Best Retractable Extension Cord Reel

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Best Retractable Extension Cord Reel

For years I worked as a cabinet maker, and as you can imagine, I used extension cords all the time.  I used them in the shop.  I used them out on the job site.  I used them every day. And during all of those years, I never once owned or even used a retractable extension cord reel.  Not one time.

Now I’m out of the cabinet business, but I still have a wood shop at home. As a matter of fact, I just built a new pole building to expand my wood shop out a little bit. And now that I’m starting over, I’ve decided that I’m going to do it right and install retractable extension cord reels in my new shop.

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Why Retractable Extension Cord Reels?

Easy and Fast Cleanup

What set me on the hunt for the best retractable extension cord reel is the fact that I don’t want extension cords lying all over the floor in my shop.  At the end of the day, when I’m done working on my project, I want cleanup to be as fast as possible.


In addition to fast and easy shop cleanup, having a retractable extension cord reel, or two, or three will help keep the shop, garage or any work space for that matter,significantly more organized.

When I have multiple extension cords rolled up and hanging on the walls or tucked underneath a workbench, they’re not always easily found.  I may store the cord in one place one day, and the next tuck it in another.  Now, of course I know there are those of you out there that always have a place for each item in your shop.  Well, I’m not that guy.  And having a retractable extension cord reel is going to improve the quality of my life.  Ok, at least my shop’s life.

The Best Retractable Extension Cord Reel

Reelworks CR605131S3 cord reel

best retractable extension cord reel

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The Ironton Retractable Cord Reel features a 40 ft., 12AWG/3C SJT, triple Tap cord that allows you have power when and where you need it.

The Spring driven retractable feature with latch keeps the cord where you want it when in use and quickly store it away when finished.

Impact resistant Polypropylene case with attached swivel bracket can be attached to walls or ceilings helping you keep electrical cords out of the way when not in use.

The 40 ft 12/3 SJT 15 amp electrical cord is included.



The Ironton Retractable extension cord reel is the reel I am planning on buying for my shop.  I will probably purchase two of them.  If mounted in the middle of my shop, the 40 foot extension cord will be able to reach both ends of the shop. This feature as well as the features I listed above make the Ironton the best retractable extension cord reel in my opinion.

Which extension cord reel do you use?  Let me know.  Leave a comment below.


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