About a year and a half ago, when I bought my house, one of the first things I did was put up a Harbor Freight air hose reel in the garage. I’ve always considered the reel a good value, and actually listed it high in my 10 Best Tools You Can Buy At Harbor Freight¬†article back in June. I have to admit though, I was a little disappointed in it yesterday.

How’s this for irony. December 20th I said this in a post on the forum:

“I have this hose. The hose itself is the chintzy rubber you expect from HF, but the reel works good. When the hose dies I’ve got a Tekton composite hose begging to be mounted up”

As proof that God has a sense of humor, guess what happened the next day?

HF Air Hose Reel 1

 

Yep, the day after I commented about the cheap hose, it blew out while running a cut off tool. I hadn’t paid much attention before, but it appears the whole front 10 ft. or so was ready to explode.

HF Air Hose Reel 4

In a furtherance of consequence from poor quality, the outlet nipple broke off as I was removing the quick connect and required an extractor to get out

HF Air Hose Reel 3

This hose in no way lived a hard life. It spent a year and a half indoors, used 2-3 times a week, at less than half of it’s 250 psi rating, with little exposure to chemicals. I know it’s Harbor Freight we’re talking about, but that’s pretty pitiful.

All that being said, I still feel the reel is a good buy at $89. I took 10 minutes, mounted up a USA made Tekton Composite Hose, and went back to work.