without any cable or applied air
  2. Carefully insert the spray tube from the canister into the red painted holes on the operator side of both the top and bottom aluminium drive castings until the chain can just be felt
  3. Withdraw the spray tube 20-25mm and spray for approximately 1 second

Warning: Do not over lubricate the Tornado’s chains as this can lead to the drive belts becoming contaminated with lubricant. If contamination does occur thoroughly wipe the belts clean before attempting to blow any cables. Do not use harsh solvents. Do not use WD40 or similar sprays as these contain solvents that will wash away the graphite lubricant in the bearings.

This simple maintenance service on the Tornado is necessary to keep the machine in pristine condition and will prevent down time and lost revenue in the future.

C-780 Overhead Line Construction Winch

C-780 Overhead Line Construction Winch

Designed to give reliable, flexible winching system to meet all 11/33kV work, together with some 66kV and 132kV maintenance requirements. The system employs a range of drums to suit particular applications. The powerful winch is mounted on a robust steel chassis with a single axle trailer facility for site manoeuvrability. The engine fitted with electric start, powers the drive spindle of the drum via a gearbox and hydraulic circuit, which is designed to achieve smooth, variable control of the winding operation in either direction. The powered hydraulic drum lifting device, together with hydraulic stabilising jacks provides safe drum handling. Hydraulic layering device fitted as standard.

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Meet the Whisper – CBS Product’s Versatile Blowing Machine

Meet the Whisper – CBS Product’s Versatile Blowing Machine

More and more cables are on the market than ever before, so you need one machine that can be adaptable to all types of cables and sizes – meet the CBS Whisper.

Designed around being adaptable to different cable sizes ranging from 2-8.5mm in diameter, the Whisper provides a single solution for installing cables at the end of the infrastructure network with its unparalleled flexibility and simple to use design. In addition the Whisper can be configured to be compatible with flat drop fibres with or without tracers.

Powered by an external drill, we recommend using a variable speed model with adjustable torque setting powered by an 18-20 volt battery. Additionally a brushless type drill manufactured by an industrial grade manufacturer will ensure a long life for both the blowing machine and drill.

[The Whisper] works well, is easy to use, and offers value [unsurpassed] in it’s price range.

Chris Gemme

Manage of Product and Customer Support Engineering, CommScape