One crucial element on every T&S hose reel is a hose stop, the circular black rubber device attached to the hose. Its job is to prevent the hose from retracting too far into the assembly and ending up out of users’ reach.
For the hose stop to work effectively, it needs to be placed in the right spot at installation and periodically checked to ensure it hasn’t moved.
Starting off right
Hose reels are shipped with the hose stop attached in a position that’s ideal for packaging and shipping, not necessarily what’s best for installation and use. Depending on where the hose reel is mounted, the hose stop may need to be moved a little or a lot at the time of installation.
The primary consideration in locating the hose stop is ease of use. Affix the hose stop so that enough hose hangs out of the assembly to make the spray gun or other outlet device easy to reach for everyday users.
At minimum, the hose stop should be located at least several centimeters behind the bend restrictor.
To adjust the hose stop at installation, use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the two screws holding the hose stop until it separates slightly from the hose. Slide the hose stop into the correct position and retighten the screws.
Keeping it right
It’s possible for a hose stop to shift slightly with use over time. As the hose retracts into the assembly and the hose stop comes into contact with the hose guide, the hose stop may gradually be pushed closer to the hose nozzle.
This movement will not only make the hose more difficult to access, particularly for hose reels mounted on ceilings or other hard-to-reach areas, but can also cause damage to the end of the hose if not corrected.
Inspect the location of the hose stop regularly and adjust as needed with the same simple process as the original installation.
Using it right
The best way to maintain your hose reel and its hose stop is to install and use the hose reel properly.
Install the hose reel in a location that doesn’t require it to be pulled at sharp angles. And at installation, be sure to adjust the guide arm so that it lines up with the primary direction users will be pulling the hose.
The hose reel should also be pulled out with two hands, reducing the strain on the nozzle and hose connection.
When retracting the hose, avoid letting the hose slam back into the assembly. Retract the hose under control to reduce the impact on the hose parts.
With proper maintenance, a T&S hose reel will be a useful and effective tool in your facility for years to come.