So many people have had the same problem and only a few of us have probably not thrown out the silicone wipe! Add the silicone to the rubber hose and it gets pretty slick! So much so that it doesn't stick to itself causing the binding so many have experienced! I wiped mine down when I first got it and do it once or twice a year when it feels like it needs it.
As another reviewer stated, I also relieve the pressure from the system when I am done with it just to protect the hose. This also makes it easier to retract and store the hose on the reel.
The overall quality seems fair to good though an exceptional model would be made of steel and probably cost twice as much! Still, for the home shop (this is hung on a rafter above my '71 Mustang) this does a great job of getting out of my way when it's time to clean up!
Before buying this reel I had read the reviews but decided to buy it anyway. Cosmetically it's a nice hose reel, but let's face it functionality is more important than looks. From the day I pulled this thing out of the box it has never wound the hose properly. With the real being located out of reach this wasn't something that I am willing to deal with so I took it back.
Easy installation although the bracket seems cheap and I hope it holds up. The hose itself is plastic and if I ever have to replace t I will use rubber. Make sure to keep silicon spray handy to keep retracting moving well. For the price it does well in a small garage.
Easy to mount on the wall and doesn't take up much space. Great Craftsman quality.
Install was easy once the measurements for locating it on the wall properly and in reach of the short hose to the compressor were completed. Works well and should last long for a medium duty home service garage.
Works and looks great. Only wish that the hose was rubber so that it won't get hard in colder weather. Have to wait and see this winter to see. If it does than I will be replacing hose with Rubber. Overall good price.
got reel for good price. works as should
cheap recoil & hose length is shorter then advertised because coil retains section of it
The Craftsman Hose Reel& hose is an excellent garage organizer-
mount on your wall &the cord is not lying on your garage floor. Works excellent with the craftsman air compressor. !!
I've had this for years with no issues other than sometimes the last foot or so of the reel not retracting. I've mounted it shoulder level, so it's not a big deal to push it in by hand. I use this mainly for some light tools and filling tires. It's been great so far.