These types of cable reeling drums are used to avoid; tension on the cable. However, a drive mechanism is required to drive the cable reeling, which is not required in case of spring operated or motorised CRD's.
These types of cable reeling drums are recommended for single layer winding of cables.
This arrangement can be used in two applications i.e., end and centre feed. In the end feed type, the drum is mounted on the moving machine and the reel recovers the cable laid on the ground. Here the machine travel is equal to the capacity of the reel. In the centre feed type, the machine travels on both sides of the fixed point, where a turnover anchor is installed. This arrangement provides travel equal to twice the capacity of the reel.