Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 4 years ago
Generally, the toughest hoses are the red ones - much more durable than the typical green ones.
Usually, the red ones are manufactured for farm & industrial use, while the green ones are designed to 'not stand out' in the home garden. One is commercial grade, while the other is designed for home use.
Goodyear even makes a (red one) designed for hot water (up to 190* F).
Kinking is the biggest killer of hoses, and hoses kink because most people coil them up wrong.
When you coil up a hose, you should lay down one loop, then while holding up the hose where the loop ends, feed in the next loop in the opposite direction. Do this all the way, alternating the direction of the loops. If every loop is the same direction, the next time you stretch the hose, each loop will create half a kink. If you have 20 loops, you will end up with 10 kinks - and these tend to become permanent. If you have coiled the hose using the alternate direction looping, the first loop will still create half of a kink, but the next loop, in the opposite direction, will create a half kink in the opposite direction, thus erasing the first half kink.
This technique will more than double the life expectancy of the hose, and save you hours of frustration during the life of the hose.
I would also be cautious of brass, unless it is lead free. I would not use PVC Do it's many additives and health risks. Here are a few of them that have been linked to PVC; birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births and early puberty in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems.
For semi-permanent use outdoors, I've found that ordinary black plastic irrigation tubing....the heavier, more rigid kind usually used with emitters, lasts as long or longer in the sun than anything else, and is certainly cheaper. I've used it multiple times for solar hot showers.....just a 50-100 foot coil set in the sun, with plastic over it in cold weather. Never had one get brittle or leak except at a joint. The shower water didn't smell at all, after the little bit of water ran out from the rubber hose that connected the coil to the showerhead. The problem is that such hose can't be moved easily or coiled, etc, without crimping.
Flex-Tech RTW hose is heavy duty thermoplastic PVC hose. Most thermoplastic hose companies have done away with the lead and are now moving towards eliminating phthalates from their product. Even though phtalates have not been completely proven to cause cancer and other effects, there are several articles putting it under fire for potential. Flex-Tech is heavy duty yet lightweight because it is not rubber. It does very well in the ozone and all types of weather. It won't mark your hands or your driveway either. It is all made in the US as well. www.flextechhose.com Two of their distributors are www.austinhose.com or www.rrproducts.com However, if you want to be completely safe from worrying about your kids drinking from the hose you may want to try out a marine/RV water hose as it is NSF 61 certified and lead and phthalate free.
Sears "Craftsman" hoses have a lifetime warranty. I have several that I have been using here in southern Arizona for over 10 years and they are still in great condition. This includes a couple that are left out in the sun year round. They aren't cheap however.
Now I'm not sure how much longer Sears will continue to honor their "Lifetime" warranty, they seem to have gone down hill on many things since they merged with K-mart. On the other hand, honoring a warranty isn't an issue if it never fails.
My opinions are barely worth the paper they are written on here, but hopefully they can spark some new ideas, or at least a different train of thought
posted 1 year ago
Financially Sears is in trouble. It has been for a while according to some Linked In articles I've read. And if I am correct Craftsman may have been bought out as well. So I would expect some quality issues in the meantime...