USA National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) completes testing and evaluation of the Ruslyn Cordwheel
Tester 1 of 2
Tested by a member from Wisconsin
Ease of Use 4
Cleaning & Maintenance 4
Individual Score 4.55
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is the absolute best way to store, deploy, and pick up rope, cable, wire, det cord, shock tube and small-diameter hose. The design is simple, but brilliant. Reeling in couldn’t be easier. Since receiving this reel for testing, I have browsed stores for similar products to compare it to. There are many look-a-likes on the market, but they feel cheap and fragile in my hands when compared to the Ruslyn. The Ruslyn has survived drops from waist height onto concrete while loaded with 50 feet of air hose. The design allows for easy stacking for organized storage of multiple reels. After testing this reel, I wanted to purchase one for every cord, hose, rope and linear object on our truck. The only negative thing I have to say about this product is the sticker shock when I shopped for more. The price is steep, but I guess you get what you pay for!
Tester 2 of 2
Tested by a member from Missouri
Ease of Use 5
Cleaning & Maintenance 5
Individual Score 5
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is a versatile reel and can be used for numerous applications. I especially feel the option of stacking several wheels is handy, even though I only had one. I could see this feature being beneficial by taking up a smaller footprint. Putting electrical cord is nice even though it recommends unwinding it all. I see why this is important with electrical cord. The electrical cord winds fairly easily and keeps it from getting tangled. The wheel could be used for phone line for a negotiator phone for and extended reach as most phones have their own wheel/roller. If my department had rolls of rope in each patrol car, this would be beneficial to keep the rope neat and tidy while in the trunk of a cruiser for rescues. I actually might let the Lake Patrol Officer use it on the boat in the summer. The center where you grab and reel the wheel is very easy to use and a great design. It makes quick work of winding. I believe this might be of use for SWAT teams, along with the smaller version. Can’t wait to see if it is beneficial for the SWAT or Lake Patrol. I believe this would work well for crime scene tape and is definitely a better option than the boxes the tape comes in.
Black – part number AUS004754-11
NATO stock number (NSN) 8130/661533558 part number AUS004754-61
Our distributor in the UK exhibited the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Pack Reel at the 2015 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 15 – 18 September 2015.
EOD UK together with Guartel Technologies is a supplier of defence equipment to the UK Ministary of Defence (MOD). EOD UK have been supplying the Cord Wheel and Pack Reel to various areas within UK military for a number of years.
The United States National Tactical Officers Association has successfully completed field testing of the Ruslyn Pack Reel and it is now recommended as an approved product.
The Ruslyn Pack Reel is recommended by NTOA for use with hook and line cord, firing cable, detonator cord, paracord, comm lines and throw phone cable.
The Ruslyn Pack Reel is distributed in the United States by TETAC Incorporated
TETAC Incorporated is a disabled, veteran owned small business. TETAC consists of experienced engineers and explosive experts, who together, work to develop tools, tactics, and materials that increase the performance and safety of first responders and military personnel. TETAC has waterfront training facilities located in San Diego, CA. Manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in San Diego, CA and Oakland, CA.
Tel: +1 855 838 2246
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States Government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks.
TETAC Incorporated located in San Diego California has applied to have the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Ruslyn Pack Reel listed on the GSA Schedule. Once listed, the GSA Schedule will enable purchasing of the Cordwheel (cord reel) and Pack Reel (small reel) by government departments including the DoD, an easy process.
TETAC are currently meeting in Virginia with the EOD Equipment Review Board. The board consists of all 4 branches located at NAVTECHDIV. The Cordwheel and Pack Reel will be demonstrated to the Equipment Review Board. The Cordwheel (cord reel) will be demonstrated as a rugged hand held reel which can handle and store many types of cables, rope and wire. The cord reel will also be demonstrated as a large tactical pull line reel. This reel was developed in Australia to meet requirements of the Australian Defence Force and is used by Army, Navy and Air Force. The green cord reel is NATO codified NSN 8130/661533558. The black cord reel is used in AV and deep clearance diving. The yellow cord reel is used in any area where high visibility of equipment is required.
The Pack Reel (small reel) is being demonstrated to the Equipment Review Board as a hand held lightweight rugged mini reel developed for the dismounted soldier. This small reel was developed in Australia to meet requirements for EOD/CIED, search, combat engineers, clearance divers and sigs. As a mini hand held reel it is currently used worldwide by Army, Navy and Air Force. The Pack Reel is used as a hook & line small reel in medium tactical pull line kits, as a detonator cord small reel, a firing cable small reel, a small rope reel and signals cable small reel.
TETAC Incorporated may be contacted at:
2726 Shelter Island Drive,
#132 San Diego, CA 92106
Tel (855) 838-2246
TETAC Incorporated Cordwheel and Pack Reel product information
NATO Pack Reel
Black Pack Reel
Visited the EOD team at US Marine Corps Base Hawaii to demonstrate the Ruslyn Pack Reel.
This mini EOD reel is used worldwide by EOD, search, combat engineers, special forces and clearance divers as a hook & line small reel, det cord small reel, firing cable small reel and many other uses where small lengths of coil able products are used.
NATO stock number (NSN)
EOD United Kingdom have a shipment of NATO Cord reels on order to supply the MOD. This shipment is traveling by sea freight and should arrive in the UK early March.
EOD UK supply both the Cordwheel and Pack Reel to EOD and CIED units within British Army, Navy and Air Force. The Cord reel is used as a comms reel, firing cable reel, det cord reel, rope reel and power supply cable reel. The Pack Reel is used as an army engineers small reel, search mini reel, EOD small reel, sigs small reel and as a clearance divers mini reel. This small reel is used for handling det cord, firing cable, hook and line as well as a small anchor rope reel.
Ruslyn Pack Reel
NATO stock number (NSN)
- Ruslyn Cordwheel
TETAC Inc USA have a large shipment of black Ruslyn Cordwheel AUD004754-11 on the way to San Diego to supply their military and industrial clients.
TETAC Inc being Ruslyn Holdings USA distributor supply the cord reel to EOD/CIED, Army, Navy, USMC, Air Force and clearance divers. TETAC Inc have also been successful in supplying the black cord reel to the audio visual industry in Hollywood.
As well as military supply, TETAC Inc are also promoting the Ruslyn Pack Reel to the US kayak fishing industry. This small reel is absolutely ideal for use as a kayak small anchor rope reel to increase the safety of kayak fishermen who have a constant safety problem with tangled kayak anchor rope when their kayak accidentally turns over.
Ruslyn Pack Reel
USA cord reel and small reel distributors
TETAC Inc USA may be contacted at www.tetacinc.com
Tel: +1 855 838 2246
An introduction to our United Kingdom distributor – EOD UK
EOD UK recently joined our worldwide distributor network to promote the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Pack Reel.
EOD UK specialises in explosive ordnance disposal, counter terrorist, search, improvised explosive device disposal, maritime, aviation and venue security.
The EOD UK client base includes non-government organisations, military, media, manufacturing companies, commercial EOD companies, security companies, the financial sector and facilities management companies.
For further information contact Cliff Wright Director EOD UK Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1634 581525
A recent photo received from the Middle East showing the Ruslyn Pack being used by a dismounted soldier. The military use this mini reel to enable tangle free handling of hook & line, det cord, firing cable, sigs cable, rope and wire. As a lightweight small reel it can be attached to webbing as shown or simply stored in a pack.
The Cordwheel and Pack Reel were exhibited at the DSEI 2013 Exposition in London by Distributors EOD UK. Both reels were displayed showing their usage as CIED reels and EOD reels. The Ruslyn Cordwheel and Ruslyn Pack Reel are used in CIED and EOD as Hook & Line reels, det cord reels, firing cable reels and communication cable reels. It will be interesting to see follow up by CIED and EOD Personnel post DSEI.
No More Tangles
An article written in Maintenance News by Land Systems Division, Land Engineering Agency, Defence Materiel Agency (DMO) December 2012
For a number of years combat personnel have been
struggling with organising hook and line, cords
and cables. Soldiers had been using hand held fishing reels, tent pegs and pieces of wood. Ruslyn Holdings have been supplying the Cordwheel, NIN 66-153-3558 (see Figure 1) to the Australian Defence Force since 2006 and although suitable for its intended purpose, it is too large to be carried by the dismounted soldier. In identifying the requirement for a person pack reel, Defence now has a rugged and lightweight mini reel (see Figure 2) that overcomes those combat problems with carrying cords and cables. Primarily designed to meet the requirements of combat engineers, EOD, RASigs and clearance divers, the pack reel is chemical, impact and fire resistant, has no metallic components, is easy to operate, (even when wearing gloves) and can be used in all climatic/environmental conditions. During the initial trials this year, users were very exited with the many applications of the Ruslyn Pack Reel and with this positive responce Trunk Systems Batteries and Chargers (TSBC) has now introduced into service the Ruslyn Pack Reel, NIN 66-159-6431. The Ruslyn Pack Reel is suitable for carrying:
- DON-10 (WD-1A/TT)150 m
- ROPE (10 mm)14 m
- Hook & Line (3.5 mm)112 m
- Detonator Cord 38 m
- Size: 230 mm (diameter) x 62 mm (width)
- Weight: 375 gm (empty)
Further in formation is available on the Pack Reel page or the Australian Defence Force Logistics Manager