Economy Above Ground Solar Reel
OVERALL, MONEY WELL SPENT, I HAVE A 24" ABOVE GROUND POOL AND INSTALLED REEL MYSELF, ROTATES OUT OF WAY FOR EASY SWIMMING
August 4, 2009
Could use bigger base
Cylinder not strong enough to hold 21ft solar cover had to be adapted using the cylinder from old reel. Should have spent the money on deluxe model! Also, clamp is made for pools with 4" railing - also had to be adapted to fit properly. Would definitely spend money on deluxe model!
August 3, 2009
This is probably a good reel for a very small pool or very light blanket (8mil or less). But it barely holds my 12 mil solar blanket and the tubing is bows under the weight. It doesn't clear the pool surface when rolled up and is cumbersome to open and close the pool.
July 27, 2009
I usually correlate economy with inexpensive, but this reel is cheap! The quality of the product is horrible. First off I had to go purchase screws to mount the unit to my pool because the ones that were shipped with it didn't fit into the countersunk holes in the brackets.
The product is described in the catalog as rigid but after assembly we attached the solar cover and wound it on the reel. I attempted to pivot the reel off the pool, but after lifting one end approximately 2 1/2 ft the reel was bowing so bad in the center that the cover was still on the waters surface. I am very dissatisfied with the quality of this item. Had I actually seen the item assembled I never would have purchased one.
We have purchased many good items over the years from IN THE SWIM, however I would not recommend this product for purchase
June 23, 2009