Not only pressure washer hose reels save time and frustration but add life to your hoses.
There are numerous types of hose reels which work well for air, water, or oil applications.
Not using a hose reel could land you up in some serious trouble. I have a small incident to share here with you…..one of my co-workers got fired for not winding up the hose in the hose reel.
Still don’t believe!! Just read below:
As for about 7 months this was a part of your morning duty to clean the concrete of the plant where we worked. We performed this with a pressure cleaner and the hose was about 100 ft. in length and 3/4 inch. in diameter (cost $275).
The tap pressure was around 120 PSI and for increasing this we used a brass nozzle for making it to 500 PSI.
The rendering plant business involved picking up the garbage of other companies and bringing it back for transforming into bio-diesel, farm feed, and other oils. This was purchased by China for making candles or tires and more.
Since there was truck traffic so leaving the hoses around was not a good idea.
No brainer! The trucks could burst the hose by running over it. So, you are guessing right as my co-worker left the hoses on the road and about four to five of them got damaged, which was a burden on the foreman (costed around $1100) and my colleague got fired for not obeying the instructions.
Let Us Know More About The Hose Reel Types.
Generally, there are 7 types of Hose Reels.
Hand Crank Hose Reel
This is supposed to be the most economical standard pressure washer hose reel. The procedure of wrapping the power washer hose onto the reel is done manually.
This also comes with a locking mechanism and easily mounts on the base of a truck bed or your pressure washer trailer. Releasing to unwind the hose is also easy.
The picture speaks about the Coxreels.
Spring Driven Hose Reel
These type of hose reels do not require a hand crank as spring driven feature allows you to give a bit of tug on the hose. This engages the spring and start the hose recoil to back onto the reel. This is a well-known option for electric pressure washer trailers.
Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Hose Reel
For keeping your pressure washer hose secure, the heavy-duty stainless steel hose reel proves to be great for industrial environments. These are popular for their durability feature also.
As these stainless-steel hose reels are designed to resist corrosion and rust, they remain a popular choice of food, chemical processing plants, and marinas. At this price-point you won’t get a better hose reel type.
Automatic Electric Driven Retractable Hose Reel
These hose reel types are commonly used in assembly factories (with compressed air hoses) and automotive garages. These are basically mounted overhead for any chores that repeatedly performed throughout the day.
The one which is shown here is of Reelcraft.
Pivoting Hose Reel
Any of the hose reel can be obtained by you as a pivoting hose reel.
This is pretty simple, as the pivot factor is made with an additional mounting bracket-frame. The directional aspect is enhanced as you get the flexibility to mount the hose reel on one spot while using the pressure washer wand in a perpendicular style.
Portable Garden Hose Reel
This is another budget-friendly garden hose reel option like the hand crank one. Though, there is no specific reason but these cannot be used with compresses air hoses or pressure washer hoses.
In comparison to the steel pressure washer hose reels of $150 you can get the portable ones at just $50.
Technically speaking, this is not a hose reel but certainly, a popular option that is available for many residential medium-duty & heavy-duty pressure washers in the market.
They require manual efforts for coiling and storing the pressure washer hose. But these are easy to use and keep the hose intact and safe.
Hose Reel Advantages
Four major benefits that are associated with hose reel usage are mentioned below:
1. Prevent Tripping Hazard Of Hose Lying Around
Using employee compensation insurance is never on the cards of a company manufacturer. Hence, pressure washer hoses are used by several factories, garages, warehouses, workshops, and manufacturing plants.
This keeps everyone safe and removes the tripping hazard of any hose lying around.
2. Saves Time And Money
Since the pressure washer hoses remain secure in a hose reel so they are less prone to any accidental damages (mentioned in the intro part too).
You also save your time while using it and also remain saved from any maintenance costs.
3. Extend Life Of Hose
The more a thing is stored well, the more it is to stay with you for long. A well-kept hose will surely have additional longevity and durability as compared to the ones that are left lying on the ground. More often for this reason the hose reels are really appreciated.
4. Reduces Untangling Hose Time And Efforts
Since the hose is coiled properly whether on your pressure washing trailer, mounted on the wall, or on the truck back, this keeps you away from any untangling hassles.
Your spaces remain neat and tidy and gives a professional look when the hose remains intact on the hose reel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What All Things Should I Consider Before Choosing A Manual Or A Retractable Hose Reel?
Ans1. Number of factors will dictate the decision of selecting a hose reel type. You should go for a wall-mounted one if you have proper space on the wall. And for this retractable hose reels are a perfect choice. If you want to use the hose reel for heavy-duty purposes then opt for a heavy-duty manual reel.
A portable hose reel remains a great option for the ones who own a big property and the hose needs to be moved to clean various surfaces. A hose reel cart helps in making the hose movable as this gets heavy when full of water. Additional brackets can be bought for the retractable hose reels.
Even a free standing solution can be done for a retractable hose reel but needs to be secured permanently.
Q2. Can I Add An Extension To The Main Hose On The Reel?
Ans2. The answer is yes, an extension can be added to the main hose on the reel. Just keep in mind that the extra hose would not be retracting back in to the unit.
One more thing to remember here is that the additional hose should feature hoselink connections for making the joining possible from the main hose end to the other.
Q3. Can I Secure My Hose Reel In Place For Preventing It From Being Stolen?
Ans3. Yes, a padlock can be used in order to keep your retractable hose reels in place. The padlock is designed it fit-in one of the holes that stick out from under the brackets. This way they remain secured to the wall bracket.
Just note that the padlock is not a useful option for fixed ground mounts or a mounting post.
Q4. What Is The Benefit Of A Hose Reel Kit?
Ans4. The hose reels kits help you to cut-out and restore a damaged section of a hose. Later on, you can continue to use the hose reel for task accomplishment.
Q5. How Can I Stop Leaks From My Hose Reel?
To sum up….
We sincerely hope that whatever you wanted to about hose reels is covered by our above write-up.
Truly speaking, there is no one hose reel type which is the best as you will need to access your needs and preferences before you choose one. Many hose reels models are available in the market, ensure to go through an honest comparison of different reels. Go for a sturdy hose reel that will offer you hassle free years of service.