Choose the Right Reel for the Job

November 11, 2014

One of the components of any spray rig is the reel you use with your hose. Most jobs require long lengths of hose, so you want to make sure it stays undamaged and tangle-free. Using the proper reel can help with that. At Graham, we want to make sure our customers are knowledgeable about the different types of reels and that they perform well in the field.

According to Hannay, one of the top international reel manufacturers, there are basic types of reels:

  • Live Hose Reel: In addition to storing the hose, it allows fluid to flow through the hose even when it’s still wound up on the spool. In other words, you can use the hose to spray without having to unwind the full length.
  • Storage Reel: This stores the hose, but does not allow fluid to flow while it’s still on the spool. Instead, everything must be taken off the spool of the reel. Because these reels only store the hose, they have fewer components and tend to be less expensive.

Reels can be rewound by different methods, such as: crank, spring or motor power; motors can be electric, pneumatic or hydraulic. Reels can also be mounted on any truck, trailer or spray rig you use for your business.

Even though reels may look easy to operate, make sure you use them with safety in mind. Use the proper personal protective equipment, such as goggles or gloves, and keep your fingers at a distance to avoid getting pinched. If you have motor-powered reels, ensure the circuit breakers are the proper size for the motor. If you have a spring rewind reel, make sure the lock is disengaged and that you hold the base of the reel as it rewinds. Utilizing the proper safety technique for the type of reels you have will keep your hoses organized and prevent accidents.

Here are a few common problems experienced with hoses and reels, along with some tips for correcting them:

  • Hose doesn’t fit properly on the reel:
    • The length or diameter of the hose might not be the right size for the reel you have. Check the specs for your hose and reel to see if they’re not matching up. You’ll need to replace either the hose or the reel if they don’t.
    • The hose could be wound up unevenly on the spool. Be sure to hand-guide the hose as it is rewound.
  • No product output:
    • Your hose might be severed or have cuts. You’ll need to replace the hose and inspect the reel to make sure it doesn’t have any ragged or sharp edges that are damaging to the hose.
    • The hose could be crimped or the hose connector could be damaged. Make sure to properly unfold the hose to release the crimps or replace the hose connector if it is broken.

Always inspect your hoses and reels regularly for any damage or excessive wear-and-tear. Periodically, unroll all the hose off the reel and rewind it back on to make sure the reel is working properly. Avoid using cheap hoses or reels. Cutting corners on your spray equipment will cause troubles sooner than later.

Heavy duty reels come standard on every Graham spray rig and we can also troubleshoot the parts. Check out our reel motors and other parts at Graham or give us a call at 800.543.2810 if you have any questions about reels for your spray rig.