Dramm Brass Hose Swivel (13852): Product Review
A useful item that helps prevent your hose from tangling or kinking.
My village, like many others, imposes a strict sprinkling schedule. But hand watering is allowed at any time so I hand water more often these days. But that hose—it tangles and twists and I always seem to be wrestling with it as I move from spot to spot. It would be so much easier without that hassle.
Using a Dramm 13852 Brass Hose Swivel
So what’s a hose swivel? It’s a simple-looking connector that can be placed between the sprayer nozzle or sprinkler and hose, between two hoses, or between the hose and spigot.
What makes it special is that the two ends rotate (or swivel). One end can turn clockwise while the other end turns counter-clockwise, meaning that the hose doesn’t get twisted or kinked as you move the hose or attachments around.
After disassembling the old connector and replacing the washers, I recommend lubricating both the garden hose end and the sprayer nozzle with silicone lubricant/sealant before installing the hose swivel. I use Magic Lube II—it’s water and corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly. It fills the screw threads so that potential leaks are prevented and makes it easier to remove items.
Tightening the swivel onto the hose and nozzle is easy. But note that while the large brass nuts are simple to grasp with a pair of pliers, it does require some torque to get it all the way on.
Using the Hose Swivel
Just use your hose and attachments as you normally would. The big difference is that the hose swivel allows you to easily move the attachments independently of the hose, preventing kinks and tangles. This is especially helpful when using wide-diameter hoses (3/4”) or for anyone with limited hand mobility.
It also comes in handy as a sprinkler-hose connecter, making it easy to level the sprinkler or handle it when you’re changing its location.
A hose-to-hose connection is also valuable when moving the hose quite a distance. And adding the connecter between the spigot and the hose makes it easier to wrestle a hose in the direction you want it to go without having to twist and untwist it.
Some gardeners find that the swivel is rather tight so doesn’t turn easily. A little lubricant may help with this.
The Dramm Brass Hose Swivel features a L-I-V-E swivel that rotates from side to side. A possible improvement that I’d like to see is a connecter that swivels in all directions so the gardener has the freedom to move side to side, up and down and all variations within.
Built to Last
Right off the bat, when you pick up this product, you immediately feel its heft. The 6-oz heavy-duty Dramm Brass Hose Swivel is built in the USA and is machined from brass bar stock known for its durability. It comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Editor’s Note: I’ve used a Dramm swivel for about a year and have had no problems of any kind, including no leaks. And that’s in a city known for incredibly hard water where hose nozzles and irrigation parts usually clog up and/or fail quickly.
I feel that the greatest use for the hose swivel is for hand watering with a hose-to-sprayer nozzle connection. If you’re like me, hand watering involves wrestling with the heavy hose to remove the kinks and coils that inevitably occur. Now, hand watering becomes a pleasure again when you add the Dramm 13825 Brass Hose Swivel connecter.
Where to Buy
The Dramm 13852 Brass Hose Swivel is available for about $30 on Amazon and other online vendors. It can also be found at Sears for $46. Note that some connecters do not have the word S-W-I-V-E-L imprinted even though the item number is the same.
Now over to you – Have you tried a hose swivel or anything similar? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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