I had this reel a few weeks and it has significantly improved my solar cover experience. Like others have stated it does take awhile to setup and attach to your pool. My individual experience took me most of a day, by myself to setup. But that is only because of its semi universal nature. It seems very sturdy and I feel I will get many good years out of it.
9 months ago
Above ground pool solar reel system
I bought three weeks ago and it's great. No having to fold cover. It rolls rite up and can be moved one handed. It's saved my arms and shoulders!
7 months ago
Have had it about a month , a little heavy for the wife to move, and wish the carried the zip on winter cover, and make sure you have about 28 ft to store this unit and you can not take it apart, voids tjhe warranty
I've been using a hand crank reel for years and when it was time for a new one I opted for this one and boy I have not been disappointed! It's so easy to use! I don't know how I did it without this!! I'm in love!!!
7 months ago
Just purchased this battery operated reel. I was going to purchase the Pool Boy 2 with an electrical plug but I had no outlets nearby and an extension cord would be unsightly. I'm so glad I bought this battery powered reel. It was easy to install and set up, it took me and my son 2 hours to assemble. The reel is solid and sturdy, it doesn't wobble with my 20' X 45' heavy 16mil solar cover. That little battery powers up the cover in both directions in under a minute. The only drawback is the
... read more that there is only one remote and it must be re-activated with each use by pressing both buttons for a few seconds as a safety I guess. If the battery holds charge for two weeks before recharging , I'll be satisfied as it only takes 6 hours to fully charge. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase as it was also delivered within 3 days from purchase. Thank you IntheSwim.com
I looked around the internet looking for reviews because of the cost. I was unable to find anything so I will give you my take on the product. It is absolutely awesome!!! It exceeded my expectations in terms of how well it extracts and retracts the pool cover. Pretty straight forward in terms of assembly. Two downsides- wish it came with caster wheels(went to home depot and put them on product-) and wish i could unplug unit from the electrical box instead of where reel is. If any of you are sick
... read more of taking off cover and putting it back on, I highly recommend this product. I was actually looking at buying an automatic pool cover but this does the same job at a fraction of the cost. I will use pool more often this summer because of the ease of use with this product.
1 year ago
Now that I have gotten everything set up and used this puppy for awhile, I highly recommend this product. It has made pool life sooo much easier. Yes, it is high on the price but well worth it in the long run.
3 years ago
This is by far an incredible reel system and Affordable compared to any other automatic pool cover system! I waited for over 2 years for a review and finally found one on another site who complained about the short cord - really?? That is not even a hiccup compared to how one person can pull off the cover and cover the pool back up with ease. Now for one we have an oval pool with steps. If you use a solar blanket cover this will work on any pool according to the Mfg. when I called. We kept the
... read more cover square where we attached the cover to the reel; we cut the cover on both sides so the seams of the cover are centered also. This is so the tether cord attaches on the seams to the poly rod which is underneath the cover. This would be for strength. We also got the adjustable Pool Boy and set it on the highest setting. Be mindful, the video does leave out the part where you do have to straighten out your cover at the start of reeling up the cover but after that, this is a DREAM come true. Wish I had it from the beginning, it would have save a lot of hassle.
I bought this to replace an old plastic reel. This cost more than the plastic reels but it definitely rolls a lot easier and the steel ball bearings will be easily replaceable when/if necessary. I cannot do that with my plastic roller. It's lighter than the plastic reel, but still stays in place when unrolling it. It took me about three hours to put together, but that was at a leisurely pace and a beer break (or two.) The package arrived damaged but there was nothing missing, although the
... read more end of a tube was dented, but I hammered it out. My pool is only ten-feet wide (forty-feet long) so I had to cut the outer tubes. Be sure to file down the edges of the telescoping tubes before you slip them in (even if you don't cut them first.) Even so, they might bind and be tough to slide. I pushed them in, screwed them down with the supplied fasteners and then cut to length after. The aluminum easily cuts and drills. The bearings don't fit real tight in their housings, but the collars keep them locked in so I guess that's not a problem. I didn't even try using the self-adhesive velcro on the tube, as I felt that would not stick for very long. Instead, I screwed the strips to the tube. Looks good, smaller than the bigger plastic reel, and the beige color is more pleasant than bright white. I'm happy I bought it. Note: I regret that we built the pool, thirty years ago, because it's not worth the maintenance and utilities cost, but this reel makes it a little easier to maintain.
8 months ago
Love it ! Easy to install warms the pool nicely now I will be able to enjoy the pool for a couple extra months !!!
8 months ago
Good product, but bad design
I bought this solar cover reel about 3 weeks ago. I would like to think I am fairly handy and it took about 2 1/2 - 3 hours to complete the install. The reel does its job, but the Velcro for the straps is a little rediculous. For a product knowingly going to be wet and in the elements constantly to have Velcro to place on the reel is a bad design. After the reel was put together for about a week I woke up and saw that 4 out of the 8 Velcro pieces had fallen off. Not a big surprise on my end. I
... read more took self tapping screws and screwed the solid end of the strap straight to the reel to solve the problem. Other than that the reel serves its purpose and seems to have durability.
Great reel! Would recommend casters for oval pools. They allow the reel to move, keeping the cover centered. My last reel was a plastic, stationary unit, sold here. Always a hassle to get the cover even and the sun ate up the plastic in about 6 years.
8 months ago
Excellent except for one thing
Bought this about a month ago and overall it is excellent and a good value. Works well and looks like it will hold up good for many years. My only complaint is the plastic attachment clips for the cover. They have very poor fitting plastic threaded plugs. I deformed them with vice grips to tighten the grip and now they hold fine.
Other than the clips I am satisfied though I may buy another handle to attach so that it can be rolled up from either side.
5 years ago
Love This Reel
I love how easy this reel makes taking my solar blanket off my pool. Before I got this reel I was pulling my blanket off to the side so I could go swimming. Now I just turn the handle and my 12' x 40' blanket rolls up easily and I have the whole pool to swim in. It is easy for me to unroll also -- I just stay in the pool once done swimming, and then gradually pull it to the opposite end. I am very happy with this reel and would recommend it highly.
My lighter one just broke at the turning handle. This version is much stronger. Easy to assemble.
2 years ago
Works great. So much easier
I bought this for our 20x40' in ground pool. It's our first solar cover reel and I must say it was worth the price. What used to take two people about 10 minutes to do with a lot of hassle, now takes only one person less than five minutes. I chose this reel because I wanted something that would last and was tall enough to roll over the diving board with the cover reeled up. I also like that it has a 5yr warranty when many of the others only had a 1 yr or 3yr at the most. I am a little leery of
... read more the pole as it sags in the middle with or without the cover reeled up, but 20 ft is quite a distance for poke to remain perfectly straight and rigid without being made of solid steel. The straps for hooking up the cover to reel worked great and look like they will hold on well. It took a little bit to setup the main polevel as it required some drilling to customize the length to fit yur pool. It was well worth the effort however and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a friend.
8 months ago
Love it even my twin 4 year old grandsons can do it.
Our old solar cover had a lot of wear -and- tear from constantly taking it on and off of our pool. So, we purchased a new solar cover from In The Swim. In the process of putting it on our pool we realized that it weighed much more than our old cover did and would be more difficult to remove.
This solar cover holder is the answer to our problem. It not only saves wear-and-tear on our new cover but it saves us a lot of energy and time.
8 years ago
Great idea but flimsy brackets
The saddle does indeed make removal and installation of the solar cover a simple and speedy 1 person operation. However the brackets that attach the saddles, or hooks, to the top of the pool edge are made of plastic and break extremely easily. I just re-attached to the pool edge using electrical ties, and it works great, and a bonus is that when the cover is on, you can fold the hooks to the side of the pool out of the way. Someone creative could fabricate brackets out of metal.
The product is a
... read more bit over priced for what you get, but I would spend the money again for the ease and time saved in 1 person cover removal and install.
8 years ago
Makes USE of solar cover EASIER!!!
The saddle itself does the job intended...It is now very easy to pull the cover off or back on by ONE person!!!...Just don't drop & lose any hardware as you get the exact amount. Also the pins used to hold the hooks in place are plastic, too easy to slide in or OUT...for end hooks had to use Dremel tool as this is better suited for AG caps that have no criss-cross support under them...But definitely made USING the solar cover a lot easier!!!
After FedEx finally got delivery right and saw the size of the box I knew there was "some" assembly involved. The white powder coat paint is very nice. The parts are well made and coated. The assembly took awhile even for someone who knows how to putbthingsntigerher and has all the appropriate tools. Read the directions and be certain to drill holes ( four ) in correct place. The rest is all self tapping screws, a good drill and bit are required (hex drill bit).
Operation is easy and can be
... read more done by one person although easier with two.
Along with the blue and black solar cover purchased along with this reel, the pool gets warm with just the sun and coupled with the heater, it's just superb.
6 months ago
Fantastic reel! Sturdy and compact. Love the anchors to hold down in place. Only minor improvement would be to make the anchors slightly longer and maybe more corse thread or other way to have them engage more easily with less chance of cross threading. Otherwise great reel and would recommend to anyone.
8 months ago
This roller is great!
We got this roller this year to replace another that has sagged in the middle and broken after two summers. The other roller was hard to work with, this roller is stable, has a low center of gravity, locks to the deck when you don't want it to roll, rolls well when you do want it to roll. I wish I knew two years ago to get this roller. This roller comes with the best cover attachment equipment that I've seen.
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