Most power washer users probably don’t spend too much of their time thinking about how they’ll store the hose—but they should. A 100-plus foot hose left in a pile while the power washer is in use is an accident just waiting to happen. Not to mention that it appears unprofessional and you’ll likely spend too much time trying to maneuver the hose as you work.
A hose reel is the perfect solution to these problems. Utilizing a hose reel is an easy way to extend the lifespan of your hose. You’ll be able to spend more of your valuable time on the actual cleaning process, as opposed to untangling or retracting the hose.
Not sure where to begin when selecting hose reels in Columbus, GA? We’ll guide you through a few important things to consider when selecting the perfect hose reel for your power washing needs:
- Coatings: The coating of your new hose reel should be primarily dictated by the environment in which you will be regularly using it. Many systems utilize harsh chemicals and cleaning agents. While they are effective, they can be incredibly damaging to the exterior coating of the hose reel. Over time, the coating could begin to crack and chip with regular exposure. Opt for a coating that is strong and durable enough to withstand the working environment.
- Construction materials: You wouldn’t build a beach house with wood that is known to rot, right? The same thought process applies when selecting the best construction material for a hose reel. The reel should be constructed out of a strong material suited for the job. Typically, industrial grade carbon steel or a similar material is the best option for use with harsh chemicals and hot water. A weaker material would easily crush and warp under those conditions. Consult a professional power washer specialist about which material is best suited for your specific needs.
- Assisted rewind: Trying to roll up and maneuver 100 or more feet of hose can easily eat up valuable time. A hose reel with assisted rewind will drastically cut down on the amount of wasted time, and a strong electrical motor will only ease the task. An assisted rewind is best suited for large diameter hoses or those longer than approximately 100 feet. The amount of time and energy you’ll save will certainly justify the cost, not to mention that the streamlined movement will cut down on the wear and tear on the hose.
- Braking mechanism: You’ll notice that there are a variety of different braking mechanisms available when selecting your hose reel. One of the most common types is a drag brake, which prevents unwanted roll once the user stops pulling. A cam-lever brake is designed to apply the drag when it is in the “on” position before rewinding when switched off. The third option is designed to automatically apply tension when the hose is being pulled, and then auto-release as the hose is being rolled back in. Whichever brake option you choose should allow you to adjust the drag as needed.
At Valley Hotsy, we carry a variety of hose reels in Columbus, GA for use with your pressure washer. Get in touch with us to check our stock, or come see us to make a purchase!