Retractable Air Hose Reel

Family Handyman The King of Convenience If your shop is equipped with an air compressor, look for a retractable hose

Family Handyman

The King of Convenience

If your shop is equipped with an air compressor, look for a retractable hose reel (not one of those cheesy crank models). It prevents trips and tangles when you’re using air tools like nailers, sanders and sprayers, and then reels up in seconds when the job’s done. Trust us—any woodworker will love the convenience. If your shop is in the garage, you can fill the car tires more easily too! A retractable hose reel like the one shown costs about $80 at home centers.

If you don’t want to leave the house, check out this MaxWorks option from Amazon.

Things to Consider Before Buying

Hose Length

Most hose reels on the market come in 50-ft. lengths. This length will work for 99 percent of home workshops but if you need the hose to reach outside, double check what length you need. Some companies offer extensions that will seamlessly add on to the included hose if you find that the length you bought doesn’t work.

Check Retractable Air Hose Reel Reviews

The majority of retractable hose reels are incredibly reliable but if you for a cheaper option, the reel starts to slow down while retracting. User reviews are a great way to tell if this is a problem for any product. Double check before giving up your money that you are getting something that will last a long time.

If this shop add-on excites you, check out a retractable extension cord.

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