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    Default Wire Footage Counter

    I am looking for a linear footage (inches really) counter to attach to spools of wire to ease the task of measuring out several hundred lengths of wire; similar to those seen at Lowes or Home Depot for buying bulk wire. Can't seem to find what I am looking for by searching the net and hoped someone could point me in the right direction. Looking to measure out 18-24 Awg wire.
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    Those things they use at Lowes are about $700 so I doubt you want to spend that kind of cash. I did a quick search and found this but no price:

    http://www.rotosure.com/Roto_Sure/default.asp?brandId=1

    Scroll down to the bottom and look at what they call the Cable Box 50
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    Quote Originally Posted by p40whk View Post
    Those things they use at Lowes are about $700 so I doubt you want to spend that kind of cash. I did a quick search and found this but no price:

    http://www.rotosure.com/Roto_Sure/default.asp?brandId=1

    Scroll down to the bottom and look at what they call the Cable Box 50
    No, I definitely don't want to spend $700 or even the $230 that the item in your link costs. I was hoping for something low cost, even just a revolution counter to pull the wire through. Seems like it should be available. Thanks for the link, found the price at www.ustape.com.
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    Single handedly trying to stimulate the economy by purchasing more fireworks than I can afford!

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    Default Re: Wire Footage Counter

    you can contact a electrical wholesale house they can cut the wire for you in any length you need.good luck be safe

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    Good link, that actually gives me an idea of how to make one using a mechanical stroke counter and a couple of wheels. Just what I need another side project. Thanks again for the link.
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    You can always check Craigslist or auctions where maybe an electrical supply is going out of business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofaking View Post
    you can contact a electrical wholesale house they can cut the wire for you in any length you need.good luck be safe
    I do get my wire for DB25's precut and tinned from www.asapwire.com and that works out awesome and really speeds things up. I am working on slats for my firing system and need to cut various lengths in groups of 12 which currently is fairly tedious, electrical warehouse would be an option if I knew ahead of time what I needed, and I had one close.

    I will keep checking online or make one similar to the ebay post using a mechanical counter and a couple wheels. Thanks for all the suggestions and links, keep them coming if you think of anything else.
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    You can maybe make one using one of those wheels contractors use to measure off things on the ground. I am not sure what they are called but at leased you can use the counter off of it. Just an idea.

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    If I have a lot to do, I usually put stakes in the ground, then just go around the stakes till i have enough pieces then cut it at the stakes.

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    What about the cheap fishing reel counters used for trolling? I think I picked one up at GI Joes for like $5.00 before it went out of business....

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    Quote Originally Posted by joleinik View Post
    What about the cheap fishing reel counters used for trolling? I think I picked one up at GI Joes for like $5.00 before it went out of business....
    I thought you had the solution but I need a device capable of measuring inches and all the line counters I found measured in feet. I think I will buy a mechanical counter and install it on a pair of rollers with 1" circumference so every rotation registers an inch similar to a lot of the payout meters out there but on a much smaller scale. In the mean time I will continue to use the "ruler" method which works just fine.
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