National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Hose Roller – Gas

NFES Number: 
Small Engine Equipment
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 
Storage and Shelf Life Procedure: 
Date Last Tested (DLT) not to exceed 12 months.

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Visually inspect for evidence of use (dust, oil, starter seal broken), damage or missing parts.
  2. Return to stock if there is no sign of use or damage and date last tested (DLT) does not exceed 12 months.
  3. Refurbish as necessary if unit has been used or fueled, damaged, or shelf life is exceeded.
  4. Dispose of the unit if it is not economically repairable.

Refurbishment Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Remove dirt and oil, using detergent or degreaser as necessary.
  2. Use pressure washer to remove heavy deposits of oil and grease.
  3. Equipment should be repaired and tested as quickly as possible after pressure washing to minimize rust formation on metal parts.

B. Repair

  1. Check condition of engine oil, spark plug and air filter; clean or replace as necessary.
  2. Inspect power-head (engine) for freeness of all moving parts, ensuring that the crankshaft, piston/cylinder and all engine bearings are not damaged.
  3. Check for loose and/or missing parts or mounting hardware; tighten or replace as needed.
  4. Inspect exhaust system; make sure there are no cracks or leaks.
  5. Clean spark arrestor of excess carbon build up, replace screen if damaged.
  6. Ensure all safety equipment (warning labels, metal screening, guards and shields) are in place and functioning properly.
  7. Check for and repair (weld) any cracks in frame structure.
  8. Lubricate bearings on pulley shafts and wheel bearing.
  9. Inflate tires to proper pressure if equipped with pneumatic tires.

C. Test for Performance

  1. Refer to the owner’s manual for operations and specifications information specific to engine/roller model.
  2. Ensure gasoline is fresh prior to starting the engine. Use a fuel stabilizer in fuel during testing to help ensure proper operation of engine at post storage start up.
  3. Ensure recoil starter functions properly. Check for damage or fraying of pull cord; repair or replace as necessary.
  4. Engine should start easily, run smoothly, be free from leaks (oil/fuel), and provide sufficient power to the hose rolling wheels.
  5. Ensure engine operational controls are functioning properly; stop switch, throttle and choke.
  6. Rolling wheels/pins should turn without v-belt slippage when foot pedals are depressed and should be easily stopped when foot pedals are released.
  7. Test roller under a load by means of rolling lengths of hose.
  8. Should any function fail a test, refer to the manufacturer’s repair manual and troubleshooting guide to correct the problem.
  9. Remove all gasoline from fuel tank and run engine until carburetor is completely empty of fuel.

D. Repackaging

  1. Use nylon “zip-tie” to tie off (seal) starter rope to the frame.
  2. Attach certification tag that indicates date last tested (DLT), property #, and name of individual certifying performance.
  3. Ensure that all identification (property #, serial #, owner ID) is affixed and legible. 
  4. Attach a current “Hose Rolling” Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) to the frame.


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