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    1/2 inch air flexible air hose

    does anyone know a good brand of a 50 ft or so air hose that has some flexibility, not stiff as wood, and comes on a reel?
    I see tons of companies make it, but I dont really know which one is a better quality, or worth the price?(for my little porter cable pancake style compressor, the little red one)

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    I'm sure we all have our favorite or out "most hated". I'm gonna say Flexeel.
    I put 50' of Flexeel on a hand-wind reel I got on sale at HF with 30' of junk hose on it (that I removed). It would easily hold 25 more feet and possibly more than that.
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    Im looking for 1/4 inch, but Im guessing HF means harbor freight? so Ill go give a looksie right now.

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    Yep, HF is Harbor Freight. That's where Glenn got the reel, but not the hose.
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    and if you can use 3/8" rather than 1/4" and you get what yu pay for in hose quality.
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    Glenn Bradley:

    Thanks for the HF Hose reel idea. I'm trying to organize the garage in general and have a compressor with a quick disconnect on the tank outlet. I have to connect a hose, use it and then disconnect, recoil and hang up. For $40 it would be worth the $$$ to be able to unreel the air hose by pulling on it and use it.

    They describe it as having a "hand brake". Does that work sort of like an adjustable "drag" so that the drum only spins a little when you pull on it?

    A 50' 1/2" Flexeel hose goes for $100 on Amazon. Did yours balk at all when you mounted it on the HF reel?

    This place is a gold mine for even non-WW related ideas. . .

    Thanks everyone and keep em coming . . .

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    They describe it as having a "hand brake". Does that work sort of like an adjustable "drag" so that the drum only spins a little when you pull on it?
    The term "hand brake" is a bit odd. There is a spring loaded pin with a ring on it that sticks through one of the holes provided in the side of the reel. You pull the pin back (spring loaded), turn it 90* and it locks "out". After you wind the hose back up (or anytime for that matter), you pull the pin and turn it 90* and it goes back in. It will settle into the first hole that comes along.

    My hose is 1/4" x 50' as I only use it for my pin and brad guns and don't need a lot of ooomf. My little compressor would have trouble filling 50' of 1/2" hose anyway .

    I got the hose at a clearance house that LOML drug me to. It was $12. I really shoulda got another one. They had four. This is the same place that I got knives for my DW734 at about half price and some nice pulls for my shop cabinets for 25 cents each . That doesn't happen every day.
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    1/2" for a pancake compressor? 3/8 would be plenty.

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