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#4784174 - 06/11/18 06:35 PM Cord reels from Northern Tools
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
I see cord reels that are similar for $70 and $250. Both 12/3 and close to same length.

What's the difference.
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#4784231 - 06/11/18 07:19 PM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
links would help.

I know some of the more expensive air hose reels were not nearly as nice as my flexzilla.

same probably holds true for electric.
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#4784237 - 06/11/18 07:29 PM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 09/25/04
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Just a guess, copper vs aluminum?
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#4784278 - 06/11/18 08:14 PM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 11/13/12
Posts: 2441
Loc: Nowthen, MN
The $70 one is Ironton brand. This is their cheap line, basically equivalent to Harbor Freight. The $250 one is Strongway brand, designed more for commercial/industrial use.

I got the $70 one a couple weeks ago, seems more than adequate for my needs. Already been getting lots of use from it, definitely better than having cords all over the floor.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200660257_200660257

I also picked up this air hose reel at the same time. It's working great so far too.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200658818_200658818

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#4784332 - 06/11/18 09:02 PM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
Stevie Offline


Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 182
Loc: Port Aransas, TX
I've had one of these "Wonder Winders" for years. No more tangled up extension cords. You supply extension cord, mine is 150ft. Used for electric edger, leaf blower, and pressure washer. Friends saw it and also bought some. I think it is one of the best inventions ever.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200610485_200610485





Edited by Stevie (06/11/18 09:04 PM)

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#4784644 - 06/12/18 08:17 AM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 09/30/13
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Loc: Indiana
The difference between a $70 reel and a $250 reel is the quality.

I would personally recommend Reelcraft.
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#4785497 - 06/13/18 06:25 AM Re: Cord reels from Northern Tools [Re: Donald]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
I have read that the cheap things about extension cords and cord reels I assume are the molded ends. Even the Ironton one is 12/3. Replacing a molded end with a heavy duty one should not cost that much.

$250 is a lot for an extension cord on a reel.
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