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Post by milspec6 on Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:50 pm

I had another gorgeous 70 degree day here in the Midwest....never expected to say that in February, so I was out working on getting equipment cleaned up and ready to go. Today's task was washing my vac hoses.

I have the Hydro-Force Hoser tool (the second model that fits larger cuffs) and was set to clean 500 feet worth of hoses. I use this tool often, but only for about 100 feet of hoses on most occasions, so today was a workout and I learned a few things along the way.

First, if you have any dried mud on the hose, wipe it off first with a rag. Running the hose through the tool with dried mud works okay, but if you pull too fast and miss some, there is no pushing the hose back through unless you start all over again. That part sucks as I had one hose with some dried mud and some with Peacock dung on it and it took 3 full passes to get it clean.

Second, the hoses don't come out very dry. I had the vacuum on full power and the solution spray only at 200 psi, but even going slow, the hoses were dripping when they came out. I still had to dry them off with a rag prior to placing them back on the reel so they didn't take on a stagnant water smell. If I had more time, I would probably have hung them up in the sun to dry, but I had other things on the schedule.

Third, you have to hold the tool while you pull the hoses and you need to pull pretty hard. After about 300 feet, my shoulders were complaining. With two people, this could be a quick and painless process, but kind of sucked doing it solo.

Fourth, I ended up with several scrapes on my left hand due to the sharpness of the hose entry point. You have to push the hose pretty forcefully to get the hose cuffs to slide through it and then when it clears, your hand strikes the opening on the tool with the sharp plastic.....after about the fourth time, the blood started to flow. I guess gloves would have been a good idea, but I was reckless.

I now have squeaky clean hoses again, but I am also convinced that there is major room for improvement with a tool like this. Looking at the design, I would suggest the following:

1. Multiple jets in the tool to hit the hoses from several directions instead of the one.
2. Make the tool longer and add a second vacuum port so there is a longer drying phase.
3. Design a holder for the tool....maybe one that attached to a trailer hitch or something.
4. Roll the edges on the entry opening or pad it to prevent scrapes


Anyway, the task is done and the tool is probably the best option out there right now, but there is room for improvement. Maybe even a stand-alone machine like a dishwasher that you can run the hoses through at the end of the day would be nice.
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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by dp1 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:34 pm

When I thought about getting one of these to clean my hoses last year I thought about getting it done and I envisioned myself having the same issues you described if I were to do it by myself, that's why I decided not to get one, I would say it's going to work if you use an automatic reel, otherwise a second person would almost have to be there.
I'm surprised it only has 1 jet, I would think there will be at least 2 or 3, wow, I'm glad I didn't get one cause I think hosing it down on the ground would do the job just fine which what we've been doing when the vac hoses got muds on them.
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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by milspec6 on Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:43 am

I don't think the electric reel would have helped either since you would be rolling up soaking wet hose. It isn't a bad idea nor a terrible tool, but it just needs a little more "user-friendly" engineering.
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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by JoeClark on Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:28 am

Depends on how much you're using it, you could get a custom made one.

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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by Mo on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:49 pm

I have this special high tech tool for cleaning hoses. I use a wet cotton pad and wrap it around my hose as im reeling it in. I'll be selling them on this site soon. Stay tuned Money Pile
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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by dp1 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:38 pm

Sooo excited ! I can't wait Mo ! Rocking Chair
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:44 pm

I have seen similar things sell in this industry. You just need a dozen paid forum members shills to talk about how it is the greatest thing in the world and let them post several pictures about how it makes them tons of cash.
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Post by dp1 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:02 pm

Yup, not that it will ever happen in this forum wink
Especially not on Mo's "magic" hose cleaner laughing
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:57 pm

Maybe if he had a great slogan like: "Get hosed by Mo" then it has potential. Rolling Eyes
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Re: Cleaning Hoses

Post by Mo on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:43 pm

You guys just ruined it for me.

" Get hosed by Mo" laughing
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Post by Freemind1 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:47 pm

If anyone other than Mo's wife uses that line, that would be gettin weird....

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