12. Loading the reel unit.
a. On reel unit RL-31-E, turn the stops on a divided axle one-quarter turn to
accommodate two small reels. If a large reel is to be used, turn the stops until the flat surfaces
of the stops are level with the flat surfaces of the rest of the axle. (See Figure 42.) No stops
are provided on solid axles (RL-31, RL-31-B, RL-31-C, and RL-31-D).
b. Place the axle through the hole in the reel(s). (See Figure 43.)
c. Pull the bearing latches away from the bearing blocks and swing the bearing cap
outward. (See Figure 44.)
Always wear gloves when handling reels and wire during
setup and pay out.
d. With an operator at each end of the axle, lift the reel with gloved hands, and place it
in the bearing blocks of the reel unit.
e. Close the bearing caps and latch the bearing latches.