by Dean Dean

Hose Reel Fittings


This HOSE REEL FITTINGS video post features new fittings now available at Doug Rucker Store.  When talking about hook up for a pressure hose, there are a couple of other videos available on my YouTube channel.  One of them is a three stack reel kit, and another focusing on selection and installation.  There are a couple of fittings that now offer, which makes things a little bit easier.  I am now using these fittings myself and use them for all of our builds moving forward.  In the past, we would hard plumb the hose to the reel with a 1/2 inch bushing.  The are several variable fittings that I mention in the video as well, so be sure and pay close attention!


Quick Connect Fittings are always part of my hose reel fittings set up.  In fact, I use them anywhere and everywhere I possibly can.  It makes things much easier to change things out or make repairs.  It also saves alot of time both on the job and in the shop.  We now have the General Pump quick connect sets in 1/2 inch thread X 3/8 end.  This eliminates the need for a bushing.  At the 3:10 time stamp, you’ll see an example of both and the visual differences between the two.  While opions vary on this, my preference is to always use brass over stainless steel when available.


There are several reel brands available on our website.  They include Hannay, Kings, Steel Eagle, and General Pump.  This video demonstration uses the Hannay brand but this video applies the same way to all four brands.  They start with a 1/2 fitting on the manifold, and a 1/2 swivel on the other side. Don’t forget the teflon tape and loxeal for these kinds of installs.  The 4:50 time stamp begins with in depth instruction and the entire video is approximately 20 minutes.  If you have any questions about this video, please dont hesitate to ask in the comments section.  You may also send an email to or call or text 281-623-1223.  Check out all of our training events coming up soon!

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This HOSE REEL SET UP post with video is in response to a viewer question.  In fact, several of my YouTube Channel viewers asked this same question.  How do I plumb my hose reels?  So in this video, I provide the answer with a King’s three stack unit as part of the build process for one of my Doug Rucker Store customers.  A garden hose, a soft wash hose, and a pressure washing hose attach to this reel stack unit. The garden hose is always on the bottom, and the soft wash hose is in the middle.  Finally, the pressure washing hose is always on top.  We usually connect out soft wash hose to the KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  I explain why the HOSE REEL SET UP always follows this order in the video.


Some of the tools you will need for HOSE REEL SET UP include a 5/16 nut driver, hose clamps, and an adjustable wrench.  In addition, I use pipe cutters as well as a heat gun.  If you do not have a heat gun, a torch or blow dryer would be a nice substitute.  It’s also helpful to have Lock Seal and teflon tape.  You will use this to install the handle on one side with the brake on.  Then you will install the hose swivel on the opposite side.  The hose swivel should end up on the same side as locking pin.  This is a must so that the reel can spin freely without obstruction as the handle turns.  Hose barb sizing is another important piece for setting up hose reels, so I cover this in detail in the video.  Another helpful video for all things hose reel set up is this one on INSTALLING BULKHEAD FITTINGS.


In the video at 9:35, I cover the actual hoses I use as well as the hook up details for each hose.  We use the Flexilla garden hose, and a 1/2 inch soft wash hose.  Some prefer a 3/4 inch soft wash hose, and I provide insight into the differences between these two options.  The top reel is the 3/8 pressure hose with a quick connect and plug fitting.  Be sure the watch to entire video to understand all the details, ins, and outs!