Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 11
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Curmudgeon10 Fussy Retract Mechanism
I purchased this after a series of unsatisfactory purchases of Frontgate's more expensive hose reels. This unit is similarly constructed but uses a 5/8" hose vs. the 1/2" on the other units.
The major problem was that one could not rely on the unit to "latch" when the hose was withdrawn to within about ten feet of its full length. It took an extraordinary amount of tugging, and carefully letting the hose reel retract, hopefully to "catch" and stop. It operated properly so infrequently, we junked it and went with a manual roll up reel.
May 8, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by rogue305 Hard to pull out, does not fully retract
I am 6'1 260lbs, and I have to really lean into the hose to pull it from the housing. I have yet to have it retract fully, even though I have tried shutting off the water, and draining the hose. The best I have gotten is about 5' remaining. This is inspite of the fact that the hose reel has a spooler than evenly distributes the hose across the drum.
August 6, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DrTony This product is one of the worst products I have ever purchased.
It is almost impossible to get the hose to easilt retract. And forget retracting the hose completely, if you do not empty the water completely from the hose. Even then, it normally takes several time to get the hose to completely retract. Do not buy this product!!!!!!!!!
June 11, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 1lafan reel king hose reel
Great item. Has a strong rewind system. Could be a little hard to pull out but no problem with the rewind. Hose is 5/8' so the flow is good. Only problem is with the brass hose end fitting. It is 2 piece and can leak. could me made better. It can be replaced with a better fitting if you want.
November 23, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Barngoddess Piece of junk
Broke in less than one week. Water starting pouring out of the bottom and the rewind mechanism is weak at best. The locking mechanism also broke. DO NOT spend your money on this piece of junk!
April 26, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Leaky LEAKS like CRAZY
Don't buy this.
The hose itself is of very poor quality AND it leaks like crazy inside, probably at some fitting. There are like 15 screws, otherwise I would open it up and tighten/fix, but that's too much work. Second one I've returned!
September 6, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Brialtous Too heavy
It retracts without a problem but the unit is far too heavy for the wall mounting bracket.
The bracket is so flimsy and made from a cheap plastic, so if you tighten the mounting screws too tightly it would break.
July 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HGS66 This product is very convenient
Watering plants on the deck used to be a chore. With this auto-winding hose reel it is a simple task. What used to take 15-20 minutes is now done in less than 5 minutes.
September 7, 2011