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Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.

Item # HN-AMES002

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Brand
NeverLeak, Ames
Capacity
225 ft.
Color
Bronze
Dimensions
18.5L x 24W x 20.7H in.
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Canada
Material
Plastic
Style
Stationary

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  • Designer Resin reel with scrollwork design
  • NeverLeak® water system
  • AutoTrack® quickly and evenly distributes hose
  • Easy-spin large matching crank handle
  • Holds 225 feet of 5/8-inch garden hose
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Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.
 
2.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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        1.0

        Light duty only. Use cautiously.

        By Deputy Dan

        from Bainbridge, OH

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        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Deteriorates
        • Difficult to Use
        • Unwieldy

        Best Uses

        • Lawn Maintenance

        Comments about Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.:

        (I have bought, installed, and used a total of six hose reels of this type: three of this model and three of the Suncast brand; all of which have 200'+ capacity; all of which have the hose tracking feature; all used by different people and in different circumstances, and up to 8 years of usage. As such, the following observations represent a lot of experience and more than one person's perspective.) Following are my observations: All-plastic construction except for the aluminum water pipe. The aluminum pipe is probably a good idea as the plastic pipe on one of the Suncast units failed. (To their credit, Suncast replaced it right away without question.) The housing is sturdy enough, but the working components - reel handle and hose guide especially - are of light-duty plastic; almost cheesy, given the high price. The handle has broken on one and the tracking device has broken on one. Owner's Manual instructions for use are grossly inadequate for actual use in real-world conditions. The housing must be anchored by the user or to a base (ground, pad, deck, etc.) if more than minimal length of hose is used; otherwise it moves around clumsily when you try to reel in the hose. The hose connection on the reel is at the wrong angle, so it puts stress on the hose right at the connection causing it to break eventually; even with heavy-duty, premium hose. You must unlock the hose tracking device prior to pulling out the hose; otherwise you'll strip or break the device if you pull the hose at anything more than a slight angle. When using the hose tracking device (locked position), you must make sure the hose is being reeled straight in, not at an angle; otherwise the hose tracking device may strip and/or break. That hazard increases with heavier and/or longer-length hose. I could go on, but those are the more important cautionary things. Other observations: Very limited access to hose reel and connection. The only open area is at the bottom, so you have to upend the unit to get at the reel - to disconnect or untangle the hose (a common occurrence if you're not very careful when reeling it in); so if you anchor the unit to keep it from going squirrely when you reel in the hose, that becomes a time-consuming task. The crank is on the left as you face the unit from the front, which would be fine if you're left-handed, except that you have to crank it clockwise to reel in the hose, which is awkward. If you're right-handed, it's awkward unless you crank while standing at the rear of the unit, which is also awkward if you want to keep your hose from kinking as it is reeled in through the hose tracking device. The Suncast crank is on the right as you face it, and it cranks clockwise, so you can manage the hose with your left hand while cranking comfortably with your right hand, which makes much more sense. I don't have time and patience to go over all the design flaws in this product; they're too numerous to mention here. It ought to be redesigned and beefed-up. In the meantime, I would recommend that you try to find a better product. Unfortunately, though easier to use, the Suncast product isn't built much better. For example, the crank handle broke on all three of mine (one had only 100 feet of light-duty hose!), and Suncast would not replace the crank. Shame on them, as I found out that it's a very common problem with that product. I ended up mending it with epoxy and installed a long bolt in the crank handle to reinforce it. It's worked flawlessly since. Now, if I can do that; why can't the manufacturer???? Bottom line: it's a short-term, light-duty product that works well enough if you use only short, light-duty hose, are very careful with the hose tracking device, and don't mind its awkwardness. Otherwise you'll end up frustrated and throwing it out after a season or two of use.

         
        1.0

        Damaged

        By Sharon

        from SONORA,CA

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              Comments about Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.:

              This may have been a great product, but it came broken. This was my first purchase from Hayneedle, so I am not impressed. Although, the issued was resolve quickly. Good Job on that.
              I will not reorder this product. It cane in no packaging whatsoever.
              The mailing labels were just put on the cart. That is probably why is was broken.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Junk

              By Checker

              from Stroudsburg, P A

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                • Difficult to Use
                • Unwieldy

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                  Comments about Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.:

                  The hose constantly tangles and is impossible to either pull out or reel back in. Do not waste your money or time on this one. No matter how painstakingly you try to keep the hose neat and straight it tangles. If I could i would give it. -5

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Appears to be a quality, well-built unit

                  By Walter

                  from Graford, Tx

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                        Comments about Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.:

                        Just received the hose reel unit. Looks great and feels like it is heavy duty and we look forward to using it. The unit was fully assembled when received and the hose hookups were easy and straight forward. Directions were provided and they were easy to follow. Connected the hoses to both the unit and the faucet, turned on the water and no leaks. Just what I wanted to see. The unit is attractive and sets well out front of the house.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Nice sturdy hose box

                        By Vicky

                        from LOUISVILLE,KY

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                              Comments about Ames NeverLeak Auto-Track Designer Series Hose Cabinet - 225 ft.:

                              I've been looking for a sturdy hose box for a while. So many a cheaply made. The connections are brass not plastic! Last two plastic connection boxes I had would pop off if the water pressure was very high. It was very easy to attach the hose and with the auto feed it was very easy to wind hose on reel. It is also very pretty . Nice bonus.

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