Ironton Hose Reel Cart - Holds 300ft. x 5/8in. Hose
good reel bad tires
I like this hose reel, but the tires would not hold air more then couple of days when brand new. put four new tubes from northern tool, same thing. Put 4 new tubes from local tire store at much higher price and much thicker tubes, ended problem. I see another cart advertised with solid tires, and slightly higher price. If , and more likely when, I get another reel, I will pay the extra for the solid tires, as I already have paid more with this one.
September 15, 2014
Good Cart, not so good instructions
The cart itself feels to be of reasonably good quality and is sturdy, although a few holes did not line up correctly but were easily fixed. The worst of it is the instruction booklet, as other people have pointed out. It is not very well written and leaves out the installation of the bottom frame clamps. It was not difficult to figure out what to do even if the instructions had been ok. I would suggest adding a few lines mentioning that you need both a flat and a phillips screwdriver and sockets for 3/8", 1/2", and 1". Also, to be able to tighten the axle nut, Vise-grip pliers would be good to have to hold the opposite side from spinning.
September 1, 2014
It's a keeper
Yes,, the directions are mediocre but you actually have to read them from back to front and front to back. Additionally, my hose reel came with some extra parts that are not listed in the manual which are stiffening brackets for the bottom part of the frame. Eventually, I ignored the manual and used some common sense to assemble. Took about 45 minutes. Works great. Winds up hose effortlessly unlike the third plastic piece of junk I've been through. And it rolls nicely. One issue I had is with the tires. I was under the impression these were pneumatic tires not requiring air but not a big deal. On that alone I'd give it 4 stars but because it's all metal and nicely constructed. I'm giving 5 stars and I think the price is worth it too.
August 29, 2014
Overall a good unit. A little bulky and could use better support at the bottom and handle area where the tubes come together. Definitely a weak link and could pose problems over time. I will work on that to eliminate the looseness at those areas.
August 24, 2014
Hose Reel Hassel
This was my 4th purchase of a hose reel cart. I bought this one because it was on sale and advertised as "heavy duty". The unassembled reel was packaged in a thick cardboard box that seemed to provide adequate protection during shipment. Delivery was as scheduled.
Only a plastic protective piece (discarded after assembly) on the hose connection was broken but it had prevented damage to the part. The assembly instructions are of poor quality and somewhat incomplete. Read what is provided carefully and examine all the various parts prior to beginning assembly. Screws and nuts have substitutes and there are no extras in case one is lost or stripped. You will need screwdrivers and a 1/4 "ratchet set and/ or wrenches for assembly.
After assembly the unit seems to be more solid than the typical plastic alternatives; however, the upright handle connection is held by a single screw on each side and is not a tight fit. Remains to be seen how it will hold up over time. Overall the hose reel seems to be a fair value and acceptable quality.
August 24, 2014
Great price appears to be better than more expensive models with other reviews reflecting the same as my own. Pretty easy to assemble works as advertised.
August 20, 2014
This is how a hose cart should be made. Solid steel construction, not that plastic garbage. This will no doubt out last me.
August 19, 2014
Hardware & Instructions are TERRIBLE!
The cart itself seems to be of questionable quality. The hardware and instructions are total JUNK. The instructions were inaccurate to say the least. They did not include information of various pieces that were included in the hardware kit, thus leaving me to have to figure out where they belonged. The parts list in the instructions also did not include these various parts and the quantities were not accurate for nuts and bolts. The hardware itself was of poor quality and most bolts were just long enough to allow the nuts to catch the bottom thread. I purchased all new stainless hardware from Fastenal and installed in their place.
As for quality of the cart itself, the metal is not too flimsy, but time and hose weight on the reel will tell this story.
August 12, 2014
Excellent Price Point
I am very pleased with this hose reel; it was relatively easy to assemble, although the instructions could use more detail. The cart itself seems sturdy with the exception of a little wobble in the handle, and the reel movement is smooth. Other carts I've used in the past have leaked at the rotary union, but this one has not in 2+ weeks of daily use.
The only improvement would be to give more detail in the instructions, and make the connection between the handle and the base of the cart more robust.
August 5, 2014
Great product for the money
I just put the reel cart together yesterday. However, it took me about 20-25 min. to put it together. The cart was made fairly well and what's really important is that the plumbing connections and parts were nicely built w/good welds.
I only gave it 4 stars due to the fact that it probably will rust quickly due just plain steel and not galvanize parts. The tires could be better if they were a solid tire or something that won't go flat. Holds a load of 5/8" hose comfortably and heavily built for the money.
The only thing better is that of an Eley cart which is 3 times as much and made of aluminum.
August 3, 2014