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Keeping It Reel: Everything You Need to Know About Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Hose reels are an essential tool for spray applicators, no matter the industry. By allowing fluid to pass through the hose without taking all of the hose off the reel first, hose reels increase efficiency and offer ease-of-use, while keeping the hose Hannay-Hose-Reel.jpgorganized and out-of-the way. They are available in manual, spring rewind, and electric versions. But before you default to buying the least expensive or basic model, let's take a closer look at some of the features and benefits of each type of hose reel.

The Basics

There are two parts of a hose reel that influence what kind of hoses fit on it:

  1. The space between the discs 
  2. The diameter of the discs
A hose reel has two discs which keep the hose in place, and a wider space between them, along with larger discs means more hose can fit on the reel. Small reels may have only 7.5 inches between the discs, but larger ones may have discs that are two or more feet apart. In the specs of each model, you'll find information about what "ID" hose each can take, that's the inches in diameter and lets you know if the reel is appropriate for large or small hoses.

Manual & Spring Rewind Hose Reels

Hose reels can be powered by a few different sources, the most popular are manual and spring rewind. Manual hose reels require the user to physically roll the hose, using a handle or hand crank (dependent on the size and weight of the hose and reel). Spring rewind hose reels include a built-in pre-tensioned spring; once unlatched, the hose will automatically retract. 

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Electric Hose Reels

Electric hose reels are popular for jobs where the length & weight of the hose becomes much greater than a spring rewind can withstand, or in situations where reducing time between jobs is a top priority.

In deciding on a manual or electric hose reel, it's important to consider a few things. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand and have many benefits including a more attractive price. However, they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric hose reel can seem like a big investment but a key benefit is the simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

Hose Reel Tips & Tricks

  • If you've got the space, select a reel with greater hose capacity than you require. This allows you to rewind the hose with less care and keeps the hose well protected within the disc dimension, even if the hose is not wound in uniform coils.
  • The hose reel swivel allows the drum to turn when the hose is unrolled and rolled. It contains rubber o-rings that are exposed to chemicas, weather conditions and heavy use. Regular inspection of the o-rings will prevent leaking and should be part of a regular maintenance program.
  • Keep an extra set of o-rings on hand so that repairs can be done in a timely manner

Need help? No problem. Our highly trained Customer Service Technicians can help figure out which hose reel best fits your needs, 800-228-0905.

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Topics: Hose Reels, o-rings, Electric Hose Reel, manual hose reel

Product Highlight: Spray Hose

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Spray hose is an essential part of your sprayer, but it's often overlooked. It’s easy to ignore the hose when there are many other spray components to consider. However, making sure you choose the right spray hose for the job is an important step to ensure the quality of your application.

Spray hose come in a variety of materials capable of handling different liquids like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It also comes in various diameters and lengths. A few other things to consider when selecting a spray hose include the spraying pressure needed, the flexibility of the hose, and temperature resistance. Our savvy and friendly Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your application.

Spray hose must be durable enough to handle different spray solutions, harsh weather conditions and rough handling. You will find three types of hoses for sale in our inventory: Suction Hose, Clear Braid Hose and High-Pressure Hose. Your sprayer likely uses one of these 3 hoses, or a combination of them.

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Let’s take a closer look at each of these hoses:

Suction Hose: This type of hose is used from the tank to the pump. It is rated for low pressure so you wouldn’t see it used anywhere else but the suction side of a sprayer. The suction hose is easily identifiable by it’s clear color and PVC reinforcement which spirals through it.

Clear Braid Hose: This hose can handle higher pressure than a suction hose, however, it’s commonly used only on the bypass line and also on the discharge hose for smaller units like a spot sprayer. It is a clear hose with a braid running through it, which helps to keep the hose from kinking or twisting. 

High-Pressure Hose: As the name implies, high pressure hose is rated to withstand a lot of pressure. How much will depend on the hose, but usually they are 600 or 800 psi. These type of hoses are also called discharge or spray hose and they are used directly from the discharge line to the spray gun. We stock Flextral brand spray hose which is extremely durable and made of PVC.

Don’t let an old and damaged spray hose affect your application. Whether you need hose by the foot,  or an entire roll, we've got what you need.

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Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel, high pressure spray hose, clear braid hose, suction hose

Product Highlight: Hose Reels

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Hose reels are an essential part of your sprayer, but they can be easily overlooked. However, making sure that you have the correct size and type of hose reel is critical to preserve the life of the spray hose.

Hose reels are made of different types of materials with the most common being aluminum, stainless steel or powder coated steel. Our Kings Sprayers come with a standard Titan hose reel, which is made from aluminum just like our frames. We find this type of reel to be incredibly durable, heavy-duty and lightweight.

Another excellent option is the Hannay hose reel. This is probably the most popular brand of commercial reels in our industry and they also come in various materials and sizes.

A few things to consider when choosing the type of material for your hose reel are temperature resistance, strength, flexibility, and a few other factors. Our Customer Service Technicians can help match you with the best type for your project. Once you've chosen the material, it's time to decide on whether you need an electric or manual reel. As their name implies, manual reels are cranked by hand which have many benefits such as a more attractive price, but they can be difficult to use especially if you have a very long and heavy hose. On the other hand, an electric reel can seem like a big investment but they are equipped with 12V motors and a simple click of a button will reel the hose back in an easy and convenient way.

On this product highlight, we are featuring two of our most popular hose reels:

4312 Titan 12" Aluminum Hose Reel

This is one of Titan's most widely used hose reel across many industries. It is available in both manual and electric ( look for the letter E after the part number 4312 for electric rewind).

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 Features:

  • Aluminum frame and discs
  • PVC spool
  • Stainless steel tie rods and fasteners
  • Iron Manifold (Stainless steel manifold available for handling fertilizer and other corrosives)
  • Resin bearing holders with stainless back plates for corrosion resistance
  • Lighter weight than steel

1520 Hannay Manual Hose Reel

This is a lightweight, compact reels designed for long lengths of hose in manual and power rewind.

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Features:

  • Direct crank rewind is permanently attached
  • Chain and sprocket drive is powered by electric, hydraulic or compressed air motor
  • Manual reels include: Cam-lock drag brake, spring actuated pin lock
  • Standard inlet is 90º ball bearing swivel joint with 1/2" FNPT threads
  • Standard outlet is 1/2" FNPT thread
  • Option roller guides available

We offer a full range of hose reel options for different types of hoses with different sizes, materials, capacities and mounting styles. We can customize them to meet your needs so just give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Topics: Hoses, Reels, Hose Reels, Kings Sprayers, sprayer, Electric Hose Reel, stainless steel, hannay, manual hose reel

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