Able to be fixed or portable, water hose reels are categorized based on various factors including the diameter and the length of the hose that they hold, the pressure rating (amount of psi it is able to withstand) and the type of retraction method used.
Some of the wide range of applications that water hose reels are utilized for includes providing transportation of water in golf courses, athletic fields, farms and irrigation, parks and recreation, nurseries and orchards. In addition to these applications, water hose reels are also used to assist in watering lawns and landscaping in homes, resorts and hotels, restaurants, and many other commercial locations.
They are also helpful for more heavy-duty, industrial applications such as equipment cleaning and pressure washing. Water hose reels are beneficial for use in many industries because they are a simple, safe and effective way of storing, delivering and retrieving hoses for any purpose that must provide water.
The main purpose of water hose reels is to keep hoses neat when not in use and kink-free when they are being used. Water hoses that are left lying out are a tripping hazard to employees and customers in the workplace; and even a danger to children, animals and lawnmowers in residential settings. However, water hose reels prevent these dangers and also protect hoses from the heat of the sun, which can cause them to crack.
In general, water hose reels are manufactured from materials such as metal, fiberglass, or plastics. When it comes to specific design features, most water hose reels feature a side-mounted handle for winding and unwinding by hand. However, others utilize electric, spring, or air (pneumatic) power in order to unwind and wind the hosing with minimal effort. A motor powers the retraction mechanism in electric and pneumatic hose reels.
In a spring reel, an internal spring is used to retract the hose. In addition, water hose reels can be designed in two main ways: as an open face hose reel or a closed face hose reel. In an open face hose reel, the hose is left open to the atmosphere. In a closed face hose reel, the hose is boxed in and protected from possible corrosive elements.