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Clever Wire Spool Methods?

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Hey community

So I am needing to spool up 1000 feet of 10/3 cable. Its left over from a failed wind turbine generator site(not enough wind)
The wire has been in the woods/forest for 15 years or so. Its all straight. The person I am doing this for wants it to be spooled up for storage. In return I get however much wire I need for our new east/west solar panel array.

I am hoping to roll it up in the forest but than I thought maybe someone has a good repurposed way to do this? Or maybe something I haven't even thought of?

I suspect the cable might be stiff? Its also summer so it might be more malleable than say doing it in the winter.

So what do you have? ideas? repurposed? spool the wire than take it off the spool? Homemade spool? Cable spool?
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Modified Spinning Jenny like used on high-tesile?

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I like Burl's idea, if you have a tractor... There's a fence supply near me that also rents equipment, could be worth looking into.

I'm trying to guess at the bulk of the cable... 10/3 what? UF cable? with a ground conductor? or round rubber jacketed stuff like SJ cable? 1000 feet of 10/3 is more than you want to lift for sure.

Maybe you can get an empty reel from an electrical supply house? or a telephone/internet company? (There's some empty reels in my neighborhood on Craigslist, only 3000 miles away!)
It sounds as if it is laying on the ground? or overhead and could be on the ground? in which case you could bring the reel to the uphill end and roll the reel over the cable towards the downhill end, gathering the cable as you go.
Maybe you could pull from one end, but risk damaging it in many ways and no way to watch the entire length.

You might also make some measurements while it is laid out (if there's no markings already on the cable) for approximately what you are going to take for your project. For that matter, two smaller reels might be handy, one for your piece from one end, and the second reel for his piece from the other end.
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I would worry that the insulation may be brittle after 15 years in the open. The tigher the bends, the more opportunity for internal damage. I'd hate to see a ton of work leaving only scrap metal, or a failure-prone installation.

I wonder if a pallet on a tractor/bobcat with pallet forks could be used to gently make 4' loops? It's a lot of weight though.
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