Our Reels 101 guide will help you better understand reels, including:
A reel is a device that winds up and stores a hose or cable – making your job easier and your workplace safer and more efficient.
A reel neatly stores your hose or cable to ensure it’s readily available wherever and whenever it’s needed—no tangles, no leaks, and no problems.
A reel keeps your hose or cable off of the floor to avoid tripping and other workplace accidents that may cause work stoppage or costly insurance issues.
A reel will lengthen the life of expensive hose and cable. Constant dragging or kinking can damage hose to the point where it becomes un-useable. Shorts in electric cable or leaks in hose can lead to environmental issues and other problems.
The type of reel you need is determined by two factors – what it’s holding (hose or cable) and how it will be used (live or storage).
Start with the hose or cable you’ll be using. The size, length, and type are the primary factors in selecting the proper reel for your job, but the quality of the hose or cable is just as important.
Live reels connect to your hose or cable, allowing fluid or current to pass through while still on the reel.
Storage reels wind up your hose or cable, but do NOT allow fluid or current to flow while still on the reel. The hose or cable must be taken off the spool of the reel to be connected and used.
Once you know what type of reel you need (hose vs. cable, live vs. storage), it’s important to understand the available options and your specific needs to ensure a perfect fit.
Hannay Reels offers a variety of options:
Before placing your order, please consider the following specifications for your cable or hose:
When space permits, select a reel with greater capacity than what is actually needed. This allows you to rewind with less care and keeps the hose or cable well protected, even if it is not wound in uniform coils. In most cases, the larger reel within the same series is the same price.
Visit the Hannay Reel Selector to start your search.
For a deeper dive into determining the right reel for you visit the Spec & Ordering Support page for cable and hose reel spec sheets and helpful videos to walk you through spec'ing your reel.
Our reels are used for applications across many industries – from agriculture and aviation to transportation and waste management. It helps to consider needs specific to your industry, as well as your intended hose or cable applications.
We have been manufacturing reels since 1933, and the hose and cable reels listed in our print and online catalogs are most in demand. But because our reels are assembled from a stock of standard components, we can customize a reel to your specific requirements.
If you have a need for an extremely large reel or complicated application Hannay Reels can help. Please visit The Custom Shop for more information on specialty reels.
If you can’t find a model that fits your needs, contact Hannay today to discuss your specific reel needs.