Home made hose vacuum hose reel

jlittlesol

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I got tired of winding my vacuum hoses up by hand so I made a hose reel. I know it's a monster but I used what I had. The sides are 3/4 plywood, the take up is a 50 gallon drum, I made a different one with a 30 gallon drum but didn't like it so I changed the design and all I had was a 50. It spins on 2 bar stool plates which are 2 plates sandwiched together with bearings in between which work great and are only $16 each. The handles that I grab to spin it go around the entire drum on both sides and are made of 3/4 PVC pipe. That was only $18. The handles ( 3/4 PVC pipe) had to be heated with a torch and bent around another drum I had to get the shape but when they cooled I couldn't get them perfect but nothing is on this reel. I also made a 110 gallon recovery tank out of two 55 Gallon drums. I connected them at the base with 1 1/2 PVC so they both fill evenly (in theory) and I also put 2 drains at bottom of both drums that I hook a hose too. It seems to work great. If I did carpets all day every day I would buy the manufactured hose reels and recovery tanks but for the amount I do this works great.
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We made our hose reel when I started out as well to save some cash. I have a brother in law that welds so he made it for about $120. Served it's purpose for many years.
 

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Great job man!!!!
We used to build hose reels out of plywood but that was 20 years ago. Your ingenuity will keep you going
I actually tried to make it so I could wind it up with a crank handle. I put a wheelbarrow tire up against it with a bolt going through plywood to a handle but it didn't work so good. I was thinking a flywheel mounted on barrel with a smaller one next to it connected with a chain and a handle to crank but I don't want to take it apart right now.
 

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I got tired of winding my vacuum hoses up by hand so I made a hose reel. I know it's a monster but I used what I had. The sides are 3/4 plywood, the take up is a 50 gallon drum, I made a different one with a 30 gallon drum but didn't like it so I changed the design and all I had was a 50. It spins on 2 bar stool plates which are 2 plates sandwiched together with bearings in between which work great and are only $16 each. The handles that I grab to spin it go around the entire drum on both sides and are made of 3/4 PVC pipe. That was only $18. The handles ( 3/4 PVC pipe) had to be heated with a torch and bent around another drum I had to get the shape but when they cooled I couldn't get them perfect but nothing is on this reel. I also made a 110 gallon recovery tank out of two 55 Gallon drums. I connected them at the base with 1 1/2 PVC so they both fill evenly (in theory) and I also put 2 drains at bottom of both drums that I hook a hose too. It seems to work great. If I did carpets all day every day I would buy the manufactured hose reels and recovery tanks but for the amount I do this works great. View attachment 86540View attachment 86541
Do you have more pictures? How did you assemble the I wanna build up my own.
I got tired of winding my vacuum hoses up by hand so I made a hose reel. I know it's a monster but I used what I had. The sides are 3/4 plywood, the take up is a 50 gallon drum, I made a different one with a 30 gallon drum but didn't like it so I changed the design and all I had was a 50. It spins on 2 bar stool plates which are 2 plates sandwiched together with bearings in between which work great and are only $16 each. The handles that I grab to spin it go around the entire drum on both sides and are made of 3/4 PVC pipe. That was only $18. The handles ( 3/4 PVC pipe) had to be heated with a torch and bent around another drum I had to get the shape but when they cooled I couldn't get them perfect but nothing is on this reel. I also made a 110 gallon recovery tank out of two 55 Gallon drums. I connected them at the base with 1 1/2 PVC so they both fill evenly (in theory) and I also put 2 drains at bottom of both drums that I hook a hose too. It seems to work great. If I did carpets all day every day I would buy the manufactured hose reels and recovery tanks but for the amount I do this works great. View attachment 86540View attachment 86541
Do you have more pictures? How did you connect the central pipe to the swivel?
Thanks.