Which extension cord reel for garage?
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I had a harbor freight 12g extension cord reel that worked well until the spring to retract it broke.

I'd like to stay under $100 and 12g is a minimum
25 feet of useful length would be fine although more is better.

What do you have that you like?

Duke
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#12
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
I have the one from Rockler and have used it years. So far so good.
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#13
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
Several years ago I purchased 2 cord reels from Northern Tool and mounted them on my shop ceiling. While I don't use them every single day, they seem to work well and have held up. They are extremely handy.
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  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
I bought mine at HD several years ago and mounted it to the ceiling and it has worked well.
George

if it ain't broke, you're not tryin'
Quando omni flunkus, moritati.
Red Green

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  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
funny thing about these questions is that if someone bought an inexpensive reel 5-10 years ago and it has worked well, the same item is probably no longer available or has changed in some significant way.  Someone gave me a couple of reels 5 years back, and I would like another for my basement shop.  Not looking seriously yet though
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#16
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
$150 bought a demo Roboreel Ceiling model from their site. I like them. They slow down at a distance you set so they do not whip when self retracting and transitioning from floor to vertical.

I also have a Reelcraft from ebay and it is nice.

But both were more than $99 so it may not matter.


Glad its my shop I am responsible for - I only have to make me happy.

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#17
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
I have looked at the roboreels, and just can’t bring myself to pay their new prices.

I found a 12g 40 foot on sale at northern tool thats almost identical other than color to the harbor freight model.

I bought it and mounted it if it lasts more than 5 years I’m going to call it a good buy.

I also pulled the cord out of the broken harbor freight reel and put an end on it to have another 12g extension cord.

On an a somewhat related note, it seems to me that this forum was more active 10 years ago,

Thank you all for your replies

Duke
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#18
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
It was much more active 10 years ago. There’s only a fraction of us left. Most people prefer to offer bad advice in Facebook and YouTube these days.
-Marc

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  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
participation goes down every time the certificate expires and doesn't get fixed for a day.  I think a lot of people decided to give this place a rest after the last one.
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#20
  Re: Which extension cord reel for garage? by JDuke (I had a harbor freig...)
I like to think we have quality over quantity.
Big Grin
Mark Singleton

Bene vivendo est optimum vindictae
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