LARGE DIAMETER HOSE TOOL USERS MANUAL
Our hose tool is designed for use with 100 ft sections of 4 or 5 inch fabric or rubber covered large diameter hose with Stortz couplings. It sweeps the bottom of the hose as it is collected on the tool. Once rolled, the tool is moved to the rear of the fire apparatus where the hose section is then reloaded back onto the truck by unrolling off the tool. The primary benefit from this system is that, at no time, does the user have to lift or bend over to roll this 100 pound section of hose, thus reducing the risk of back injury.
Should you have any questions or concerns please call our technical support staff at (336) 508-3781.
LIMITATIONS OF THE TOOL
While the tool is very effective, it does have limitations to consider. The tool will not roll hose to be removed in rolled form for rack storage, rather it is designed exclusively for reloading hose directly back onto the fire apparatus after rolling. Some fire hose has a thick or stiff jacket that, when rolled, creates a larger diameter roll beyond the capacity of this tool. The tool is designed for use on pavement and may not work well on grass or gravel surfaces.
PREPARATION FOR USE
Our tool is designed for use with 4 and 5 large diameter hose. Hose will vary in width from one manufacturer to another so a one-time adjustment of the lower guide bars is necessary before use. Loosen the 9/16 hex nuts to move the right side guide in or out leaving a Ό space on each side of the hose. Periodically check the tire air pressure, always maintaining 30 psi.
The reel coupling receiver is adjusted to receive 4 or 5 hose couplings by removing or installing 2 rods.
Draining excess water from hose will allow a tighter roll and easier rolling effort. Extend the support stand by pulling the locking knob outward and tapping the stand upward which allows the stand to spring into position.
Align the tool at the end of the section. Lift the end of the hose by holding the coupling up and moving the tool underneath approximately 5 feet or so. Twist the coupling through the opening between the guide rollers, over the brush and UNDER the guide bar rollers.
With the operating lever in the neutral position, rotate the reel so the receiver is facing up. Pull the hose underneath the tool, bringing it up behind and into the reel. Now place the control lever in the (roll) position.
Before beginning to advance the tool, the slack in the hose MUST be removed. This is done by hooking a finger in the reel basket beside the hose coupling and holding the reel stationary while pulling the tool backward until the hose is taut. You are now ready to begin advancing the tool to collect the hose. Push the tool at a brisk pace initially, maintaining momentum. This momentum will carry through the middle (most effort) part after which it will again be easier to push.
When the end of the hose is reached, SLOW and allow the hose coupling to stop over the brush area. Holding the rolled hose, place the control lever in the neutral position and rotate the roll, twisting the hose up between the guide rollers so that it rests on top of the rollers. Push the control lever forward to lock the reel and the hose should be stable at this point.
If necessary, the tool with hose loaded can moved to a position at the rear of the fire apparatus for reloading. The hose is then reloaded by simply unwinding off the tool onto the apparatus. The reel brake should be released just enough to allow the hose to be pulled from the tool. If the reel brake is released too much, the hose can freewheel causing excess hose uncoiling.
FOLDING FOR STORAGE
The hose roller tool folds flat to help with storage options. The folded dimensions are 53 long, 23 wide and 10 high. The tool can be carried on first line fire apparatus, but due to space-sensitivity, they are often carried on air units, utility, and other vehicles that respond to working events. Specially designed compartment boxes with door are available for these tools.
TRACTION BELT ADJUSTMENT
If the traction belt slips or becomes loose, the tension pulley drawbar can be adjusted by removing the hairpin and rotating the yoke clockwise two turns to tighten the draw. Reinstall the hairpin and cotter pin and check the belt tension.
REEL BRAKE ADJUSTMENT
If the reel brake will not hold the rolled hose stationary when loaded, it can be adjusted. Using two ½ wrenches, loosen the rearward hex nut one round and tighten the front one to increase the brake for the reel.