Deluxe One-Person Solar Reel
not worth it
I bought this unit and it was terrible..the instructions were way too vague, the clips you install to the pool rail break under the weight of the cover when its wound up, and the pole sags a bit.
June 27, 2012
I really like the the high quality aluminum tubing and aluminum bases. Stainless bolts hold it together. Good directions to put it together. The only drawback I see, is I need a 3rd base so I can pivot it off to the side.
June 6, 2012
We purchased this last week and had it placed on in about 3 hours. First time I tried to adjust the cover to role it up one of the connectors ripped though the solar cover. It does roll very easily and can be pivoted out of the way with one person but you have to be ready were you are going to pivot it to. I would recommend a 4x4 with some kind of holder on top. Placing it back on is hard to do even with 2 people. It sticks to itself and took at least 20 minutes to get it back out flat. It needs a bar of some kind in the middle of the solar cover to connect to so the connections don't rip though the liner. Would not recommend unless some of these things were fixed.
May 26, 2012
Roll with Ease
I almost didn't order this reel because of some other reviews I saw that complained about the plastic base mounts.
However, I ordered it anyway and to my surprise, the base mounts are very sturdy metal.....they must have improved on it. I love the ease with which one person can operate this reel. It rolls up the blanket smoothly and with little effort.
Assembly and attaching the straps to the solar cover was a bit time consuming but that would be the case with any reel.
It's really nice also if one wants to lift the whole reel out of the bases and set it aside.....and can pivot off to the side if desired.
I have a 15 x 30 pool and needless to say, it's a big solar blanket....this reel makes it so easy to take the blanket on and off.
All in all, I love the reel and would recommend it highly.
September 8, 2011