Will you ever use cable tray AGAIN? This cable basket is FAST – Marco Steel Wire Cable Tray

Could this steel wire cable tray speed up your next electrical installation? Lots of electricians think cable basket is for data and light-duty electrical installations.

Perhaps it’s time to think again – Gary Hayers gets to grip with the bolt croppers and shows how to cut and bend cable basket.

All you need is a cable basket bolt cropper and some simple Marco Quik Clik joiners.

00:00 Marco steel wire cable tray by Atkore
00:05 Or as you might know it – cable basket
00:20 Is cable basket an alternative to cable trays?
00:59 How to cut cable basket.
01:29 Cutting angle is key.
03:20 Joining lengths of cable basket
03:48 Joining cable basket with an MCFJC coupler
04:16 Marco coupler MCHC-S
04:43 Marco coupler MCSSC
05:28 Quik Clik system
06:07 Fabricating a 90-degree bend cable basket MCCA
06:52 Fabricating a radius 90-degree bend MCQLS
08:23 Internal 90-degree bend
09:05 Fixing cable basket to Unistrut MCFUSC
09:36 Electrozinc as standard other finishes to order
09:50 Wire cable tray size options and accessories

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  1. Oliver C on December 4, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    How about different sizes of width?

  2. ANTHONY BRAGG on December 4, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Are these clips and fixings new as last time we used it I don’t think they were available a follow up with fixings/hangers would be nice . I need to update my information on this range as there is an easier way.

  3. Ray Chambers on December 4, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I quite like this product but you must know how it’s going to run to order the correct joiners, but with tray nuts and bolts will usually see you through.

  4. That Greek Lad on December 4, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Do I see a Ring video in the making set up in the back ground..?

  5. christastic100 on December 4, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Scraps for fuse wire 🤪 should blow about 500 amps . Ideal for your table lamp . 🔥
    But seriously I need to go over to basket tray . Wonder if they do easy fit stand off brackets

  6. Unistrut & Marco Cable Management on December 4, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Fantastic video guys! 👏

  7. Andy Burns on December 4, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Presume you can’t mix mains, cat5 and 12v cables in a single basket? Do they do a version with different "compartments" similar to dado trunking?

  8. Mark Andrews on December 4, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    We use a lot of clip together basket basically one end into the other self locking.
    You both look like a pair of characters from the sweeney, love the vids and info thanks for sharing guys 👍

  9. Filipe S. on December 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Different materials for different applications even through they all serve the same purpose.. to run cables in. It’s been around for decades too

  10. Paul Prescott on December 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    We do still sell a lot of tray, as someone else has mentioned it rather depends on the installation. Legrand is more popular than Marco, but Pemsa is a better product than all of them and an easier company to deal with.

    Personally speaking i have used it in my workshop as shelving in combination with cantilever arms . Its lighter and cheaper and more flexible than wood.

  11. Graham Langley on December 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Used three 3m lengths of a competitors version to run network, RF and other low-voltage stuff the length of the house in the loft here. Just a straight run with a simple 90º bend at one end. First time I’d used anything like thus and I’d definitely use it again.

  12. Sparky Malarky on December 4, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Do they offer any divider strip for segregation. Any ideas for bonding each section together as im not sure you could rely on those clips for a Mechanical connection like you do with tray nuts and bolts?. Like installing this stuff but only ever used on comms

  13. James Mocock on December 4, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Can’t put big armoured on basket and bends to easily but is very quick to install compared to tray

  14. moto Line on December 4, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Gaz,. Excellent videos as always !

  15. David Ghaemi on December 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Its good for data, hvac etx but really wouldn’t like to put armoured on it.

  16. Shayne Macdonald on December 4, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Basket isn’t strong enough for SWA. Well a decent size SWA

  17. muzikman2008 on December 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    you could use the off cuts as fuses lol… don’t try that at home kids 😀 great stuff!..i wonder how it would cope with SWA, looks a bit flimsy for that. ideal for data and comms, fire alarm cables etc.

  18. Bowie997 on December 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Used this in industrial enviroment alot in the 600mm version from competitor, job needed upwards of 50 lengths holding cables as big as a 4 core 240mm sy cable needed two runs side by side due to amount of wiring. And also used on other jobs with large armoureds it just needs extra unistrut on larger cables

  19. John Cunningham on December 4, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Wants to be José I think

  20. Tim Kelliher on December 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    The only problem with basket no one files it down on cuts and when pulling cables it rips your handsto bits and have had few nasty scars on face

  21. John Jones on December 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I was using something VERY similar 15 years ago in the USA, can’t believe it’s taken so long to get into popular use in UK.

  22. Miner on December 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Aside from electrical installations I install this at the back of office desks for cable neatness. Keeps all those extensions, power, network, phone cables etc.. off the floor. A step up from what I used to use (Guttering).

  23. Ian H on December 4, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Basket is ideal for t&e, cat6 fire alarms. Swa on trays, for obvious reasons.

  24. Brian Wood on December 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I remember when i were a lad. No, but seriously guys. Cablofil were selling this back in 2002 with similar fixings for bends in all directions. Wasn’t very widely used back then. Maybe now we’ll see a resurgence.

  25. J Secret on December 4, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I always just use the off cut pins as fuses.

  26. patrick o regan on December 4, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Tray would probably visibly better looking with dressed cable. Main reason i can think of for tray being more popular is its the 1st thing sparks will think of and the job designer wouldn’t care about making the sparks life easier

  27. hoggath hogg on December 4, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Great video! Does anyone know where there is a video like this but with tray instillation?

  28. whatthedeuse on December 4, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Miniature bolt croppers 🤣. If your doing lots of basket Klauke electric shears are the way to go 🤗 I prefer the Legrand system, a far more positive connection with the straight joints

  29. conkcat on December 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    This has been around for years, used extensively in Europe Asia , China and USA, I know this because I work for the welding equipment manufacturer.

  30. Effer Vescence on December 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Used this for around 10 years in factories we look after, so much quicker than tray. Though you do have to be careful of where it is used as sometimes it’s not appropriate for the environment.

  31. Chris Reed on December 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Love seeing Gaz still excited to mess around with fabrication. Good, Clear and precise video as always!!

  32. Wills Electrical Services on December 4, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    i remember being on site peel centre Metropolitan police training Centre hendon when this stuff came out in about 2002 the sales man came on site and gave a Demonstration. Great stuff never looks as neat as tray. Cheers for the video

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  34. Michael Dunham on December 4, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    would have been better to show how secure the uni-strut clamps were…..also we call it basket tray here.

  35. Matthew Carr on December 4, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Surprised Gary didn’t make an Electricians Christmas wreath out of that!

  36. Alex Roberts on December 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah, love using basket.. So easy to install.. Although tray is still favoured on most sites for some reason? 🤔

  37. L on December 4, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Gaz, them facial caterpillars looking set to march … scary !! 😧

  38. Abdullah Seba on December 4, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Is there any reason why basket is usually used for data? I’ve installed Legrand cable basket and it seems more than capable of holding the heavy cable.

  39. London Appliance Testing on December 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Is there a new trend in moustache’s?

    Gary going for the handle bar like Paul Teutal Sr

  40. Wheeto on December 4, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Looks nice, and easy to use! Are all the clips equally-suited to maintaining Earthing continuity?

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