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frustratedfarmer

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • East Lothian
Used wooden cable reels/drums
« on: March 30, 2011, 05:08:40 pm »
Where do people get these from? Looking at sites online but no luck- do you have to approach BT or similar?
I see one in Brucklay's pics and they look great as play things!

Claire  :)
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ambriel

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Kinlochbervie, NW Sutherland, Scotland
  • Mad, bad, and dangerous to know!
    • Harbour Cottage
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 05:12:29 pm »
Laying around all over the play round here. Most end up on the bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night.

frustratedfarmer

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • East Lothian
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 05:24:39 pm »
I bet you are miles away from me Ambriel  ;D

I'm in East Lothian- have tried scrap yards, Ebay you name it  ::)

Skirza

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 01:52:18 pm »
They have them near us sitting idle outside the electrical supply place on our industrial estate...it's a good place to start.

robert waddell

  • Guest
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011, 03:40:16 pm »
they are supposed to be returned they get charged if they do not return them 8)
depends what you want them for full of skelfs for children :wave:

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011, 04:56:33 pm »
Just the same as with pallets - there's thousands of them laying around rotting, until you ask somebody if you could have one or two for your pigs - then it's £10 each, plus £20 delivery plus VAT  :o
Tunkey Herd - registered Kune Kune & rare breed poultry - www.tunkeyherdkunekune.com

ambriel

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Kinlochbervie, NW Sutherland, Scotland
  • Mad, bad, and dangerous to know!
    • Harbour Cottage
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011, 06:22:37 pm »

Dozens of pallets here, too. Likewise they end up in the same place come November.

Brucklay

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
    • Brucklay Pygmy Goats
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Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2011, 09:18:49 pm »
OH is a joiner so came home from a job with it - I've been coveting one I can see from the road as we approach New Deer but not found a way to get to it yet - I would like a couple more and will try a local sparky and try - pallets we can get from Ellon but I'm alway a wee bit worried about wee legs getting trapped/stuck in them and the kids dash about a 20 mph
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!

Riggy

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2011, 09:45:06 pm »
I burn them they're a pain (I'm an Electrician).

They all have "returnable refundable" printed on them, but nobody pays a deposit on them. Generally the bigger, solid wood, ones are returned to the cable suppliers. The smaller (plywood) ones are reused by electrical wholesalers, if they are clean.

Find your local electrical wholesaler (City Electrical Factors, Senate, Newey & Eyre, Edmundson Electrical, Denmans) and go and have a chat - avoid the busy time of first thing in the morning - they'll probably give you them for free (they have to pay to dispose of the dirty ones)

Brucklay

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
    • Brucklay Pygmy Goats
    • Facebook
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2011, 09:52:39 pm »
Thank you Riggy - bit of luck you'll make lots of goats happy
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!

brooksjo

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 04:41:16 pm »
I am in Dorset and have as many old clean cable drums as anyone wants to collect. Let me know!  Jon 

Simon O

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Bonkle
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2012, 07:57:33 am »
They are great, found a big one beside road and rolled it home, it makes a good potting table in the garden! Wish I could find more

lindandamy

  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2013, 10:08:21 pm »
Where can I get some of these preferably free in Derbyshire/Sheffield?

gailbroadbent

  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2014, 02:00:50 pm »
I have a number of medium sized  ply wood cable reels, free to a good home if anyone is interested. Bury Manchester.

fifixx

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Shillingstone, Dorset
    • Bere Marsh Farm
Re: Used wooden cable reels/drums
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 07:31:29 pm »
Hi brooksjo - sent a pm, where re you in Dorset? 


 

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