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  • Yes it was great to meet you Stuart, it is always good to put a face to the name.
    We make our reel trees out of sheet and then bend them into a channel shape, that saves laying out and drilling holes (production environment). The other nice thing is it also keeps the bolts shorter and the bolt heads tucked away inside the channel. As far as tubing goes 1/4" will be fine, since you are only putting two reels on the tube you could probably use 3/16", as long as you don't crush the wall when tightening the bolts. Add a gusset or two at the base to help resist the stress from the acceleration/ braking and the constant vibration from uneven roads (I'm sure you guys have a couple of uneven roads out there too ).

    If you have any other questions feel free to get in touch with me.
    Have a good one.
    Clay Wagner
    at home:
    2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
    2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin SOLD
    2008 Suitcase 12RC
    Spoolmatic 30A
    2009 Dynasty 200DX
    2000 XMT 304
    2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
    Sold:MM 251
    Sold:CST 280

    at work:
    Invision 350MP
    Dynasty 350
    Millermatic 350P
    Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251