Goodyear Retractable Air Hose Reel with Hose - 3/8in. x 50ft., Model# 46731
A great piece of equipment
I was tired of air hose tangles and having it underfoot all the time and so decided it was time to fix this procrastinating.
I spent a good bit of time reviewing the choices (and there are many) before picking this one. It was a good pick. I can find nothing to complain about. It works well and as advertised, reasonably priced.
It's well built and well designed with two guide arms (one on each side of the reel). Some have only one arm that made me nervous. Two is a good bit more than twice as strong. It's probably it a bit of overkill, but I prefer that to being underbuilt. It's going to last without any worry.
Pulling on the hose as far as I need and until hearing a solid 'clicking' from the unit, I can let go and it stays put (it does this clicking twice per revolution of the reel). When done I pull a bit more until the 'clicking' stops and it's ready to recoil the hose. It doesn't pull too hard and rewinds effectively every time.
I mounted mine up high on the wall -- it's perfect. All out of the way but always right there ready to use. The hose is clearly of high quality, nicely flexible with no kinking (the very best reason for a reel).
The reel device is heavily built and not likely to deform or fail -- I expect to use it for the rest of my life without problems, because the design is simple and reasonably fool-proof.
If the specs meet your needs (PSI rating, length of hose, etc) you'll not likely go wrong with this one.
You'll need to supply 4 each of 3/8" nuts, bolts and washers for mounting (or lag bolts or masonry bolts depending on your situation).
They included teflon tape for the threaded joints (a nice touch) but not the necessary mounting bolts. I cannot fault the manufacturer for not supplying them since they cannot know the bolt length or type you'll need. I used stainless steel -- they don't cost that much more and they'll be rust free forever.
The user manual comes in 3 languages (French, Spanish and, of course, English). It's another nice touch that each is separate so I can toss out the 2 I don't need. The manual is exceptionally well written (in regular English!) with good and helpful drawings/pictures. They get an A+ for the manual.
As with all these reels, you'll need to supply the snubber hose from your compressor to the reel. I needed a 6' line, which I ordered from Northern also.
To simplify the mounting (the reel is heavy to lift up to the mounting bolts), I ran all the hose off the reel first, then lifted just the reel and not, most of the hose. It made lifting the reel much easier. Once mounted I just yanked on the hose and let it recoil back onto the reel. Piece o' cake!
Additionally, there are adjustments possible for rewind tension, guide arm placement and hose stopper position. I did not need to alter the factory settings .... but it's nice to know that I can if I need to.
I don't give out 5 stars easily but this is a great unit serving my needs exceptionally well. I should have done this a long time ago.
August 14, 2014
It works, good price, the hose popped though.
I bought two of these. I bought one and it was so nice I bought another at a later date. Over all a decent product BUT the hose it came with popped after about three weeks of use. Pretty disappointed with that so be aware that if you buy one of these it could happen to you too. Also I don't know who's idea it was to put yellow hose on the reel but it absorbs every drop of dirt it touches so it requires constant cleaning.
August 2, 2014
Quality piece of equipment
This is a great hose reel! It is a quality piece of equipment, and is durable. I have used this reel multiple times now, and I am completely satisfied with it. You cannot go wrong for the price.
July 28, 2014
Air Hose & Reel
easy to assemble connect to my compressor quickly. 50 feet of hose allows me to use it any where in my workshop. No more dragging the hose around and rewinding it.. Saves me time and energy. Would recommend to friend...
May 17, 2014
Happy as a lark with a spark!
Being somewhat...frugal, I had been eyeballing this for some time when it came up on SALE last year. I also used one of my magnificent email coupons to get an even better deal. Bottom line; I would gladly pay full price for this anytime! I've been burnt on other reels that appear to be well made but don't last long at all. Everyday use doesn't effect this one. It has a good, strong spring.
February 4, 2014
Very good hose reel
This is a really good hose reel and also nice rubber hose not a cheap plastic hose
February 4, 2014
Seems to work well
Finally got my in-shop air system installed and put this reel on one end. Installation was easy. The only draw-back is that it does not swivel without additional hardware. For the $ spent it would be nice to include the swivel hardware.
February 4, 2014
This unit is very well built. You will spend a little more on this unit but the quality of materials and the hose will last you many many years. This is one of those products you only want to buy once. bit the bullet and pay a little more for this one, then set it and forget it.
February 4, 2014
Good year air hose real
Asked for this for a present, and ended up with three!
Now I have two in the garage, and one in my workshop. They have made life so much easier when I need to use an air tool, or just put air in a tire. Haven't any complaints about these at all.
April 25, 2013
Worth the money
This is a heavy duty well made unit and better quality than I expected.
April 23, 2013