Part 1--How to choose the right Hose Reel or Cable Reel?
September 11, 2019
Manufacturers produce hose reels in order to provide hose and cable users a way to store their load without causing it damage. They also produce hose reels with the intention of helping users get hoses off the ground when not in use, organized, unkinked and out of the way of others.
Hose reels serve applications in a variety of industries, from construction to medicine and hospital operations, to industrial lighting and manufacturing, to aviation, to welding, to gardening and more.
When constructing a hose reel, manufacturers make sure that it has a sturdy but slim core, with barriers on either end to keep its contents secure when they are wrapped around it.
Also, in general, they are hermetically sealed to keep dirt and extraneous moisture out. Aside from these constants, manufacturers base hose reel construction and design detail on application requirements. Per consumer need, they make decisions regarding power source/retractability, construction material, diameter, and how they sit.
Hose reels are available in both manual or mechanical form. Manual hose reels do not have a retraction option. Rather, users must simply hand crank a hose back into place. With the exception of spring reels, all mechanical hose reels feature a built-in motor-powered automatic retraction device. In other words, mechanical reels electrically pull the hose back. Sometimes, this type of reel is known as retraction hose reel or an electric reel.
Note: Whatever the retraction type, all hose reels usually come with a latching mechanism to hold the retracted hose in place at any point of retraction.
As we mentioned earlier, construction material choice is based on application requirement. Hose reel manufacturers look to match up material qualities like corrosion resistance, durability, tensile strength, temperature resistance, impact resistance, non-abrasiveness, etc. For example, medical cord reels must be made of a sanitary grade material, like 304L stainless steel. The only requirement of industrial hose reels, on the other hand, is that they are made of corrosion-resistant, heavy-duty metal, perhaps of some grade of steel, stainless steel or aluminum. However, in general, reels may be made of plastic, wood, fiberglass or metal like heavy-gauge steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Note: Manufacturers do not participate in plastic or steel fabrication, but they do have open lines of communication with metal fabricators, so feel free to ask them about custom materials.
Diameter and Sitting Position
Hose reels may be very large, very small or anything in between. Garden hose reels, for example, are usually smaller than reels with an industrial application, such as those used by a fire department, because garden hoses are so much thinner and lighter than fire department hoses. Suction hose reels, on the other hand, are often quite wide. As for how they sit, hose reels may sit on the ground or over a spigot, on a cart or truck or they may be attached to a wall.
There are a number of ways that manufacturers may customize your hose reel assembly. For example, for custom color, they can coat them with a liquid or powder paint. Or, to strengthen a quality like corrosion resistance, your manufacturer can add a strong powder finish to the surface of your hose reel body. In addition, they may engrave the reel surface, or swap out handles and hand cranks.
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