Every homeowner should own an air compressor, even if it’s a small one. “Tool guys” own one big enough to drive air tools. (You’ll never go back.) But true Toolmongers have one of these: a retractable hose reel that keeps air lines out from underfoot. (You get extra points for plumbing it to the ceiling first so the hose drops down quick-lube-style.)
The one pictured above comes from Coxreels, and is part of their “P Series” line, which are available in low, medium and high pressure for use with air, water, oil, grease and other fluids. Like all units of this type, a spring-driven mechanism retracts the hose back into the unit with a short tug on the line.
We’ve got one in the Toolmonger shop, though only for air. If any of you are using these for water, oil, or grease, send us a picture of your shop — we’re not worthy.
Street Pricing starts at $125 for the P series reels. For those of you on a budget, Harbor Freight sells one that’s available as low as $45 from time to time. (Watch for a sale, though — they’re normally $80, which isn’t much of a deal.)