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08-14-2015 05:11 PM

I’m curious to know how and where you all keep/store your air hoses? do you keep them tied up and hung them on a wall? do you have them on reels?

When I set up my air compressor in my shop a few year back I bought a manual air hose reel that you have to turn the crank handle in order to wind the hose up, now I wish I had bought an auto retractable reel instead, the manual reel is a pain in the arse to unwind /retract so I alway leave it out and hook the blower somewhere accessible which in a way defeats the purpose of having it in the first place.

Now I’m wondering if the majority of the woodworkers here have come to the same conclusion and bought an auto retractable reel.
If you have one of those auto reels, are you happy with it? do they lose their ability to fully retract after a while?
I appreciate all your comments.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 05:14 PM

I want a retractable reel, but for now it just sits on the floor in a mess.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 05:18 PM

Funny you mentioned this as a week or so ago, I decided to buy a retractable one. I was tempted to get one from HF but quickly talk myself out of it. I remember as a kid I worked in a gas station and we had one that was used 100’s of times a day both by us and the mechanics. I plan to look at what some of the older gas stations use and see if I can find that brand. The good ones should last a woodworker for many years to come.


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#3 posted 08-14-2015 05:41 PM

I just put mine on a garden hose rack hanging on the wall next to the compressor. I only keep a 50’ piece in the shop, and have some more in the barn…also on a garden hose rack. I don’t use mine enough to have ever wanted a hanging hose reel.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 05:43 PM

I have the HF retractable reel that is connected to the air compressor. I also have two extension hoses that are loosely coiled and hang from the wall. The retractable handles the shop but I need extension hoses to reach the car or house.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 05:48 PM

Tied up put away and replaced with Paslode.


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#6 posted 08-14-2015 06:07 PM

I have 2 100 foot hoses and one 50 foot one. The 50 foot one is on a manual reel that I never use. One of the 100 foot ones attached to the compressor and draped on the handle. The other 100 foot one is hanging in the barn. I have thought about the retractable ones, but am too cheap to buy one, so I just roll them up when done. Whoever comes up with a better mouse trap for this situation can be the next Bill Gates. Well, maybe not, but you get the idea.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 06:12 PM

bosum3919, How about one that attaches to the air compressor itself.


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#8 posted 08-14-2015 06:20 PM

I actually just bought a 100 ’ flexzilla hose and some termination kits and cut into a 15’ aq 35’ and a 50’. I dont have a shop set up yet but im assuming ill use the 15 for assembly and the other 2 for installation. the 35 may go either way. the stuff doesnt have too much memory so it coils fast and easy. Fastcap sells the strapping for binding them, I will probabaly grab a roll for extension cords and air hoses

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#9 posted 08-14-2015 06:24 PM

50 footer on a self retracting reel from Sears. Has seen daily use for at least 14 years.
Have another 50 footer that is light weight plastic and is molded to have permanent coils like a spring. It stays coiled on a protruding 2X2 when not in use.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 08-14-2015 06:33 PM

On the floor where I trip over it so it is always there when it needs to be used.

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#11 posted 08-14-2015 06:36 PM

Menards had a “black Friday” sale last year on a Flex-zilla reel with 30’ of 3/8 hose. Helps keep things tidier.

I still hav a 25foot 1/4 super flex hose that I bought from JCAT (a Grex dealer) in southern California (Lumberjock name JCAT) – when I use my spray gun, as it is easy to move around with. I first used the hose at Marc Adams School – - the told me about Jerry Carter Air Tool (JCAT)

but the 1/4 hose doesn’t work for my impact wrench – not enough flow. need 3/8 for it.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#12 posted 08-14-2015 06:42 PM

On the floor where I trip over it so it is always there when it needs to be used.

- SirIrb

Lol, that’s my problem ,I keep tripping over the hose which is attached to a reel so I ask myself what was the point of attaching it to a reel dummy,you are still tripping over it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 08-14-2015 06:44 PM

I bought the harbor freight retractable reel six months ago. It is one of the best most used appreciated tools in the shop. It came with 50’ of those. I used 20’ of my old hose to run from the compressor to the reel which is centrally located on the ceiling of my shop. It easily runs to both benches. I use the 30 remaining feet of old hose as an extension to the finishing booth ( a table in my driveway) and to air up tires on the cars.
If you are on the fence about getting one GET OFF THE FENCE.

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#14 posted 08-14-2015 07:27 PM

Several years ago, I bought a retractable reel and hose combination from Woodworkers Supply…..Biggest piece of Chinese crap I’ve ever bought…That thing then was around $100, supposed to be spring-loaded, and has never worked right from the get-go…It holds 50’ of hose, and I have to beat on it to get it to retract….and then it still leaves about 10’ of hose dangling…..That piece of s…t ain’t worth two dead flies…..But … hangs right above my compressor on a heavy mounting bracket w/ a 6’ lead from the compressor into the reel….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#15 posted 08-14-2015 07:37 PM

I tie mine up in a series of knots kinda like crochet, I have tied my extension cords and air hoses like this since I worked in the framing industry. Really makes the hose and cord be neat and organized without any knots. Also helps for the sake of portability, but most woodworkers may not need that feature. The reel is by far quicker, but I think it would annoy me but maybe I should give it a try.

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