One concern when purchasing industrial machinery is the safety of the equipment. No one wants to buy (or sell) a product that has the potential to malfunction and harm the operator or manufacturer. Because of this concern, various organizations have been created to ensure the safety of products. UL’s (Underwriters Laboratories) standards and certifications are universally recognized as important indicators of product safety and reliability. The vigorous tests conducted by UL Laboratories are essential to helping ensure public safety and confidence, reduce costs, and improve quality of market products and services. Millions of products and their components are tested to UL's rigorous safety standards with the result that consumers live in a safer environment than they would have otherwise.
Specifically discussing reels utilized for electrical purposes, safety is an utmost concern. It is extremely beneficial for any power cord reels to include a UL stamp of approval. UL Laboratories will test power cord reels for deficiencies such as fire and shock hazards, incorrect or missing markings, or misapplied components.
When a reel manufacturer sends their electrical products and accessories to be tested with Underwriters Laboratories, you can be certain that returning, approved products will meet necessary safety requirements. A UL listing also signifies a manufacturer’s commitment to the safety of users. The commitment to the customer should never end after the finalization of a product purchase.
Hose reels not only save wear and tear on hoses, extend hose life, but also save time in deployment and retracting. It is incredibly important to choose the correct reel for the application at hand, but it is also important to secure the best accessories to achieve maximum efficiency. Guide rollers are an increasingly sought upon option for manual and motorized hose reels.
The primary purpose of a hose guide is to help direct the hose both off and back on to the reel. A hose guide helps keep the hose on the spool during rewinding. There are several types of hose guides available. Some incorporate rollers, while others do not. A level wind feature actually guides the hose back onto the reel in a hands-free manner but is usually not used on manual rewind hose reels.
Spring driven reels often feature four-way guide rollers. Large frame reels do not usually ship with guide rollers, but they are available. The guide rollers greatly reduce friction and extend the life of the hose. They also soften the transition the hose makes in the event that it is pulled at a sharp angle. Hose guides serve additional purposes as well. They have also been known to turn into more of a grab handle for the user to hold onto while rolling the hose back onto the reel.
There is no question that trips, falls, and other workplace injuries are still common even in the most heavily regulated work environments. All different types of workplaces utilize hoses and cords for any number of applications, each one carrying potential safety risks. Fortunately, hose reels provide an invaluable opportunity to significantly minimize the workplace hazards created by unmaintained hoses and cords. A hose reel will most certainly be a positive addition to any workplace. However, there are vital features to look for when purchasing a hose reel and these features have the potential to significantly reduce the possibility of workplace injury and may even save a life. One of the most important factors in maintaining a hazard-free workplace is to ensure your reel is operating at a safe rewind speed.
Reels are designed to properly and effectively store and maintain hoses and cords in commercial industrial settings, as well as many types of service trucks and work trucks. Many users overlook the most important benefit hose reels have to offer: operator safety.
Traditionally when conventional spring driven hose reels are used in the workplace, there have always been instances where the operator will pull the hose from the hose reel, lock it off, use it and when finished retract it in an uncontrollable fashion not following safety practices. Unless carefully controlled by the user at all times, there is the tendency for hoses to retract at an unsafe speed, especially is the hose is under significant tension. In this situation, there is also the possibility of the hose whipping around and potentially damaging nearby equipment, the reel itself, or even injuring personnel.
If you are looking for the safest way to retract hoses at your workplace, always consider a reel with a built in safety system that ensures the reel retracts at a safe and steady pace. This feature acts as the ultimate control for hose, cord, and cable whip hazards and will increase productivity and safety in any conceivable application. After all, who isn’t in the market for a safer and more productive work environment?
Motor driven hose reels are the last of the three main types of reels available for the industrial market. Unlike the spring driven and hand crank reels, motor driven,also commonly referred to as automatic retraction, reels can be used for essentially all types of applications and hoses. The most distinguishing variation between different types of motorized hose reels is the power voltage. Power voltage in motorized hose reels can typically range from 12V to 230V.
The style, size, and composition of a hose reel depend on what you are using it for. Hose reels have various capacities. So it is essential to select one that can sufficiently hold the entire length of the hose. With motorized hose reels, there are very few limitations with hose lengths, other than the obvious: the hose must fit the reel. For example, if a hose is placed on a reel too small for the hose capacity, the hose will likely be damaged. Motor driven reels can be used for all applications providing there is a power source available.
Applications where you will frequently find motor-driven hose reels:
Water supply, wash-down, pressure washing, agricultural spraying, chemical fluid transfer, ground maintenance, farming, construction sites, general landscape/turf care, home gardening, restaurants, industrial plant and ground maintenance, pest and weed control, golf course maintenance, bulk liquid handling, aviation refueling, OEM systems, mining operations, maintenance/repair operations, plus many, many more!
Motor driven hose reels are known for being the most expensive of the three major categories of reels. An electric/motorized reel may seem like a pricey purchase; however, they are certainly the most hassle free of any reel investment.
Hose reels are a relatively simple piece of machinery, yet they serve a pivotal function in a variety of different industrial applications, providing safety and added efficiency to any business requiring the use of hose, cord, or cable. Because of the many different circumstances and features encompassed in the variety of reels on the market, it is imperative that you select the best one for your application. Let’s take a closer look at the spring-driven family of hose reels.
Spring driven hose reels, often referred to as spring rewind hose reels, will typically come standard with a locking ratchet and paw that allows the user to pull out the hose to desired length and lock it in place for ease of use. The hose can then be given a pull to release this lock for the reel to retract the hose.
Spring driven hose reels are particularly beneficial because they do not require a power source and can be used essentially anywhere. They also do not require regular maintenance.
Because spring driven hose reels require some strength and labor from the individual utilizing the hose, this may make spring driven reels unsuitable for those physically unable to pull out or properly retract the hose. The use of a motor rewind could be a safer alternative. For this reason, spring driven hose reels are not typically used for extremely long lengths of hose due to the manual labor required to retract the hose.
Applications where you will frequently find spring-driven hose reels:
Wash down, machine shops, service/mechanic/utility vehicles, lubrication, chemical fluid transfer, manufacturing plants and facilities, automotive and fleet service centers, mining, construction, railroad operations, aircraft maintenance, restaurants and commercial kitchens, marine and offshore, welding shops, fire rescue and apparatus, plus many, many more!There are many different aspects and factors to take into consideration when selecting the proper hose reel for your application. This blog serves to help guide you through the reel selection process. Our next blog will discuss hand crank hose reels.
When someone thinks of a reel, the first thought that may come to mind is your standard garden hose reel. Many would be pleasantly surprised to find that reels can be used in a multitude of applications such as utility and fleet trucks, pest control, marine, construction, automotive, fire safety, and welding, to name a select few.
The concept of a hose is a relatively simple one, it allows for water or liquid, oil or grease, or even air, to travel from point A to point B in an efficient and controlled manner. A reel is a cylindrical spindle that is used for storing, protecting, and maintaining hose, cord, or cable. These hose reels allow for the hose to be wound up tightly, and can be portable or fixed depending on the desired application. Reels are the ideal method for hose storage, as they utilize minimal space in order to protect users from potential damage to valuable equipment and even prevent workplace injury and death. There is a hose reel for just about any application.
Reels come in different methods of retractions, sizes, materials, and accommodate different variations of hoses. The most common styles of reels are spring driven, hand crank, or motor driven. Reels can either be fixed in a permanent location or portable (mounted to a truck, trailer, or cart).
There is no single reel that can adapt to and accommodate any application or job. When purchasing a hose reel, the above factors must be taken into deep consideration. Coxreels has created this informative blog to help properly assist consumers in finding the perfect reel to accommodate a specific application or job. We hope this information will be used as a guide and roadmap when purchasing a reel and any necessary reel accessories.
The next blog will discuss the applications, benefits, and in-depth features of the spring driven hose reels.