Best Garden Hose

I ned to replace two garden hoses, each 75' long. While I would like to have 3/4" hoses, my hose reels work best with a 5/8" hose. Durability is obvioiusly one criteria, as are those not prone to kinking.
I was surprised to read reviews of several higher priced "professional" grade hoses that got poor marks for kinking.
Any tried and true recommendations?
TIA
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:

Bury some pipe and put a faucet near your work to save hose hassles.
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On Thu 21 May 2009 05:13:06a, Hipupchuck told us...

In this situation it wouldn't be practical. We live in the desert, have no grass, and only need to spot water numerous trees and plants spotted all over the property. Ideally, a drip irrigation system would be my choice, but right now is out of my price range. So...manual watering of each plant is what I need to do.
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:

I hate to do this, because in may ways I don't care for Sears. But Sears has a rubber water hose that is guaranteed for life. If it fails for any reason you can take it back and get a new one. I have had one for a couple of years now and have had no problem with kinking. It costs a little more, but not that much. If I recall correctly I paid $35 for a 70 foot one. I did also notice at K-Mart they had a 50 footer for $20. It is a 3/4" hose, so it really fills up my hose reel.
Well, I did notice one very minor thing. When I washed the car the other day it was still putting out some soap in the first flow. This is the soap that they used as a lubricant when they were pulling it off of the mandrel at the factory.
Bill
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Have to agree on this one. I have 3 Sears rubber hoses. Never had a problem with any of them. I don't even use a hose roller. I just spool it up in nice circle on the ground. Try to to that with anything other the rubber.
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On Thu 21 May 2009 06:09:24a, BillGill told us...

I shall take a look at Sears. Thanks, Bill.
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On May 20, 10:05pm, Wayne Boatwright

Teknor Apex ....best hose I've ever used, no kinks, not too heavy to muscle (but heavy duty)
you will like them & never have a problem with them
the hose fittings are impossible to damage, machined brass not thin wall formed fittings
I got 5/8" ....the 3/4" just seemed a bit too burly & I didnt want my wife to complain about the weight (I was replacing heavy rubber hoses)
and I was worried that the 3/4" would be too big / heavy for my automatic hose reel.
Available in 5/8 or 3/4; 50', 75' or 100'
online or at Target (in SoCal)
http://doitbest.com/Garden+hoses-Teknor+Apex+Co.-model-1032632-doitbest-sku-705998.dib
cheers Bob
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A concrete company trashed one of my hoses, and I complained to the foreman. They brought me a Goodyear black 100' hose with hefty brass fittings (heavy cast, not that thin crimped shit), and that was five years ago. It looks like it will last probably twenty years. Went through having ice form in it from water being left over the winter. I figure that hose cost at least $75.
I still dork around with these cheesy cheap ones, and all the repair kits. There's something about paying $75 - $ 100 for a garden hose that causes me to balk. But it was free, so I took it. Damn nice hose.
FWIW
Steve
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On Thu 21 May 2009 05:26:50p, SteveB told us...

Thanks, Steve. Definitely worth looking into. I don't mind the price as much s I mind a crappy hose that gives me problems and needs frequent replacement.
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SteveB wrote:

Thats the price vs value thing. Lots of folks simply follow the walmart driven cheep cheep cheep method without actual regard to value. I would much rather get a good hose than buy 3 cheepo hoses and fuss with them and pay more than a good hose would have cost in the first place especially since it would likely equate to $3/year difference over the life of the hose.
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I have three or four crap hoses laying in my yard right now, kinks all over, one split in several places. I wish now I had spent the money on one good quality hose instead of these cheap crap made in china worthless plastic hoses :(. Buying one expensive hose that lasts ten years has got to be cheaper then buying a new cheap hose year after year.
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Of course, the expensive ones are made in china as well.
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On the subject of quality, if anyone is interested in the best hose reel, go to www.rapidreel.com I'm on my third year now and it is amazingly durable, easy to wind, holds a lot of hose, and is easy to move around. I got tired of the plastic crap and associated problems.
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I thought of that...where can I find an honest to goodness, made in USA garden hose?
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make it yourself.
or get a time machine.
The big corporations moved nearly all manufacturing out of the U.S. over the last couple of decades.
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AZ Nomad wrote:

Ain't that the sad truth. Finally bought a house 4 years ago, so of course every time I do a new category of project or chore for the first time (since living at home as a kid), I have to go out and buy the appropriate tools. Even mundane yard tools like a hoe, or a bracket to hang hoses from, all seem to be made in China now. A few hand tools are still made in US, but only the premium brands, and not many of them.
I guess when we are all flipping burgers for a living, China, Inc. will have a good market for spatulas.
-- aem sends...
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What makes you think we'll all be flipping burgers? Indian casinos will still need janitors and restroom attendants.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Them, I don't begrudge the money. (Other than the big cut the 'consulting firms' seem to take for setting up the casinos for them). After all the nasty things Northern European whiteys did to them, if they can fleece some of the stupider descendants thereof, more power to them. If I ever wanna throw away money, I can just tear it up at home and save the gas.
Besides, the local tribes always get first shot at the jobs.
-- aem sends...
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