I bought the heavier of the Northern Tool reels. Biggest problem was the hose connection to the reel was the wrong angle and could not be made any better. Finally got a 45° brass m/f hose angle and installed it and this keeps the hose from kinking. I have 100 ft of black Goodyear garden hose on it and did have another 50 ft on it that I removed. Rewinding a long hose just about flips over the reel with the friction of the hose on the ground as you drag it in.