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 video post features instructions for a STEEL EAGLE HOSE REEL SET UP.  This will assist with either pressure wash or soft wash set up.  You will need two different reels for each purpose.  The basic difference between the two reels is the manifold inside the reel.  The manifold is the pipe that is inside each reel.  The soft wash reel manifold is made of stainless steel.  This is better for higher concentrations of bleach.  I provide specific details regarding the tools you will use for this HOSE REEL SET UP project.


The swivel is going to be pretty common across all brands of hose reels.  We carry King’s Reels, Hannay, and Valley Industries.  But with covid supply chain issues, Steel Eagle is the one most readily available.  The purpose of the swivel is to keep the inlet connection in place while reeling the hose in or out.  There is a butterfly nut above the swivel which serves as an adjustment for the brake.  This helps manage the hose while reeling out and prevents free spinning that results in tangles.  There are various hose reel set up strategies for the swivel connection, and I explain how I connect mine.  I also cover the ways others may connect theirs, so you do have some flexibility.  It’s really just a matter of personal preference.  Some choose to hard plumb it, but my preference is using a quick connect fitting.


The next step for this HOSE REEL SET UP is connecting the hose.  This is whether it be the soft wash hose or the high pressure hose.  There is a very important hint at the 10:00 time stamp regarding how to wrap the hose.  You do not want to miss this important tip!  Once again, there is flexibility which depends on personal preference between hard plumbing or quick connects.  I do explain why quick connects are my preference in the video!  If this video post was helpful, you might also enjoy PRESSURE WASHING HOSE CARE.



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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!