...that some company will take the concept behind the XHose or FlexibleHose (ďAs seen on TVĒ) and make a similar hose using quality materials. I purchased a 100í (actually 2-50 footers) FlexibleHose and it is the best thing since sliced bread for pulling around a yard and watering plants in areas where the sprinkler system doesnít reach. The problem is that it is so cheaply made that I donít foresee it lasting for much longer than maybe six months of use. After I purchased it I immediately replaced the cheap plastic connecters with brass or zinc ones from HD. I imagine that there is a huge market for such a cool and easy to use hose. Developers and licensors, are you paying attention?
I have seen the commercials and wondered how the quality was. At the moment I have 2 sets of 100' long high quality 1/2" diameter hoses, which are on self winding reels (powered by the water). I paid over $75 each for the hoses online and they have been worth every penny! I think this is where I got them- http://www.factorydirecthose.com/site/932652/product/PUR-12x75-GH
I have had them about 7 years now and they are like new!
I am learning that some things ARE worth what you pay for them...especially with the gardening tools and equipment.
Which is why I've stopped spending $20 a pop for those plastic sprayers that stop working after 3 applications. I've bought at least 3 in the past 2 years. This year I bought an all metal one with brass fittings that won't break. Every part on it is replaceable, and it should last the rest of my lifetime. $70.
I'm in your camp which is why I'm hoping that someone will come out with a better version of the FlexibleHose that most likely will cost more but Iím okay with that. In the meantime, I may try the 100í long, Ĺí " hose that JoParrott linked to along with the automatic rewinding reel from HD which sound like a good alternative, at least until I get around to installing drip irrigation in my raised beds. On the matter of sprayers, I started buying Dramm sprayers a year or so ago. They cost a little more, but they seem to be made better and have a lifetime guarantee. Now I have 3 Dramm sprayers all of which leak, even after using plumbing tape. I havenít figured out yet how to exercise their lifetime guarantee, whether I go back to the retailer where I purchased them but more likely will have to send them back to Dramm (and pay the postage) for replacements. Any suggestions for the brand of a good quality sprayer?