February 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm #23625
OK folks, my current pet peeves are quality air hose reels and led drop lights.
Who can recommend a good quality hose reel that will last more than 2-3 years?
I have used 3 different reels from NAPA and the best has lasted about 4 years. LED drop light technology completely escapes me. I cant understand how they can make 12V LED lights that light up the entire countryside for my truck but I can’t find a LED drop light that will sufficiently light up an engine bay or undercarriage. 12V or battery powered would be acceptable but I am coming up empty in my search. I have purchased several from the tool trucks to the internet with no real luck. They are just not bright enough or do not project enough. My eye site will soon chase me from the industry if I don’t find sufficient lighting.
Anyone have a hose reel or drop light they love?February 13, 2017 at 8:01 am #23642
I read about these and bought one for the shop to see if they liked it. Had to buy more as they were always fighting over it.
The price looks cheap at first, but after you add a charger and 2 batteries for each one you buy, it adds up – but worth it.
5355 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Tom@AutoCentricRepair.comFebruary 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm #23646
Well, I went for 40 years in this business without using air reels, just had hoses hanging on the wall. Cheap, but doesn’t look very nice cause the hoses are always on the ground. Recently I installed 7 reels. I decided to go with Harbor Freight. BAD decision. They are cheap. Most are still working yet after a little over a year, but the hoses have self destructed. I’ve had to replace all of the hose with good quality hose. So this reply doesn’t answer your question, just tells you and others what NOT to buy. I did however just purchase a Goodyear reel and hose to replace one of the Harbor Freight ones that broke a spring, it’s only been in operation for a few months though but the tech likes it much better.February 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm #23647
I have been using Lincoln Air Hose reels that I buy through WorldPac, 50 foot 3/8 hose is less than $ 200. Hoses last us about 7-8 years.
Drop light reels that I have provided get beat up in a hurry, Techs supply their own lights now.February 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm #23658
We still use mostly corded lights, this one seems to hold up better than most: http://www.saftlite.com/pstubby-ii-25ft-cord-no-switch-with-ballast-in-headp1182
We have Bosch 12v cordless tools so I’m going to try their version of work light https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-FL12-12-volt-Cordless-Light/dp/B00OKGAERO/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1487111070&sr=1-1&keywords=bosch+12v+light – will report back
Recently been buying Cox Reels from McMaster-Carr https://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/123/350/=16ctkqd Kinda pricey but HD & seem to be goodFebruary 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm #23659
I agree with gkeyes, I pay for the lights on the ceiling of the shop and the techs buy their own work lights. When I had drop lights they were abused because they did not pay for them. All of a sudden their own lights last forever. My experience with hose reals is that they last much longer if the techs don’t YANK on the hose trying to get it to unwind all at once. That drives me mad. I have HTHR-50FT hose reals and they’re ten years old. Google Greg Smith Equipment. I have to change out a hose once in a blue moon, but the reals are still going strong and don’t leak air. They don’t look “top of the line” but I have no complaints.February 15, 2017 at 9:18 am #23661
I’ll second the lincoln reels 4-5 years on it. Flexzilla hoses are the best ive found but the biggest enemy of hoses is whos using them while the torch is spraying at it on the floor or dropping rotors on them… you get the idea.
Lights are the biggest issue for me as well lately ive been using a petzl headlight setup with rechargeable batterys wherever you look theres light I love it but could still use a good drop lightFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:45 am #23662
I wish I could help. I installed air reels, drop lights, and drop extension cords when I built my shop 16 years ago. Have had some issues with drop lights and cords but none with air or oil reels. I think they were Lincoln but cannot be for sure. They are 30 feet up so not easy to get up and look at either.
I have had to replace 1 or 2 springs and reseal one or 2 but overall for 16 years they owe me nothing.
BTW, I wouldn’t buy or use anything from Harbor Freight.
Good LuckFebruary 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm #23709
I just had my reels “rebuilt”. Cost $2,500 for 15. They are Balcrank. Bought them in 2001 and they started leaking around the swivel. Price includes replacement of all the hoses, ball stops, and water bibbs. Most of the cost was in the lift required to reach them 30′ in the air.
I’d say that’s pretty good service.
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