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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.

Key Features


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


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


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


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

  • Bullwheels:

    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)

  • Weight*: 

    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