The nozzle of your hose plays an important role: to control and manipulate the pressure, speed, direction, and flow size and shape of the liquid being expelled from your hose. So, when you’re looking for a hose nozzle, you might think your options will be easy and that just about any nozzle will do for your application. Wrong.
Selecting the correct hose nozzle for the job is more imperative than one might realize. You’ll discover why below.
The feel and weight of a nozzle can make it difficult to use, even limiting for some individuals.
Although it’s not the primary deciding factor when selecting a hose nozzle, the way a hose nozzle feels and how heavy it is when it is held can make a big impact regarding how you’re able to utilize your hose.
A nozzle that’s too heavy to carry or one that requires a lot of manual pressure in order to apply/change the water flow of your hose can not only limit your ability to successfully use and maneuver your hose as necessary but can actually be physically limiting for some folks. This is especially true for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or certain neuromuscular disorders. These conditions may make it especially hard to use certain types of nozzles and may even worsen such conditions if the wrong nozzle is used.
The material of your hose nozzle makes a world of difference.
Hose nozzles come in a variety of materials from different types of metals to various plastics. Not only do materials affect the feel and weight of your nozzle, but the nozzle’s durability and life span, care required, and price can also be impacted by material alone. It’s also important to note that metal is more influenced by temperature and tends to be heavier, making it more difficult to hold for an extended period of time, especially for important applications like firefighting.
Your application may depend on a certain type of nozzle and only that type.
No two types of nozzles are exactly alike and, thus, some are more applicable for certain jobs more than others. For instance, a wand nozzle is great for watering plants, particularly hanging plants. However, this type of nozzle would be counterintuitive for fighting a fire, which is why there are special fire nozzles designed specifically for the job.
In addition, the method of use and type of spray vary with different nozzles, greatly affecting how applicable it is for a certain applicable. That said, it’s imperative to never settle on a nozzle that doesn’t provide the ideal operation technique of your nozzle (e.g., twisting the nozzle, pulling a lever, etc.) or doesn’t offer the right pressure or specific spray settings you would best benefit from.
At ASJ Industrial Hose & Fittings, we offer a wide range of different hose nozzles, among other hose accessories as well as hoses themselves. We’re dedicated to providing America with the best selection of hose supply in the nation, all for a fair price.
Inquire us about our hose supply by calling us at (951) 735-1351. We’re looking forward to providing you with the information and products you need!