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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Retractable Air Hoses?

Ok does anyone have recommendations for automatically retracting ceiling mount air hose reels?

I purchased one from home depot but I'm not too happy with it, it doesn't rewind itself very well. So I'm looking for advice from anyone that might have experience with them. I've found plenty online but I'm wondering what the differences are and if anyone has personal experience that they could recommend a given brand.

Also the one I bought is 25ft, I'd like to up that to 50ft.
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I would check out Harbor Freight, but a good one is going to cost you. We don't use them in the shop here because they typically are worn out (for us) in about a month.
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I was actually looking at the one from Harbor Freight I'm going to go check that one out. I wouldn't mind spending more if it's better quality and going to last longer. I know they're not cheap, the other one I was looking at was almost $200 but it actually had a mechanism that moves back and forth to assist in smoother retraction into the wheel. So we'll see.

Thanks for the info though, it's either this or running the tubing but you talk about expensive, that's expensive.
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Harbor freight will probably be equal (or lesser) quality to your HD model. Try Berlands House of Tools, or if you have a contact with an account Try Grainger or McMaster Carr (industrial grade)
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The retractable ones are nice, but I'm too much of a cheap-ass. I picked up a nice 100ft hose from Home Depot on clearance for like $35 and then a manual hose reel from Harbor Freight for under $30.

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I have yet to get a smaller hose to connect the reel to the compressor. Let me tell you - dealing with 100ft of hose NOT on a reel is a pain in the ass.

I wanted 100ft because I have a tandem garage (two cars deep, one car wide) and I wanted to be able to use the air tools while the car was on the driveway.
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Well I ended up purchasing the one from Harbor Freight and after installing it I have to say I like it. Not sure how long it will last so time will tell. It does however retract much better than the one from Home Depot, and it is 50' instead of the 25' I had originally.

So if anyone else is looking for something like this, here is the one I bought and it worked out well. Just be sure to make a very sturdy base because they are heavy. I used 2) 2x6's and large lag bolts to mount it spanning two studs in the ceiling.

http://ww2.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...&CategoryID=13
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what hp/gal compressor are you running Dave?

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I think it's something like 1.7hp/26gal something like that, it's not an extremely high end compressor. I hope to upgrade it eventually, it does ok for most things, but if I'm using the die grinder through thick metals I have to cut some, take a break then cut some more.
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