How Expandable Garden Hose is Made in Chinese Factories

What’s up, guys. Welcome to the “Make Your product in China” video series. Today I’m going to show you how to make an expandable garden hose in a Chinese manufacturer. In every single video of this video series, I will show you the process of how a product is made in the Chinese manufacturer. And today I will bring you to an expandable garden hose manufacturer. It’s a very nice product, very easy to use, very light-weigh, and I’d like to have one if I have a house with a garden in China, but they are very expensive, most Chinese people, they are living in apartments. This product was popular like 7 or 8 years ago, and even now, there are still a lot of people buying from Amazon, eBay or from supermarket. And of course, all these products, they are imported from China. You can find so many suppliers for this product when you go to Yiwu wholesale market, trade show or especially on Alibaba, but most of them, they are trading company or middleman, and they are not the real manufacturer. So I will bring you to one of the garden hose manufacturers that my company has worked before and show you how this product is made in the manufacturer. Hey, we just arrived the hose manufacturer factory, and this is the manager, he will bring us to his showroom to see what type of expandable hose they are making currently. Let’s go! Manager: Our factory is now mainly engaged in the European and American markets. Jing: So what types of hoses are you engaged in now? Manager: We are now producing this type of hose, which can expand 3 times. It is used to wash cars or used in irrigation in gardens in America.
which can expand 3 times. It is used to wash cars or used in irrigation in gardens in America. Jing: When did you start making this production? Manager:This year is the fifth year. We began in 2013 or 2014. When I see this hose and I remember I have purchased this type of hose like 4 or 5 years ago, like the first time I start my company, and even though back to that time, this product is already has been popular for a couple of years. This is the first type that they ever came out, and now they make a lot of improvement for the past few years. Jing: What changes have you made after this type of hose? Manager: The ratio of the coat to latex tube of the old one is 1:3, and the upgraded is 1:6. The upgraded one is more malleable and has a longer service life. Now we know the difference between different types of the hose, and we are moving to the production area to see how people are making the hose. Let’s go! Jing: How many hoses can your factory produce in a day now? Manager: About 3000 to 5000 strips. Jing: Are there any high or low seasons? Manager: It will be the low season after a month. Jing: So the high season is basically in the summertime. Manager: Yes, it will be gradually slack at the end of July. Jing: Have you ever exported to the countries in the Southern Hemisphere like Australia? Manager: Not yet, only Europe and America involved at present. Jing: Okay. So has the sales volume been increased in the past four years? Manager: The sales volume is doubling every year. Jing: This means the hose is still hot and many people are selling it. This is the thread for making the coat of a hose, and you can see they have all types of colors of threads here. So the manufacturer will firstly buy all the types of colors of thread and then weave them to the coat, the outer coat for the expandable hose, and then, they will put the latex tube inside the coat, and make it to a real hose. Ok in my hand, I have a finished coat and a roll of thread. And now I’m going to show you how the machine makes thread into the coat. Firstly you check here. The machine bundles 3 threads into 1 stronger thread. And the machine will roll the thread into this. And then they will put the roll into this machine, and now you can see there are 48 rolls in this machine. And the thread comes from 48 rolls will bundle together into this coat. Once the coat is weaved, and they will come into this box. Here are around 500 meters of the coat. Then they will cut this coat into different lengths for making different lengths of hose. This is the second step of how they make the hose. The workers will bring all the coat to here and they will insert all the latex tube into the coat. They use this metal wire to firstly insert this coat, and then they will use the metal wire to insert the tube into the coat. In order to insert the latex directly into the coat, using metal wire is much more efficiently. Manager: We need to take this down, then encase this one, and finally encase the mouth. After they putting the tube into the coat they move all hoses to this area. And in this area, they are making the mouth for the end of the hose. They will first put the plastic parts to the end of the latex. They will also put an aluminum cylinder here and they will use another machine to compress the aluminum cylinder to fix the coat, the tube, and the plastic part firmly together. This is a compression machine dedicated for compress the hose. They asked the machine factory to customize this machine for them. The manager said it would be too dangerous for me to operate this machine. I almost can not remove the plastic part out, yeah, it’s very solid. This is the last step of making the hose, they have a lot of connectors here, and what they need to do is just to screw on the connector. The very important thing you need to confirm is, if suppliers have the same standard screw parts for your country. Now I’m going to make a hose by myself. Now we are in the testing room to test how much water pressure this hose can bear. In this room, they don’t have tap water, so they use this tank to hold water and use this machine to add more pressure and to simulate a faucet. Here the water pressure is 0.5 megapascal and which is much higher than most countries’ standard. In America, the standard of water pressure is like 0.35 megapascal, so here the water pressure is much higher than the standard, but you can see there is no leaking. So the hose I made it, the quality is quite good. Thank you for watching this video, if you like it, please give us thumbs up, you can comment on it and share it, and also don’t forget to subscribe to us. You can also leave your comment by telling me what other products you want to see how they are being made in manufacturers in China, and I will see you in the next video.

4 thoughts on “How Expandable Garden Hose is Made in Chinese Factories

  1. Subscribed! Great 'insider' view. I was surprised at how much manual work goes into these hoses, though. Despite that your host commented he'd been doing this for some years, the appearance was that his is a new hose startup-manufacturer, with all the open floor-space (no tables) used to manually haul hoses around. Especially the process of pulling the latex through the jacket: it cries out to be improved. American labor rates could never support that process without more automation…and band-aids…

    I'd love to see your insider-peek at of the window-building industry, since I've been forever shopping for a small manufacturer of PVC and/or aluminum types. It's often not easy to tell who is a trading-company vs an actual manufacturer…would be nice to know the pros and cons of that. (Alibaba seems to be full of misleading information in general, and of little help in that respect.)

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