|Item Weight||6.8 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||12.6 x 12.5 x 11.7 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||RAP100|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Quick Winder RAP-100 Electric Cord and Fiber Optic Cable Reel
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- Reel and pail cord storage
- Winds and stores power cords, coaxial cable, air hose and rope
- Walls mounts included for accessibility and storage
- Stackable design for convenience
- Rugged material offers durability
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Here is a simple, inexpensive way to eliminate tangled cords, reduce work-site hazards and save time and money! The Quick Winder RAP-100 by Reel-A-Pail Inc. easily winds power cords, coaxial cable, air hose and rope. Versatile - hand carry or mount to walls, decks, etc. It's rugged, durable and very efficient. Compatible with other Pail organizing Products. Stackable for convenient storage and comes in 3 convenient sizes. Holds 50 feet of 5/8-inch, 100 feet of 1/2-inch, 125 feet of 3/8-inch, 150 feet of 5/16-inch and 500 feet of 1/4-inch outside diameter material. Cord not included.
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If you don't need a heavy duty cord (like the one that is suggested to be purchased with it), you can actually wind 200' onto the reel if you are careful about how you do it. First, you can put 10' or more into the section on the top (I'd strongly recommend doing this with the male end). Then, as you feed the rest of the cord in with the winder, guide it toward the top of the spool initially so that the female end of the cord is closer to the bottom. This will not only keep it from tangling inside the winder (which I had problems with at first), but will make it easier to feed out a smaller amount when you don't need the whole length.
As for drawbacks, other reviewers have commented on these, so I won't belabor them, but unless you anchor this down somehow (which I haven't tried) you can't expect to have it feed the cord out gradually as you need it -- it will flop over, stop feeding out, and possibly pull the plug out of the outlet if you pull too hard. You really do need to hold it down with your foot and pull out the amount of cord you need by hand before starting your job.
For some reason I thought it would be the size of a 5 gallon bucket, but I was happy to see it is smaller, at roughly 1 square foot. It comes fully assembled, made in the U.S.A., and more importantly it works like a champ. It quickly and easily rolled up all 100' of cord very quickly. I'm so impressed with the quality and ease of use I'm thinking of buying another one to tame the air hose on my compressor. It is an added bonus that you can store these in a corner and they are also stackable to help save floor space in your garage.
Here's what I found:
(1) This product takes muscle to use. It is shear force that winds the cords up. There are no ball bearings, metal spindles or anything too technical on this product. The pros on that is that their are less parts to break. The cons are that you got to have some muscle behind you to use it. Especially when using this on a 50+ foot cord. Quick Winder RAP-100 Electric Cord and Fiber Optic Cable Reel
(2) The handle has a design flaw. The handle is a bolt with a round style turn knob. The problem with the design is that it is drilled into plastic. Since you are using shear force ( see above) to turn the winder the handle will eventually fail. Mine failed after 6 months of use. Lightly using it 2-3 times a week. Without the handle the winder is useless and although I would consider myself "hands-on skilled" for the life of me, finding another method to attach a handle that has to bear weight and force with only plastic to drill or attached to has left my quickwinder a dead pail that I dread trying to use.
In short, I am a handyman by trade and this product is better suited to a homeowner. This is not for a professional.
Some other devices have more convenient features, but this one has the best execution. It allows you to leave several feet at the top of the bucket so you can easily plug in your cord regardless of how much has been unwound. But you can't leave it plugged in while unwinding, or unwind conveniently without stepping on a corner. That can make your position less than ideal, but hardly a problem. Overall, these are not weaknesses but trade offs.
The bottom line is that there's simply no other solution I've found for large and thick cords, and not only can this handle the task, but it can handle it with ease. The one reservation I had was that it might end up being like a hose reel where you may have to distribute things evenly to get things to work, but this device proved otherwise. A consistently easy cranking is all it takes from one end to the other.