Has anyone tried running their 3/8 whip-line through their hose-reel? Sounds like a pain I know, but there are two reasons why I’d like to do it: 1. Performance - I notice a slight performance drop when the water passes through the 1/2" hose reel rather than the consistent 3/8" line. 2. Less wear on the reel - I notice a little rust every morning when I fire up the machine, and I’m hoping that having a whip-line that I can replace every now and then will increase the longevity of my reels. May be this is just a terrible idea but I’m curious if anyone has plumbed their reels to maintain the 3/8".
what? my lines have always been 3/8" from machine to reel to gun
The plumbing inside your hose reel is 3/8"? Which hose reels do you have? I have steel eagle, and GP
well no the plumbing INSIDE isn’t 3/8". I run titan reels. I must’ve misunderstood. you mean you want to cut your reels open and shrink the interior diameter and rethread the openings for 3/8"?
No problem, it would have been easier to understand if I’d posted with pics. No not shrink the inner diameter and rethread, just run a 3/8 whip-line through the 1/2" opening.
like physically take a 3/8" hose and push it through your hose reel so it sticks out the other end?
that sounds like a bad idea if not an impossible one.
You’re probably right there. I’m just trying to see if anyone has either found a hose reel with 3/8” plumbing or has found a way to work around the 1/2” plumbing inside these reels.
No sense in reinventing the wheel. Buy good reels and they’ll last for years.
Not with my PW reel but I’m working on that with my soft wash reel. If it works ya’ll will be the first to know. nylon swivel too…
GP makes a really cheap reel that works exactly how you’re describing. It’s junk. And it relies on a really weird, proprietary swivel with 3/4” external and 3/8” internal threads, which is nearly impossible to find replacements for when it inevitably starts leaking.
OTOH, Gorilla Reels makes a “manifold-less” reel for the soft washing industry that’s quite robust. But it’s all low pressure plumbing, so not workable for pressure washing.
Just use a good stainless 1/2” reel. If you’re worried about pressure loss issues, upgrade to all 1/2” plumbing between your pump and reel. But that should only be a concern if you are running 8+ gpm.
Steel Eagle makes a hose reel with all 3/4" internals. I bought it for my garden hose to supply my tank.
I have one that I use on my staining trailer that uses 3/8" poly. It’s 10 yrs old and still works great. I just don’t know if I can get the 1/2" Kuritek through the bends. It’s supposed to be raining all next week so I will have some time to play with it.