Heavy duty very convenient product
Posted November 19, 2014
This is my second cord reel. All my woodworking is done in the garage which means everthing must be movable. The cord reel is mounted in the middle of the garage ceiling and sees a zillion extend and retractions. The first cord reel lasted about three years when it developed a broken ground wire in the cable about six inches above the plug. This caused arching on the reel slip ring and tripped the 20 amp breaker. The replacement has been in use for about six months and works great. There is a warning placard on the side of the reel stating the cord should be fully extended when in use. I did not do this on the first reel and suspect that may have added to it's demise. When I took the old reel down I noticed extensive twisting to the upper five or six feet of the cord. The replacement reel is now fully extended when in use.
Great piece of Equipment
Posted October 5, 2014
Bought this to help clean up the shop floor and prevent accidents from extension cords running across the floor. Fits the bill perfectly. Mounted to ceiling with 20 Amp box - can reach nearly all my most used tools without difficulty. Very satisfied - we will see how well it holds up over time. So far, it is excellent.
Can't beat the features for the price
Posted September 29, 2014
Finding a 12 gauge cord in a retracting reel is not easy. I've had this one for several years and it's great. Just bought another one for my son-in-law. Beware of the 14 gauge models sold at Sears and other places; they don't deliver the full power you need for serious woodworking tools.