Ingeniously built with modern, puncture-proof tires, a front bumper, and cam brakes, the Eley Hose Reel Cart RapidReel #1043 is an outstanding, high-end garden hose reel cart. With the easy of mobility baked into the design of the Eley RapidReel 1043 cart, the cumbersome lifting of armloads of hose is a thing in the past. You can easily wheel the Eley RapidReel where you need it to go, and water all of your garden without difficulty.
Eley Hose Reel Cart Rapid Reel Review
The Eley Rapid Reel 1041 is a hose reel cart with built-in wheels, a two-handed handle, and a front stand. These special features enable users to easily move the hose reel along the patio, lawn, and garden — even in soggy or mucky conditions.
Depending on the configuration of your house and lawn, the Eley may be quite cost-effective, as it can do the same work as several fixed garden hose reels on different parts of the house. Additionally, the smart design and ease of use mean that using the Eley Rapid Reel #1041 Hose Reel Cart isn’t too difficult on your back!
This articles provides an in-depth look at Eley’s garden hose reel cart, its specs, features, and functions, and reviews it.
Key Features and Benefits
- Diecast Aluminum, Brass Swivel, Polyurethane Inlet Hose
- 10 Year, No Leak, No Break Warranty
- Flat Free; Turf Tread Tires
- 150 x 39 x 5/8 ID Capacity
- Hose & Nozzle Shown on Reel (The hose has and nozzle has to be installed)
Here’s a quick video illustrating the major features of the Eley Rapid Reel Hose Reel Cart 1043
Dimensions and Capacities
- Product Dimension 20″ x 20″ x 10.8″ inches
- Item Weight 33 pounds
- Hose Required 5/8” Hose Dimension (not included)
Full-packed with outstanding features, The Eley Hose Reel Cart #1043 surpassed its predecessors. We love the Eley 1041 Wall Mounted Hose Reel, and the 1043 garden hose reel cart expands on the 1041’s design for an even more robust unit.
No need to muscle your way through the mud when watering your plants!
The Eley Hose Reel cart has a similar modern, thoughtful design with puncture-proof tires and a soft painted aluminum frame which almost makes it worth displaying in the garden.
The design of the tires is also sleek and modern-looking, with options for two or four wheels depending on user needs. Though it functions like a cart, the 1043 looks quite elegant, and truly stands-out among other hose reel carts on the market.
The brass metal swivel is a nice accent that doesn’t rust. The flanges that make up the reel wheel keep the hose well-secured and well-organized. The whole package is simply very well designed.
With its easy-crank design, winding and unwinding the hose is easy, even for those who struggle with other hose reels.
Some users may find the absence of a hose guide to be an annoyance, but when properly used, it is not a problem.
Be sure to get the hose straight before starting to reel it in, and it will reel in properly. If it isn’t straight, you may run into trouble as you reel more and more onto the frame.
The RapidReel 1043 cart can be used on big gardens and farms, as it is easy to move around, and can hook up to any available spigot.
The hose does not kink easily when rolled back. And the cam brakes effectively lock the flange and the axle together to prevent the hose from unwinding itself.
Reel on Wheels
The wheel design on the Eley Hose Reel Cart is one of the best we’ve seen. The wheels have a small size and wide tread and are designed not to sink into muddy soil.
Additionally, they are filled with resin and cannot be punctured. There’s no need to inflate them, as they are solid and puncture free.
No need for cumbersome air pumps and compressors, these tires are reliable! They will neither rot nor melt under the heat of the sun and will last for years.
Eley is well known as one of the highest quality manufacturers of garden hose reel products on the market today. They guarantee 100% durability and strength of the materials used in the 1043 garden hose cart.
The couplings, swivel, metal bars, and connectors are made of powder-coated aluminum and do not rust. The hose fittings can connect with any hose made in North America and Europe.
The tires are relatively small so they cannot be used on very rugged terrain. Make sure that when the hose is not in use, the cam brake is properly locked tight to prevent the hose from unwinding.
Additionally, be aware that the cart looks appealing to little kids, and they might play with it and injure themselves. If you have little ones, it’s best to keep the Eley secured and out of their reach.
Domestic animals can also knock off the cart with brute force.
The assembly of the Eley RapidReel #1043 hose reel cart is quite simple, and typically takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
Using a wrench, simply connect the parts together using screws – no drilling is required. Make sure to attach the knob, cam break, and axle to the flanges. For easy tightening, put a small amount of oil into the aluminum coupler’s thread.
Finally, the hose and nozzle have to be installed.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The hose can easily be removed from the cart wheel to easily clean the hose and the cart. A simple cloth or pressure hose can remove soil dirt that sticks on the cart and the hose.
All the materials for the reel are included in the package, but you’ll need to pick up a garden hose. We quite like the Flexzilla line of garden hoses, if you don’t currently have a hose.
If you need an extra large hose to go on your hose reel, Eley sells an extra large capacity kit that enables up to 225′ of garden hose to be placed on the cart. Beware, though, that with all that hose, the cart becomes a bit more difficult to move!
The Bottom Line
Without a garden hose reel cart, watering your plants can be more like pumping iron, as you move around with the hose coiled on your shoulders!
With the Eley’s hose reel cart #1043, you’ll water your plants with very little effort, and very little wear and tear on your back! The Rapid Reel 1043 provides you an easy crank to coil your hose effectively and neatly, and a handy cart that goes where you need it.
You may also find yourself saving a bit of money by on garden hoses, as the Eley keeps everything organized and free from kinks, knots, and tangles.
The Eley Rapid Reel 1043 garden hose reel cart is an outstanding product, and one of the best garden hose reels available.