My co-worker got fired for never winding up his hose into the hose reel.
Here’s the full story:
Every Saturday for 8 months our morning job was to pressure clean the concrete of the rendering plant we worked at. The hose we used was 3/4″ diameter, 100-foot long, $275 per hose and the pressure coming out the tap was around 120 PSI. We used a brass nozzle that increased that pressure to about 500 PSI.
The big business of this rendering plant was to pickup other companies “garbage” and bring it back for processing into farm feed, bio-diesel and other oils that China purchased to make tires and candles etc. The truck fleet would be coming in and out of the plant all day so we couldn’t leave the hoses lying around.
If these trucks ran over the hose it would burst. This coworker of mine went through a few hoses a week because he just left it lying across the road. That’s approaching $1,000 a week unnecessarily taken from the foreman’s budget. And so, the foreman had enough and fired him for not following instructions.
3 Major Benefits of Hose Reels
1. Remove tripping hazard of hose lying around. No company wants to use their workers compensation insurance. For this reason most warehouses, manufacturing plants, factories, garages and workshops that use pressure washer hose and/or compressed air use hose reels to remove a the tripping hazard of dormant hose lying around.
2. Extend life of hose. Remove the risk of vehicles running over your hose with a hose reel. Without a hose reel we tend to leave the hose lying out during lunch break because manually coiling it take too much time and effort. A hose reel makes it a cinch and is used more often for this reason.
3. Spend less time untangling hose and less effort manually coiling up when done. Whether your hose reel is mounted on the wall, on your pressure washing trailer or on the back of your truck a hose reel will save you the annoyance of manually coiling it up after each job. The hose reel will also keep the hose nice and tidy to keep you looking professional when driving down the road with your company logo on the side.
7 Types of Hose Reels
Hand Crank Hose Reel
The most affordable standard pressure washer hose reel. You manually hand crank to wrap the power washer hose onto the reel. It mounts on the base of your pressure washer trailer or truck bed and comes with a locking mechanism that you can release to unwind the hose easily. The one shown here is by Coxreels.
Spring Driven Hose Reel
These spring driven hose reels allow you to give a slight tug on the hose to engage the spring and begin the recoil of the hose back onto the reel. These don’t require a hand crank for this reason. Most popular options for pressure washer trailers.
Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Hose Reel
For industrial environments and longest life you can get a heavy duty stainless steel hose reel to protect your pressure washer hose. Stainless steel hose reels are most popular in marinas, and food and chemical processing plants because they resist rust and corrosion better than any other material at its price range.
Automatic Electric Driven Retractable Hose Reel
These types of reels are used often in automotive garages and assembly factories with compressed air hoses. They are often mounted overhead for tasks that are performed over and over again throughout the day. This one shown is by Reelcraft.
Pivoting Hose Reel
You can get any hose reel type as a pivoting hose reel because the pivot aspect is created with an extra mounting bracket frame. This allows for a directional aspect of the hose reel so you can have the hose reel mounted in one spot and still use the pressure washer wand perpendicular to it.
Portable Garden Hose Reel
Your most affordable hose reel option. These aren’t usually used with pressure washer hoses or compressed air hoses but there isn’t really a reason why they can’t be. You can get these reels for under $50 compared to the $150 or so cost of the steel pressure washer hose reels.
Not technically a hose reel but included here because it is the option that usually comes stock with most residential medium-duty and heavy-duty pressure washers. A hose holder still requires you to manually coil the pressure washer hose but they do provide safe storage of the hose to keep them off the ground.
Best Pressure Cleaner Hose Reel For Most People
The best pressure washer hose reel for most people is the General Pump manual hand crank steel hose reel shown here. It wins because it is affordable, durable and takes care of most people’s needs when buying a hose reel.
It is a professional grade coated steel reel with a lock pin mechanism to stop it unwinding when you engage the pin. People also love the feel of this hose reel while unwinding because it has spring tension drag.
Here is a video run down:
The General Pump hose reel is suitable for pressure washer hoses up to 5,000 PSI and 3/8″ with room for 150 feet.