Now is the time to shop for a good hose reel. Most of those sold at the big stores are not very durable. A good choice comes from Nebraska by the name of RapidReel. As compared to the cost of the less rugged hose reels found in most stores, RapidReel hose reels aren’t cheap, but they are worth every penny. Sold by Eley, each hose reel comes with a 10-year No-Leak, No-Rust, No-Break factory guarantee. Once you get one of these hose reels, put it together, and use it, you’ll be quite satisfied with the real quality you just purchased.
The Southwestern New Jersey Gardening Examiner has two older model Tritons, a 4-Wheel Wagon Reel Model GH168-WG and a Perpendicular Wall Mount Model GH164-PD. These were bought several years ago (2007?) and, of course have had their share of both tender love and harried neglect. They continue to be superior. No regrets: total satisfaction. Even the assembly instructions are of the best quality; the document was printed on high quality paper and has easy to follow instructions supported by excellent illustrations; they even show you the actual size of the head of a #3 Phillips screwdriver! The hose reel operates smoothly and has a brake function to prevent the hose from self-unwinding.
The website for this product is rapidreel.com. You can place a factory-direct order or you can use the website’s Store Locator function to locate a dealer near you. The recommendation is: spend a little more money to buy quality and save yourself money and trouble in the long run (similar to treating your mole and Japanese beetle grub problem with the natural biological agent of Milky Spore rather than waging chemical warfare with the result of killing more than the grubs and perhaps creating a hazard to humans and pets).