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Hose Reels

Size, length, and type of hose are important factors to consider when choosing an air hose reel, garden hose reel or water powered hose reels. Hoses are prone to tangling and present a potential danger to everyone when laying on grass, driveway or floor of the garage. Hose reels are a simple, safe, and effective method of storing, delivering, and retrieving air or garden hose. Reels expand work spaces by creating efficient storage of hose, and keeping it out of the way until needed. Reels keep hose untangled in a designated place.

Accident prevention is another benefit of using reels in the workplace. Many accidents are caused by hoses or cables lying on the floor or draped around equipment. Reels keep hose and cable stored, preventing accidents caused by tripping or cable breakage.

Reels protect hose from twisting, kinking and excessive wear, adding to their life and delaying the need for costly replacements.

Hose Reels | Selection

Some reels are designed strictly for storage. But continuous-flow reels are used for frequent delivery and retrieval of hose or cable while it is still connected to the source. Most reels are the continuous-flow type -- water or air flows uninterrupted through the center of the reel to the hose. Rotary joints and collector rings provide uninterrupted product flow through the hose. Reel manufacturers supply appropriate rotary joints based on the type of product, temperature, and pressure.

Size, length, and type of hose are primary factors in selecting a reel. Select good-quality hose rated for the service and operating conditions required. Poor-quality hose tends to expand and contract under pressure surges. When this happens, hose remaining on the reel may bind and become difficult to handle. In extreme cases, poor quality hose may expand under pressure, distort the reel, and prevent it from operating.

In most cases, more than one hose reel model handles a particular size and length of hose. Once the size and length of hose is determined, a reel is specified with dimensions suited for the available space.

When space permits, select a hose reel with greater hose capacity than required. This choice allows the hose to be rewound with less care and keeps the hose well protected within disk dimensions when not wound in uniform coils.

Hose Reels | Rewinds

Retrieval of hose is accomplished by several types of rewind: manual, spring, and powered. Manual rewinds are popular and most typical. Reels are installed in virtually any position and can hold from 50' to 350' or more of water hose or air hose.

For convenience or heavy-duty work, reels can be equipped with a powered rewind. The motorized drives are air, hydraulic, or electric.

Minor maintenance procedures should include:
* Periodic check of mounting bolts * Lubricate chains and gears * Grease bearings as required * Check chain tension * Check sprocket and gear alignment * Check swivel joints for leakage * Grease swivel joints only when leakage occurs * Check for leaks at air or hydraulic fittings * Check electrical connections.

Enamel paint is the most common reel finish. However, for reels used in corrosive, sanitary, or other environments, special finishes and materials are available. Typical custom finishes and constructions are chrome plating, cadmium plating, galvanizing, baked powder, aluminum, and stainless steel.

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