I bought a Pope hose on a 2 way reel. It is ideal for what I wanted in my courtyard. However the tap attachment unscrews when the reel is moved around and the sprayer fitting cannot be adjusted from a full stream. Great idea, lousy cheap fittings
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $79.00.
Hose Pope BILLABONG
I bought this 15m POPE BILLABONG hose at BUNNINGS, which has Perma-fit connections and a 20 year warranty a few weeks ago. It has a good feel, soft and is 9 on the kink resistant scale. However, it is very flexible, like spaghett, getting twists and tangles in it constantly where I wanted to use it. I have a brass pre-fitted connector(also bought at Bunnings) that blow off as obviously the tolerance isn't right. I toyed with changing the tap fitting with a normal type to use their connector and have also purchase a new tap if the replacement ho...se is similarly affected. The overall frustrations with the the twists and the care putting it away wasn't what I was looking for, so returned it explaining what the issues were to the store man. He suggested a Pope BRUMBY, which was slightly more expensive that I will give a go. It is a bit stiffer as I hope it doesn't have the same issues, however it is little less on the kink scale. I had a misunderstanding of what was the kink scale was, and thought it had do with a twist scale. However, it has to do with getting permanent kinks in the hose and nothing to do with twists. I was always buy premium hoses, but am prepared to look at other solutions. With a number of hoses around the property, Ive found the NYLEX Triple Flex has given me good service so far. In this case of the POPE BILLABONG wasn't fit for purpose, and appreciated BUNNINGS for assisting me with a replacement. Lets hope it works out!
Garden hose not good due to curling and kinking
It was the most expensive 12 mm dia garden hose at Bunnings ($135 for 35m length) and had a kink resistance of 10. When the hose receives water pressure, it curls up and kinks like a dying tiger snake. When the water pressure is released, the hose uncurls. The hose is too soft and flexible, and is like a rubber band. It is no good as a garden hose as you are always fighting the curls and kinks. I have scrapped mine (bought Sep 2017).
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