Wanted to get this thread started because there's lots of guys asking.
Overall, the Wanders High Heat Steelbraid has been my best selling solution hose ever and I go back over 12 years selling various solution hoses.
Almost all of my Tornado customers have switched over to Wanders High Heat. They tried it cuz I recommended they try it, plus the price - it's only half as expensive as Tornado - not a one of these guys has even had to reorder, but it's still fairly new, (only about 2 years oif history). It slides easier than Tornado. Plus it comes in several colors.
Schieffer Skinny is still popular, mainly because you can roll more of it onto the reel. Costs me more money to get it so I gotta pass it onto you but it has proven a good hose for a lot of cleaners for over 5 years now. Recently we went to an improved version called High Heat Skinny that is still 'skinny' so you can get a lot onto your reels plus it slides easier than the original Skinny. I highly recommend you guys give this 'new skinny' a try.
Like one Butler guy (who was reluctant) said,
22nd ... "Is this hose pretty close to the thin hose diameter that I have been buying? If it is much thicker it won’t be able to fit on our reels. I can fit 200 feet of the hose I have been buying."
later the same day he said ... "I tried two sections of hose on the reel. It works. Yahoo."
23rd "They look great. Should work well for us. The guys like how flexible it is."
Parker Parflex 1035HT is still a big seller; one of the most durable. Don't be fooled by its lower temp & pressure ratings; it's a tough hose. If you can get past that it handles poorly, too much memory (think monofilament fishing line), it's still a good choice. It is getting pricey though, another corporation passing its higher overhead down to the end users. I love it actually cuz it opens the door real wide for little guys like me to bring on competitive products, like my Cool Flex.
Cool Flex is still new but is gaining ground on Parker deservedly; so much so that I will have more made, Green this time as well as blue and grey.
One guy just asked...
"Looking for new solution hose. Had purchased Scheaffer hose from you some years ago, but it is worn out. I'm interested in the Cool Flex. It will be for my Butler unit, typically run at 400 to 450 PSI, not high heat, wrapped on the hose reel. My big question is durability first, how does it lay when working second. The Scheaffer hose was good though it did tend to wrap around my legs when working and at times seem to have a life of its own. Do I lose something from it not being steel braided? I wanted to call but I'm 3 hours ahead here on the east coast.
Thanks for any help and suggestions."
The new Skinny has a slick outer jacket that helps it slide easier.
Plus it’s high heat whereas Cool Flex is not. Cool Flex is a nylon braid hose more in line with Parker Parflex. You can search more on Cool Flex here to read what others think. Most signs indicate that Cool Flex will prove itself as a smart alternative to Parker but way too soon to say.
If you like live reels (Butlers) and you like rolling a lot of hose onto them then go with High Heat Skinny for it is skinnier than Cool Flex and still very high heat rated.
Thanks for asking.
Anyone else with hose comments feel free to post them here.