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.
it's acceptable for most applications. The hose needs to be coated with a little silicone spray so it will wind up inside totally. Also, in the cold this hose gets hard - and fragile. The hose split on me on a cold Buffalo day in an unheated garage. It cannot be repaired, so I will replace with a rubber hose.
Works great! So happy with the value.
Good product. The hose is fairly durable and the reel is reliable. The wall mount isn't fancy but it does the job. I would recommend this to anyone looking to avoid air lines running across their workshop floor.
This is a much needed accessory for any owner of an air compressor. It attaches easily and is easy to use. The hose is a bit short for my use but will reach most of the driveway from the garage. Hopefully it will last a long time just like any other craftsman product! Will definitely recommend to others. Overall great purchase and got it for a great price! Well done craftsman!
Exactly what I was looking for
I like this product just wish it had more line with it.
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.