Assembly Video Demonstration for ELEY Model 1043

Standard Capacity - Two-Wheel Cart - Garden Hose Reel

Assemble ELEY Garden Hose Reel Two-Wheel Cart

In this video, the manufacturer demonstrates how to assemble an ELEY hose reel two-wheel cart. The video demonstration, closed captions, and detailed instructions on this page were created to provide additional clarification during the assembly process.

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Video Chapters

00:00 - Introduction
01:00 - Connecting Flanges
02:08 - Attaching the Crank Handle
02:53 - Attaching the Tires
04:20 - Attaching the Front Bumper
06:41 - Attaching the Handlebars
07:32 - Inserting the Inlet Hose & Placing the Drum and Hose Strap
07:44 - Installing the Cam-Lever Brake
08:00 - Attaching the Inlet Hose to the Swivel
08:50 - Attaching the Garden Hose to the Reel
10:10 - Reeling the Garden Hose onto the Hose Reel
10:35 - Adjusting the Tension of the Cam-Lever Brake
11:00 - How to Use the Cam-Lever Brake
11:22 - Close

Key Instructions and Takeaways from the Video


Warren Eley demonstrates the assembly process for ELEY garden hose reel two-wheel carts. Every hose reel comes with a very detailed step-by-step instruction manual. For best results, lay the box down before opening, open the end, then grab the cardboard sleeve and slide the parts trays out of the box.


The front flange and back flange are held together with three screws.

  • The front flange has three holes for attaching it to the back flange, a large opening for your garden hose, a rectangular opening for the hose strap assembly, and an extruded base for the crank handle.
  • The back flange is a solid flange with three equidistant pre-installed nuts for attaching it to the front flange.

Instructions: Attach the front flange to the back flange by aligning the holes with the pre-installed nuts. Use the hex key wrench and start threading the screws into the back flange. Do not tighten until all three are installed, then tighten firmly.


The crank handle is attached to the front flange.
  • Remove the pre-installed screw from the crank handle center post.

Instructions: With the front flange facing up, insert the crank handle post into the extruded base from above and insert the screw from below. Use the hex key wrench, tighten firmly.

After assembling the drum, take inventory of the parts needed to build the cart frame:

  • Front bumper
  • Left leg
  • Right leg
  • Frame Y
  • Tire spindles (2)
  • Push-pull handles/handlebars (2)
  • 10-inch rubber tires (2)


The same process is used to attached each tire to the right and left leg of the cart frame.

  • Each leg has a large hole on one side that will face outward from the frame.
  • On the opposite side, a small hole will face to the inside of the frame.
  • Remove screws from tire spindles by using the hex key wrench.

Assembly Tip: Installing the tire spindle in a horizontal position will ensure the tires perform properly.

Instructions: On the concave side of the tire, insert the tire spindle in the large hole with the wedge in the horizontal position. Use the hex key wrench to tighten down firmly. Repeat this procedure to attach the second tire to the other leg, then remove the long screw from each leg.


The same process is used to attach each side of the front bumper using the long screws (2) that were just removed from each leg.

  • Do not put the nuts on the screws after attaching the front bumper - this will be done after attaching the frame Y.

Instructions: Insert the front bumper in one of the legs, line up the vertical holes and insert the screw from the top down. Repeat the process with the other leg.


The assembled legs and front bumper now attach to the frame Y to become the base of the two-wheel cart.
  • Handlebar clamps (2) are rectangular.
  • Leg clamps (2) are tapered with the narrow end pointing upward.
  • Remove three pre-installed screws (3) and four clamps (4) before attaching the frame Y to the legs.

Assembly Tip: Use the built-in pocket on the clamps to hold the nut in place while unthreading the screw.

Instructions: Position the frame Y over the legs, then insert one of the leg screws through the frame Y and both holes in the leg. Insert the nut into the pocket of the tapered leg clamp putting the straight side of the nut into the pocket first, then finger tighten. Use the hex key wrench, but do not tighten firmly until both leg clamps are on.

Don't Forget: Now go back and put the nuts on the two screws that attach the front bumper to the legs and tighten firmly.


Attach the handlebars to the cart frame using the rectangular clamps (2) and the screw that was removed previously.

  • The handlebars are interchangeable.
  • Make sure the handle faces outward from the center of the cart.

Instructions: Insert the screw through a rectangular clamp, then the handlebar, then the frame Y. Then take the other handle and slide it onto the screw. Slide the second rectangular clamp over the screw, then place the nylon insert nut straight edge first and tighten them together until the nut is inside the pocket. Keep the nut inside the pocket and use the hex key wrench to tighten firmly.


The inlet hose will need to stay in place, fed through the axle far enough to attach to the swivel.

  • Insert the hose before placing the drum or hose strap.
  • Make sure the drum is pushed all the way on and the front flange is facing forward.

Instructions: Feed the male end of the hose through the axle until it just shows out the front. Next take the hose strap assembly and feed the nylon strap through the rectangular opening, pushing the assembly into place.



The inlet hose will thread into the port with the aluminum collar on the swivel.

  • The swivel can be rotated in either direction to make it easier to install onto the reel.
  • Make sure the O-ring gasket is in place before attaching the swivel.

Assembly Tip: Be sure to tighten the inlet hose firmly to prevent this connection from developing a leak. Use pliers to tighten more securely.

Instructions: Using a firm grip on the swivel's aluminum collar, attach it to the inlet hose. Then attach the swivel to the reel's axle. Make sure the hex head of the screw is facing up toward the opening in the front flange. Feed the hex key wrench through the opening in the flange to tighten the aluminum collar onto the axle of the reel.

Attaching the Garden Hose to the Reel

You can set up your hose reel for right-handed or left-handed rewinding. Position the stem of the swivel and feed the garden hose through the opening based on the direction you want to wind.