What’s In Your Truck: Save Time and Effort with Southwire Simpull Fish Tape

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We have put together a blog series called: “Electricians: What’s in Your Truck?” In these blogs, I share what I keep in my truck to make electrical work safer, more efficient and extra productive. We are back with the fourth installment, where we will unveil more tricks of the trade to help you make better use of your time and resources. The tools revealed in these blogs will save you money, keep you safe and help you get more done every day.

As a former electrician, I have experienced first-hand what it is like to push or pull heavy steel fish tape through conduit. It breaks. It gets stuck. It kinks. It binds. And every time one of these things happens, you have to stop what you are doing to fix it. I have also worked with lighter-weight fiberglass, which may be easier to carry – but can also crack or break.

I found a simple solution you can throw in the back of your truck to make a noticeable difference in project downtime caused by fish tape problems.

So let’s find out … what’s in my truck to help push and pull fish tape through conduit? (And what should be in your truck, too!)


You know how it goes. You are struggling with heavy steel fish tape, trying to pull wire through conduit that is hundreds of feet long. It is not a straight run, of course – it includes a few bends and turns, which makes the task more difficult. You may even run into previously installed wires to navigate around.

What do you have in your truck now to help push or pull fish tape through EMT or PVC conduit?

I have discovered that Southwire’s SIMpull™ Non-Conductive Fish Tape significantly reduces the amount of effort required to push or pull fish tape. For starters, it is super light and does not bind up in the reel. That helps reduce installer fatigue and eliminates the hassles of handling heavy steel.


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  • Spiral extruded polymer design reduces the amount of effort required to push or pull the fish tape through EMT or PVC conduit
  • Non-conductive, glow-in-the-dark leader allows for easy install over existing wires
  • Allows the fish tape to glide through conduit without bending at joints, couplings or 90 degree bends
  • Combines the strength of a steel fish tape with greater flexibility than fiberglass fish tapes
Model # MPN Description Length
FTSP45-75NCT 63029801 SIMpull Fish Tape 4.5mm 75' Non-Conductive Tip, Large Case 75ft/22.8M Product details
FTSP45-125NCT 63163701 SIMpull Fish Tape 4.5mm 125' Non-Conductive Tip, Large Case 125ft/38.1M Product details
FTSP3-100NCT 63029901 SIMpull Fish Tape 3mm 100' Non-Conductive Tip, Medium Case 100ft/30.4M Product details
FTSP3-240NCT 63029701 SIMpull Fish Tape 3mm 240' Non-Conductive Tip, Large Case 240ft/73.1M Product details
FTSP45-240FMLT 63164701 SIMpull Fish Tape 4.5mm 240′ Flexible Metal Leader/Non Conductive, Tube 240ft/73.1M Product details

Its low-friction design combines the best of both worlds: the great flexibility found in fiberglass along with the strength found in steel to withstand long conduit runs. Made of spiral extruded polymer, it is also rustproof.

This combination saves time and prevents unnecessary interruption caused by tape breakage. Southwire’s SIMpull Non-Conductive Fish Tape does not bind at tight-radius turns, 90-degree bends, joints or couplings. Instead, it easily glides right past these obstacles, rolling off turns and continuing to move without damage. It also resists kinks and breaks – and maintains its original shape after it is bent.

A non-conductive, glow-in-the-dark leader allows you to easily install over existing wires and reduces potential damage to wire jackets.

Simply put, I keep Southwire’s SIMpull Non-Conductive Fish Tape in my truck because it:

  • Speeds up installation time and reduces installer fatigue
  • Eliminates many of the frustrations associated with pulling and pushing wire or cable through conduit
  • Allows you to easily install wire or cable over existing material or in applications with bends, turns and joints
  • It combines the best of steel and fiberglass for a strong, flexible tape
VIDEO: Southwire SIMpull Fish Tape in Action

Does SIMpull Non-Conductive Fish Tape sound like something you want to keep in your truck? (Or do you want to try it out?) Van Meter’s specialists can meet you in your office or on the jobsite to show you how it works – and how it can truly save you time and hassle, so you can be as efficient as possible. While we are there, we can tell you about customers who are seeing great success after switching from steel or fiberglass to Southwire SIMpull fish tape.

Want to learn about other tools I keep in my truck? (And the tools you should keep in your truck, too?) Check out these blogs:

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