If someone were to tell you to assume the position for winding up an extension cord, what would you do? If your first instinct is to raise your non-dominant arm, bend it at the elbow, and get ready to loop the cable around and around between your elbow and the crook of your thumb, you’re not alone. But you’re also making things way to hard on yourself. Sure, the old “human cable reel” trick has worked fine for eons, but what if you could achieve a better outcome in seconds, without having to wrap yourself in cords? Like the idea? Thought you would. That’s why I’m about to introduce you to the Job Dog BuckReel®.
The BuckReel® is a cable and cord winder that stores extension cords, ropes, hoses, and holiday lights without letting them get tangled. That’s a lot more than most of us can say for the arm-winding technque, which, done correctly, results in “neat” bundles that magically start to self-knot the second you toss them onto a garage shelf. The unwinding is never pretty – but I digress. What I’m getting at is that it’s kind of nice to be able to just use a cable as soon as it’s unwound, instead of dealing with a wad of cords that looks like it’s been attacked by a mischievous Boy Scout with a third-degree black belt in knot tying.
The BuckReel® eliminates snarling because it wraps cords around an actual spool, the way nature intended them to be. But this isn’t a stationary spool that you need to physically wind your cables around. The BuckReel has a very cool design that incorporates a free-spinning hand grip inside the spool, and a stationary crank handle on the rim of the spool itself. To wind up cords, you just hold onto the inner grip with one hand, turn the crank with the other, and watch as your cable is spooled in no time. Once the winding has come to an end, you just store the entire BuckReel® until the cords on it are needed again – it’s equally at home on a shelf, or stacked two high in a 5-gallon bucket.