When it comes to gardening, and you're in a medium to large home with a large garden, one of the worst aspects I find of getting my garden to grow with fresh water is getting the water to the garden without constant extension hoses. One of the aspects that my parents had when they first bought their home was a 50 metre auto release hose that came with the house, and with which it could travel around the whole perimeter with excess cabling. The beauty to the design was the integral reel winder that had already been bolted to the garage wall. This was a new function to them particularly as they had bought the house in the 1950's. Over the years though, our reliable green ribbed garden hose began to fray and bend before eventually snapping and the question of a compact hose from a reel came as a saviour in the form of a Hozelock 20 metre garden hose - a product purchased as far back as 1995 and from QVC at a cost price of a rather hefty (back then) £35.00 The current product by Hozelock is the same product but now costs a much better value of £20 to £25. It comes pre-assembled with the only additional assembly being connection taps fitted, of which you already get in the box.
Nar2's Quick Skip Product Spec
- Prices £20 to £25 (2011 year, Tesco are charging £20!)
- Enclosed box with 20 metres of hose & ability to independently stand.
- Comes with 1 spray nozzle, 2 hose connectors, 1 water stop, 1 tap connector, threaded.
- Thick PVC plastic, carry handle and Easy reel winder.
- Weight 4kg.
- Very little assembly required unlike the 2471 model!!
The beauty of this product is that it matches a lot of the design input that Hozelock have already put into a lot of their other ranges, and although not the most expensive by price, the 20-metre hose box is second in line from the starter product packages you can buy in terms of a hose being completely built into a easy to swivel release hose box - a fact that I didn't know about until I discovered Hozelock's UK website, whereupon there are dozens of different types from auto release hoses to ones like this; a manual release hose. Starter manual reel boxes start at 15 metres and finish up at 25 metres in this type of design - a squarish thick bright green PVC box with an opening where a thick yellow PVC and metal/flexible rubber mix hose can be found and where Hozelock's excellent universal push to lock & release two way water dispersal tap is already fitted. In the box from new, there are 4 different connectors; a threaded tap connector for garden taps to screw onto, 2 garden hose connectors and a water stop connector A dispersal connector is already fitted to the end of the hose that allows you to use the hose for a variety of different spray methods from a mist, spray or direct jet. Even if the water pressure that feeds from the external tap in your home may have a low water pressure - the connecters are easy to fit thanks to the quick push in push out turnable dial on the taps themselves and to the side of the extension box you'll find a handy snub that allows one connector to store when not in use.