I have one of the Ames hose reels with built in hose guides. Comes
completely assembled and seemed nice until the part attached to the handle
broke. Happened to check their web site..... turns out replacement parts
are free... just fill out a form and they send them out. They pay postage.
Thought I would let other people know before they trash their Ames hose
I bet they are those cheapo plastic reels, right?
They BETTER offer free parts for those cheap pieces of junk.
You couldn't give me one of those things again.
If you look in commercial tool catalogs, there are actually still
metal hose reels made and sold. They are pricey, but it's better than
buying a new plastic one each year.
I usually hate the "cheap stuff" too, but I've had some good luck with my
next-to-nothing Ames reel I bought at a salvage store. On its 3rd season
and it lives outside for about 8 months a year.
Watch, I probably just jinxed myself and it'll fall apart today. Screw
replacing parts though. Unless they're still wicked cheap I will most
definitely upgrade to steel next time.
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