My lighter one just broke at the turning handle. This version is much stronger. Easy to assemble.
7 months ago
Compared to the reels on the groynd, this reel works so easily. You can break the wheels and actually pull it on with one person. Wheeling in is a dream. Only prob is what I knew going in. Directions are a bit confusing and you need a strong drill. Aluminum is strong and hard. But I am a 120 lb woman.
6 months ago
Love it even my twin 4 year old grandsons can do it.
I just want to follow up on how I moounted the saddles on a Watson pool with the waffle top rail.I did my research and talked to lots of people and reviewed the manufactures, solarsaddle.net, website and found that if you trim a small amount of the braket it will fit between the waffles just great, and it did. Talked with the customer service and they said that was fine to do since lots do it. Many reviews said it is flimsy it is not it is safe to use and the materials are very tough.
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!!!
8 years ago
WORKS GREAT but EXPENSIVE
I was pleased after installed, not crazy about permanent holes in my new pool rails should hooks brake or crack during winter months, however so far its holding cover rather well. My pool is 24' round I would advise putting end hooks a couple inches closer together, cover does sometimes fall on either end if not placed on just so. $100.00 is a crazy amount for 5 plastic hooks but I do love them so far.
This reel went together easily and rolls up the blanket so smooth ! We had to attach the straps w/ screws as our Velcro didn't hold . Highly recommended.
7 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.
8 months ago
sturdy enough for wider pools
Only problem is that the bolts which hold the tube sections together tend to rust especially in salt water pools. The bolts also come with weird rubber inserts which also deteriorate in salt and chlorine. I recommend you buy stainless steel bolts and washers at your local hardware store until the manufacturer figures out that these bolts are inadequate and substandard.
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.
7 years ago
I would buy this reel again in a snap. Super smooth operation that my young daughter can operate. This reel does not flex in the middle, even though I have it extended to the max @ 16feet, with the heaviest 16mil ultra-clear blanket. I think this reel should extend the life of the blanket by 100%. You must align the tubes for the length you want, drill a few holes (they supply the drill bit), use some common sense and follow the instructions. Not difficult. The frame is tubular alluminum so it
... read more is just heavy enough not to tip,and strong enough not to break. (Like I suspect a plastic one would) I know everyone will love this reel!
7 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.
The "Above Ground" kit for my AG pool was useless. The ropes rotted in one year and the plastic disintegrated. The "In Ground" kit works much better. Forget about attaching the straps directly to the cover. Here is what I do: get a 1/2 inch vinyl water pipe the approximate width of the cover. Glue end caps on so it will float. Pass the straps top to underneath the cover and around the pipe and back up through the buckles. The pipe floats just under the cover and when it is pulled up the cover
... read more stays nice and flat and does not bunch so much. When the cover is unrolled the ends tend to curl under the surface. I attach another 18 inch length of capped pipe to each end of the cover. The pipes pull the ends down and help float the ends out the right way.
2 years ago
Ordered but didn't need it
The pool reel I ordered came with a strap set and I liked it better. Unfortunately, you only have 14 days to return something and I noticed it on the 15th day! The straps are nice and heavy, but i do not like the way it hooks to the blanket.
9 years ago
This is only the 2nd set of straps we have used on our solar cover.
This set was faster and easier to install.
The 1st set (not the same brand) started to fray and come apart in the 2nd season - so we will see how long this set lasts. Hopefully more than 2 seasons.
This reel system is the best. It is easy for one person to use, especially to roll up the solar cover onto the reel because of the locking mechanism. It does not sag and the wheels make it very easy to roll out of the way. The only tricky part is to unroll the cover by yourself. It requires a little practice.
6 months ago
Great product, easy to use, plan time to assemble
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.
7 years ago
Hopefully the last reel we need to buy
we have a 24x48 pool, this reel is perfect. 1 person can manage, but 2 people makes covering and uncovering a breeze. We have had this reel for 2 years now, it has shown no wear. We do put it away in the harsh Pa. winters. Rolls very smoothly, we uncover pool toward steps, then push back out of the way.
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
7 months ago
Fairly easy to use
Just what we expected. A little long to assemble, but works great.
6 months ago
OMG! Must Have
Bought this solar reel and a 16 mil clear solar cover. All I can say is Wow! Increased pool temp by 12 degrees in 1 day. Cover glides on and off pool water like a breeze- only one person needs to roll and unroll cover. Couldn't be easier and now I don't have to drag my old junky cover over the side of pool and ask someone to help me!! Could not have been a better purchase. I am a middle aged female and I did the entire assembly of the reel from start to finish, by myself. My only trouble was
... read more having to borrow a drill from my neighbor since my drill didn't fit a 1/2" metal drill bit- needed to join the metal reel tubes together. Other than that - took me about an hour and I was fully set up with cover on the pool! I bought a cover that was 4 feet longer than pool and two feet wider. So glad I did - once I had attached it to the reel then I trimmed excess edges with a sharp razor blade. Simple.
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!!!
6 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
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