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Technical Shop air system upgrade

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by willys36, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. I got tired of tangled air hoses hanging on wall racks but was too cheap to buy hose reels. Stumbled across this design on Instructables site so decided to build some. I made 4 reels from a single 4x8 sheet of 3/4" Radiata plywood and assorted pipe fittings and put them around my shop. They easily hold a 50', 3/8" hose. Key part is a $5 Harbor Freight swivel fitting. They work great and cost way less than half the cost of the commercial ones.

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  2. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,813

    oldiron 440

    I just use an old wheel on the wall, works every time...
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  3. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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  4. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,545


    That's the first time I've seen a Woodie Reel! Nice work...
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  5. AngleDrive
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,025

    from Florida

    I leave mine on the floor. :D
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  6. That's basically what I had. Every time you reel the hose off you have to unwind it, then putting it back on you need to wind it back. I am getting old, can't afford that wasted time. These reels are great. Hose pulls out un-twisted, winds back on untwisted.
  7. Did that too. Getting too uncoordinated, always tripping and almost faceplanting on hoses and extension cords.
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  8. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,631

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    My Grand Kids roll mine up.
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  9. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 8,377


    They need a vacation up north? :)
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  10. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,813

    oldiron 440

    I've had hose reels before infact I've had a new one in the box for over twenty five years. The only way I care to use them in the shop is when they hang from the ceiling....
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  11. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,229


    funny thread , had me reeling....
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  12. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 8,377


    And yet no one said (yet) the magic words about stumbling over the hoses;)
    IT !
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  13. grdra1
    Joined: May 20, 2013
    Posts: 405


    I have a retractable hose reel, friggen awesome. Glen
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  14. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,387

    from Arizona

    That's me too. I have a hose reel but it's a pain to roll it all out to reach something outside. So I plugged in another hose to it. Back to square one.
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  15. Dorrssacadilac
    Joined: Aug 26, 2021
    Posts: 10


    I leave mine on the floor.
  16. '51 Norm
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 760

    '51 Norm
    from colorado

    I have two self retractables and one crank one. Now all I have to do is retract the hose, but I usually don't and so the trip hazard is still on the floor.

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