One nice way of organizing your extension cords is with the use of an extension cord reel. Cord reels can help you organize that spaghetti-like mess of extension cords you may have in your garage, into a nice easy to manage and easy to use solution. If you're like me, you probably heard about a cord reel from your neighbor, or saw one on a TV show. Before you go out and buy one, it's best to know which kind will suit your needs best. There are many types and each has its own specific advantages and features, I've listed the main ones below:
These would be the kind of reels that you simply spin as the cable winds by itself onto or into a reel. These are definitely one of the most well known and most affordable in the marketplace. In addition, they're the simplest to use. We recommend these for the 50 ft extension cable you use along with your leaf blower, or other tool you may find in your garage.
These reels are the sort that you wind the cord around by hand. These are used like the old hand and elbow technique. These are the cheapest on the market. They're helpful in organizing your cable, although not the easiest reel to use.
Wall mounted reels are very durable and can be mounted to a work bench or wall. They are more expensive because they're more of a higher end type of reel. These are quite useful within a garage and can wind lengthier cord. Because these mount to a wall, don't use these if you're planning on bringing your cable with you anywhere, they're not portable.
These reels wind the cable right into a huge bucket that may simply be transported. These work well for long and different gauges of extension cords, but may also wind many kinds of materials, like audio cable.
This is the very best type of reel in my opinion, although they are typically more expensive. Retractable or spring loaded reels wind themselves. When you are finished with your project, just give a tug on it and the reel self winds. Don't worry, there is a self-lock mechanism that prevents it from winding during use. These reels make a fantastic addition to any garage or wood working shop,