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Looking for an electric cord reel for snow blower

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Looking for an electric cord reel for snow blower

I was thinking about buying a cordless snow blower, however I already have a wired electric one and it works fine. The only issue is the mess with the wire and I thought I could maybe solve for this if I mounted an electric cord reel with a tension coil. I am having a hard time finding a reel that will keep gently pulling all the time (optional: until manually locked), as opposed to pulling only after you pull a little bit from your end. Any idea what reel has this feature or how I could find one?
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Maple
Problem is cold weather, cord gets hard.
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Oakville
teoconca wrote: Problem is cold weather, cord gets hard.
You can get cords that stay pliable in the cold. Plus the high power usage will warm up the wire. The bigger problem is being limited to 15A on a standard outlet. The blower isn't going to be very strong.
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East Gwillimbury
You want a 12/3 SJTW rated extension cord. These are heavy duty 12 Gauge cords rated for sub zero temperatures and will remain pliable.

Available in 50 or 100 feet
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Haha ok guys this is super helpful but what about the reel with a spring that I was describing
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The problem with those spring loaded cord reels is any slight accidental pull will trigger a retraction and likely this happens when you don't want it to and trying to futz around with it while snow blowing....it's not advisable IMO.

What typically happens is you pull out enough slack for your entire driveway and when you're done you pull and get it to auto-retract...but if you're going to pull out that much slack, you might as well not get auto retractable.

I have one of the auto-retract garden hoses and I pull out as much as I think I need. When I'm finished, I get closer to the reel and give it a tug to auto-retract...I clean the hose as it gets retracted by letting it run thru my hand and cloth.
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Toronto
I have an auto retract reel however agree I wouldn't recommend for this use. I use mine for working around the garage itself, small drills and such and I do start my stationary snowblower electric start before I disconnect and do my driveway. My bigger heavier tools like my miter saw I use regular plugs on my bench, do not need the cord retracting by accident and having an injury due to that.

These cord reels are generally only 35 to 50 feet, usually not long enough for extensive distances, more small areas.

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