BWT-1303 Bullwheel Tensioner

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BWT-1303 Bullwheel Tensioner

Dual 30” 5-Groove Bullwheel Tensioner – 3,000 lbs. Capacity

Plenty of power in a compact configuration. The S+R BWT 1303 Bullwheel Tensioner utilize precision machined urethane lined grooves for ultimate control of conductors, both conventional and OPGW Fiber Optic to maintain maximum conductor life. Frame and superstructure are made of high strength, continuously welded steel tube for strength and rigidity. Bronze ventilated disc brakes paired with permanently sealed bearings housed inside a pillow block bearing support give premier life span and the lowest friction assembly for tensioning conductor.



Precision bullwheel tensioner, with reel carrier and controlled conductor payout and retrieval system in a single piece of equipment.


Integrated reel carrier accommodates reels up to 72″ OD and 6,500 lbs.


Tensioning capacity of 3,000 lbs in a compact footprint.


Pair of 30-inch, 5-groove bullwheels with solid-cast machined urethane linings, coupled with 20” diameter bronze disc brake. Bullwheels are canted for right-hand lay, left-hand lay, or twisted pair conductor.



Tensioning Capcity

3,000 lbs.

Maximum Line Speed

Pulling: 4 mph

Maxiumum Conductor Reel Size

72 in. OD x 44-1/2 in. wide

Maximum Conductor Reel Weight

6,500 lbs. fully loaded

Reel Shaft Diameter

2-5/8 in.

Payout Brake

16 in. dia. disc, bronze


Nominal Diameter: 30 in.
Count: 2
Groove Count: 5
Groove Radius: 3/4 in.
Groove Lining: Polyurethane
Bottom of Groove Diameter: 28-1/2 in

Tension Brake

20 in. dia. disc, bronze

Brake Control

3-axis caliper, manual

Fairlead Rollers

Adjustable Urethane

Operator’s Safety Enclosure


Frame Construction

Steel tubing

Length (Overall, Nom.)

16 ft., 2 in.

Width (Overall, Nom.)

8 ft

Height (Overall, Nom.)

10 ft. (to top of upper bullwheel)


5,370 lbs.




PowerPack option for front jack control, electric over hydraulic tension brake, and power for available Retriever and Spider Rewind pilot line option

Retriever option for powered conductor take-up and rewind on reel stand (compatible with PowerPack option or auxiliary power source)

Spider® Pilot Line System with independent levelwind (PowerPack option required)

Solar battery charger

RDG-2100 Rotating Distribution Ground

DG-4100 Running Ground

Galvanized Finish Available

Full vinyl cover

Bullwheel only cover

Payout brake cover