What’s In Your Truck: Circuit Wire Pulling Tricks for Speed and Efficiency

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As a former field electrician, I have dealt with the struggles that come with guiding and gripping circuit wire to prepare it for pulling. Over the years, I have learned a few wire pulling tricks.

To help you make the most of your time at work, we’ve compiled a blog series titled: “What’s in Your Truck?” The tools we reveal in these blogs will help make your job safer, easier, and faster – so you can save money, stay safe, and get more done. This is the first blog in the series.

As a former electrician, I feel your pain when it comes to the amount of time spent prepping, waiting on, cleaning, and moving materials. Through my years in the field, I learned about a few simple solutions that make a dramatic difference in time savings – and will help reduce overall installation costs for you.

So let’s find out … what’s in my truck to guide and grip circuit wire? (And what should be in your truck, too?)


To attach circuit wire to most pulling heads, electricians must strip or tape the wire first. Making pulling heads can take up valuable time, damage the wire and create an opportunity for injury if a tool were to accidentally slip. What do you have in your truck now to grip circuit wire?.

The reusable SIMpull GripIT™ Circuit Size Pulling Head from Southwire lets you easily attach up to seven circuit wires to it – 14 AWG to 10 AWG solid or stranded – without stripping or taping the wire. If you have a pull that requires more than seven wires, you can simply connect one SIMpull GripIT to another. It also easily connects to fish tape, string or rope.

Because the pulling head is rust and corrosion resistant, it is something you can easily leave in your truck without worrying about damage.Does the SIMpull CoilPAK sound like something you want to keep in your truck? (Or do you want to try it out?) Van Meter has experts and specialists on staff who can meet you in your office or on the jobsite to show you how products like these work – and how they can truly save time, money, and resources to help you be as efficient as possible. While we’re there, we can also tell you about customers who are seeing great success after making the switch.

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  • Hands free circuit wire feeding
  • No more knuckle busters - reduces the need to route circuit wire into a raceway
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  • Reusable pulling head for circuit wire
  • Easily attach up to 7 wires per GRIPit
  • Easily connects to fish tape, string or rope

What do you have in your truck to help you route circuit wire? By keeping Southwire’s SIMpull GuideIT™ circuit router in your truck, you can safely guide circuit wire into a circuit panel box or a junction box, protecting the wire no matter the angle of the pull. It mounts easily to the panel and can guide paralleled conductors into the panel and conduit. A universal adapter allows for hands-free feeding and routing in enclosures up to 32 inches.

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On the Jobsite: Handheld Wire Pull

Check out one of our customers demonstrate a wire pull using Southwire's GuideIT.

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The hands-free router prevents damage to the wire during installation and reduces the need to route the wire into a raceway or conduit.

Simply put, I keep the GripIT and GuideIT in my truck because they:

  • Save time by not having to strip or tape wire
  • Can be left in the truck without worrying about damage or rust
  • Ensure that wire is protected, even at difficult angles
  • Prevent damage to wire during installation
garry o'leary van meter



O'Leary joined Van Meter in 2011 and has more than 22 years in the jobsite safety industry.