What is this fire hose? And Why Does It Look That Way?
It's a rubber "uncured hose". It comes directly from the factory and has actually never been used. In fact, it's brand new. Really. But of course it doesn't look that way. Think of it like a half-way finished hose that hasn't been fully cooked. It's called uncured because whatever quality control the hose didn't pass during inspection (pinhole, sizing, tear, cosmetic defects) they categorized it as a failure and decided not to finish producing the hose. So it goes in the pile of "unfinished" hoses.
Some users prefer this look. Others say "it ain't pretty"!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say. The coating on the nitrile rubber hasn't been heated to give it that shiny finished look. So that's why you get that faded look. They've done everything possible to the hose except for the final step, shiny heat treatment. So there you have it. The strength is there, the functionality is there, the hose is there, the color is there (albeit faded), but the hose has been deemed unworthy of firefighting. In the fire hose world, the rubber nitrile hose is the top of the line and highly sought after, the best of the best. It'd be a shame to let this high quality hose go to waste because it's a bit grisly.
Can it still move water?
Sure. Just like a regular hose in fact. But there could be tears and small holes here and there. We don't mean it's riddled with holes every few inches, but if you purchase 1000 feet on a pallet, you'll probably get a hose with a leak or two. This is a 2.5" diameter hose, so you could clamp some standard hose fittings on and if there's a hole, just cut that piece off and re-attach the fittings. Problem solved. You can save big if you decide to go with this scrap rubber hose, we mean really big. If you purchase 1000 feet of this 2.5 inch hose brand new finished, you'd be paying over $4,600. We're not kidding, take a look at the new units we sell here.
Great For Padding Or Other Uses
It's still super strong and ready for additional use. Think equipment protection, boat dock padding, or even some arts and crafts. The sky is the limit. Lots of people use old fire hoses creatively. What will you do?
- Available in 5 ft, 10ft, 25 ft, or 50ft. Free Shipping on Bulk Orders!
- 2.5" Inside Diameter
- 4" Lay Flat Width
- Rubber Nitrile
All products are shipped within 24 hours of ordering Monday-Friday unless otherwise specified on the individual product description page. Your tracking number will be sent via email. Your item will ship from one of our three warehouses (California, Ohio, New York) depending on your location and stock availability. Most orders ship via USPS Air Priority, UPS Ground, or FedEx Ground. Most items ship free. If you need express shipping, please call us 1 (510) 214-3093 and ask us for help.
Returns on most new and unused items are accepted within 30 days of purchase unless items are described as "Special Order", "Used or Scrap", "Bulk Discounted Orders", "International Orders" or "Rare Fitting" in the product title or description. Custom length hoses are non-returnable. Custom lengths is anything outside of 25, 50, 75, or 100 feet. Customer is responsible for return shipping charges. If a return label is issued from Fire Hose Supply the return shipping fees will be deducted from the refund. A standard 25% restocking fee is applied to all returns. Returns must be approved before sending in. Contact us for an RGA or return slip for approval before you send in your returns. Once your returns slip has been issued it will list instructions with a ship-to address. Any return orders sent without an RGA or previous authorization may be rejected.
✔️ Special Order, Custom Order, Bulk Discount Orders, Rare Fittings & International Order Items
Special order, custom order, bulk discount orders, rare items & international order items cannot be cancelled or returned. Rare fittings include but are not limited to 2" NH (NST) and 3" NH (NST) fittings. Please make sure you are 100% sure of the product specifications you are ordering. If you don't fully understand the products you are ordering, please ask us for help to confirm the correct specifications you're looking for. Special order items are usually non-standard parts or bulk orders that are custom made directly from the factory.