Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Poorly engineered
I bought an Ames reel of this type or very similar made of metal and a few plastic parts about 3- 4 years ago from Home Depot believing it would outlast the plastic models that Ames offered. Boy, was I wrong! Recently a large leak developed where the short Ames supplied flex hose attaches to the reel. Also this summer the reel became very difficult to wind. So much so my wife wasn't about to operate it.
When the leak developed I attempted to disconnect the short flex hose from the reel. There was a lot of corrosion buildup at the connection so I soaked the connection overnight with WD-40 penetrant before attempting to unscrew. With a slight amount of pressure the male fitting broke completely off leaving the male portion inside the short flex hose. For all practical purposes completely ruining the reel.
Examining the failed fitting It appeared the dissimilar metals were bonded together, one leaching metal from the other which made removal impossible. Also disconnecting my garden hose from the reel it required WD-40 soaking and a pipe wrench to break the connection. I was concerned it would break due to oxidation also. As the pictures show there was oxidation on most of the reel surfaces. My water supply comes from a treated municipal source where water quality is monitored on a frequent basis. Any small amount of contaminants should present a problem of this nature in this short period of time.
October 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sonny Very pleased! Quality hose reel.
Best hose reel I ever had (and I've had many and they all leaked). We have it mounted inside our garage and will use it year round. It Looks great and works smooth and solid when you pull the hose out and wind it back up. Ames makes a great product.
June 17, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by John Returned it.
Opened the box and realized it was constructed of steel and not cast aluminum. I had a metal one in the past and it eventually rusted out. Replaced it with a Liberty Garden brand made of cast aluminum and it still looked good till we moved 7 years later. Returned this one and bought the Liberty Garden version.
March 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GardeningGal A hose reel that's as decorative as it is functional
I love this hose reel! We built a lovely patio that included a faucet, so I didn't want an ugly plastic hose reel. This one is attractive, easy to wind, and has a shelf to hold a nozzle, watering can, gardening gloves, etc. It's perfect!
Two complaints: The original one we bought seven years ago came apart inside--not sure how that happened. The design made it impossible to repair. But we liked the reel so much that we bought an exact replacement. Inexplicably, the mounting holes were located differently. That was disappointing, as we had to drill new holes into the brick wall. Overall, worth it and we love the unit.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dennis Ames Hose Mount
Great! Product received was in good shape. Have not mounted yet due to weather but looks Great.
January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Good Hose Reel
So far, the hose reel has performed as I would expect. The construction is solid, and I expect that it will last a lot longer than the plastic model that I replaced.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by thunderdragon Nice price for great reel!
Great hose reel! The answer to my hose storage problem!
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bertmeister Great product
This is the second one of these purchased, one for front and one for back of house. Had the first one for 3 years now. Good quality, no leaks!
September 30, 2014