Just received this it seems sturdy and strong I expect it will work fine when I use it
The Carabiner Reel or Spool is specifically designed to give the operator a length of line to conduct remote pull operations on suspicious packages, IED's, trip wires or any other hazardous item that just needs to be moved remotely. Easy to clip on to your MOLLE gear or pull tab on your favorite pouch.
The EOD Carabiner Spool looks Tacti-cool but let's face it, taking 16 minutes in ideal conditions to spool on 144' of Samson Dyneema isn't going to happen in the field under less that shitty conditions. Here in the shop it takes some of our guys more than 25 minutes and we're pulling it off a larger spool from the factory. As a former Navy EOD Tech, I have a good handle on what's going to work in the field...and what's not. I'm not going to say bad things about it. I just don't think it works for EOD Ops. The EOD Spool shown directly above, I believe, gives you the ability to quickly deploy and re-spool line or firing wire. It may not be pretty but you can re-spool in less than a minute which is better than 16. Click on the picture above to see a better solution.
550 Cord: This spool will hold about 40 feet of 550 cord plus a little extra for a loop so that you can attach the hook or your choice. If you need more than 40 feet, move up to lash cord.
1.7mm Lash Cord: As lash cord is much smaller but still maintains extraordinary strenght, you can get approximately 140 feet of line so you're not so close to the item when being remotely moved.
2.2mm Lash Cord: The 2.2mm Lash Cord is thicker and easier to work with and still gives you 94 feet of line to work with. My professional opinion is that in a tactical situation, 94 feet is going to give you more than enough room to conduct a remote pull.
PRO NOTE: As Techs, we all know 300 feet standoff with Frontal and Overhead Protection is the minimum ideal situation to have when conducting a remote pull. We're not saying that 44 feet, 94 feet or even 140 feet is ideal for any specific situation. Your command, experience and the situation at hand should dictate how far back you are to conduct a remote pull.
Regardless of the line chosen, be sure you don't extend past the edge of the spool because it will probably roll off the side and bind on the carabiner.
The cord or line is manually wound on to the spool and deploys quickly with no hang ups.
Note: When we get new gear in, we run it through some tests to see where it could fail. The thicker you roll on the line, the less clearance you'll have to open the gate of the carabiner. Also, as mentioned before, don't roll past the edge of the spool. You start moving around and the line will fall over the edge and wrap around the side of the carabiner. I ended up pulling a knife and cutting it away. You may want to place a strip of electrical tape over the roll with a buddy tab. This will help keep the spool tight until you need it.