Groves debuts hand-powered LDH roller

The company is looking to incorporate a trailer hitch that will allow it to be pulled to the fire scene by a support vehicle


Draining and rolling a 5-inch supply hose after a fire is about as much fun as, well, draining and rolling a 5-inch hose.

Groves Inc., best known for its Ready Rack gear lockers, designed and built a four-wheel hose roller with a hand crank that allows one firefighter to drain and roll LDH in less time and with less effort than the old-fashioned way.

The unit measures about 4 feet tall, 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. It weighs about 90 pounds without hose. To make it work, a firefighter fishes one end of the hose through the double rollers and cranks the handle while pushing the cart toward the hose.

Photo courtesy Rick Markley
Photo courtesy Rick Markley

Groves President John Groves says a local fire department tried the unit during the design phase and liked it so much they didn't want to give it back.

The company is looking to incorporate a trailer hitch that will allow it to be pulled to the fire scene by a support vehicle. It is also collapses to fit in a truck bed or trailer. 

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