Swan, Goodyear Partnership Produces Tough Rubber Hoses Without the Weight

What’s the No. 1 complaint with traditional rubber garden hoses? They’re extremely heavy, which makes them difficult to drag around your yard or job site. Swan’s Goodyear MAXLite® rubber hoses solve that problem.

While traditional rubber garden hoses are known for their quality and durability, their substantial weight was always an issue. So the innovation experts at Swan created a new rubber garden hose that’s just as tough, but with a proprietary formula that’s 40 percent lighter than a traditional rubber garden hose with a similar diameter and length.

Swan's Goodyear® MAXLite Premium Rubber+® hose is made with an exclusive formula that makes it twice as strong and yet 40 percent lighter than standard rubber garden hoses with a similar diameter and length. This means it can both endure heavy use and be managed with ease on the job site.

Top American tire and rubber company Goodyear, which at one time sold traditional rubber garden hoses, recognized Swan’s achievement. They saw an opportunity to partner with a global leader in garden hose manufacturing and re-enter the market with the best rubber hoses for commercial applications.

In November 2015, Swan and Goodyear entered a licensing agreement and launched their initial product offering the following year.

“Goodyear represents the most globally recognized name in rubber products, so it was a natural fit for Swan and Goodyear to work together,” says Ben Williams, vice president of product development at Swan. “Consumers get to experience the newest innovation in rubber hoses and have a name they trust for the best quality.”

Swan's Goodyear® MAXLite Hot Water Rubber+® hose remains flexible from -40 degrees Fahrenheit up to hot water at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Made exclusively by Swan, the three Goodyear MAXLite® hoses—the Goodyear MAXLite® Premium Rubber+® hose, the Goodyear MAXLite® Hot Water Rubber+® hose and the Goodyear MAXLite® High Visibility Rubber+® hose—are heavy-duty, built to last and have the high performance required by hardworking farmers, contractors and other professionals. They have a 400+ PSI burst strength. They also feature the extra-large crush-proof couplings and supreme scuff-resistance pros prefer. Extreme temperatures? Not an issue. Goodyear rubber hoses remain flexible to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the hot water rubber hose is rated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Swan's Goodyear® MAXLite High Visibility Rubber+® hose is colored bright yellow to stand out on the job site, where high visibility is important to prevent accidents.

Swan’s Goodyear MAXLite® rubber garden hoses also meet the lead-free standards under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and are compliant with California’s strict phthalate-content standards. In addition, the premium rubber hose is colored black, the hot water rubber hose is in the traditional red color, and the high-visibility rubber hose is a bright yellow to stand out at a job site for safety reasons.

Swan and Goodyear also offer a high-quality, traditional PVC garden hose called ProFLEX® that’s available exclusively through Tractor Supply. You can find the Goodyear MAXLite® hoses also at Tractor Supply, as well as at The Home Depot, various regional hardware stores and on Swan’s website.

The ProFLEX® traditional PVC garden hose by Swan and Goodyear, available exclusively through Tractor Supply.

Over the years, Swan’s Goodyear MAXLite® rubber hoses have been the go-to choice for industrial use, representing the ingenuity and integrity at the core of each brand. Swan and Goodyear are confident the Goodyear MAXLite® hoses will continue to resonate with their customers and those beyond their customary retail channels.

Let us know what you think about our partnership with Goodyear and the Goodyear MAXLite® rubber hose line in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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