Craftsman 30 ft. Cord Reel, Retractable with Incandescent Work Light 73918
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Craftsman strikes...or lights...again: Incandescent Work Light
Jun 30, 2003
Review by GuisBuild
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:easily accessible, swivels, hangs, mountable
The Bottom Line: Nice addition to a shop or for a mechanic.
Recommend this product?
Mountable Cord Reel A retractable cord unwinds and rewinds unto a mountable cord reel. The included hardware and reel set-up allows for mounting to either wall or, my personal preference, ceiling. Even when dangling from ceiling, gravity has not taken its toll and the light stays put unless pulled into action.
Per literature, the reel is also equipped with circuit breaker protection.
Bulb With Guard The yellow bulb guard, first and foremost, reminds me that I have this light hanging from the ceiling. I like to think that I'm always on top of my game, but come 1am and I'm still inhaling sawdust, I may start cussing because I can't find a work light. The bright yellow guard does more than guard the bulb - it guards a bit of my sanity as well.
That said, the incandescent bulb (included) is guarded by coated metal - defending the unit against rust and further protecting the bulb itself. The guard slides for easy bulb replacement and comes complete with a hook for hands-free use.
Cord The 30 foot cord is more than long enough for this application (that is, for a light attached to a stationary wall or roof). My black cord is 16 gauge and even rated for very cold weather.
I'm no mechanic. In fact, though I like my wife to think I could fix our vehicles "if only I had the time", it's simply not the case. I didn't have a dad or big brother to learn from and apart from changing oil and wiper blades I'm afraid my auto experience is limited. This, I would imagine, is the first use that comes to mind when this light is seen. And, in fact, if I had the experience I'd list a multitude of uses - all automotive related - if I had the experience.
That said, my application is all about woodworking. I have this unit mounted on some rafters on the ceiling of my shop. While I have more than adequate overhead lighting, often times I'll build a box for a cabinet and then find myself slightly shadowed. It is at this time that I'll pull this light down and hang it from a hook or a piece of wood or whatever I can rig up. It casts light into the box itself making my work, once again, well-lit.
Granted, there are other construction-related lighting options available, and I do own stand lighting and such. This, however, is something that takes little-to-no set-up, is always within arm's reach, and meant relatively little investment. The swivel nature of the reel makes for getting into tight corners with the light, and I can easily switch this on/off as needed.
No reel negatives here - pardon the pun. The unit is about 9 pounds in weight and easily mounted with your cordless drill. My bulb has lasted me one year because it's not in daily use and the sawdust that can fly in my shop has not effected performance.
It's a Craftsman product which generally means lifetime warranty - that said, my original packaging is long gone and I could not find information as to the limitations in regard to the warranty and lighting. If this is a concern, ask your friendly Sears tool guy before purchasing.
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