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Question: WHAT LENGTH OF CABLE DO I NEED FOR A BLAKCFOOT

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The blackfoot requires a total of 50 feet of cable.

The X axis needs 15 feet
The Y axis needs 17 feet
and the Z-axis needs 18 feet

These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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These are 20 gauge 4 conductor cable.

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