We finally decided to order this because our manual reel broke last year. I'm so glad we did! We were a little worried about the cost- but using it for just a month we're so happy with it already.
I can finally take the cover on and off myself- which will be great during the summer when the kids swim every day. And I'm sure it will help save on heating the pool because I can cover it every night. It seems really well made too. We had to call the manufacturer to ask some questions about
... read more installing it- but after that it was pretty simple. I highly recommend this product!
5 years ago
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.
I have a 15' x 30' pool. I first purchased one set of the solar saddles, several years ago, and was very pleased with its ease in installing and the ease in use with the solar cover. Last fall I purchased a second set to add to the overall coverage of the solar cover. Some of the parts were missing. After notifying company I was personally contacted and quickly sent the misses pieces. I strongly recommend this product for those that do not want to mess around with a reel.
9 years ago
What a perfect saver, in so many ways!
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
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.
Decent quality of components, but not steady. Easily tips when trying to roll or unroll cover.
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!
9 years ago
Not as good As I thought
It states it can be operated by one person and yes it can, but not very well and it only has ONE crank handle. Most of the other solar reels have 2 cranks or one on each side. If ythe cover bunches or starts to go crooked on the far side, you have to stop, adjust then go back over to the side of the crank instead of being able to crank from that side.
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.
7 months ago
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!
We purchased this for a 24' above ground pool thinking that 1 person would be able to uncover / cover the pool. This is not the case, but only because of the size. We are very satisfied with the quality and there is no sagging and holds the solar cover nicely. The big issue is that the instructions are awful and the video tutorials on the Rocky website are seriously out of date. Because it's an AG pool, we did not need the concrete anchors included, so not sure of those directions. Overall,
... read more it's a great product, but for a large AG pool with a wooden deck, spend the money on an automatic reel.
8 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.
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.
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
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.
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9 months ago
Worth it, but took me a few hours to assemble
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.
9 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.
Exact replacement that we got from the dealer when we bought our pool. We use this on our Above Ground pool even though it says it's for In Ground pools. Much better to attach velcro to the pool reel than screw into the metal. Our first velcro set lasted 5 years before the velcro adhesive started wearing off, so we hope that is the case with this set. Great value!
2 years ago
Good system to attach a pool cover to a reel
Requires only a small knife or pair of scissors to assemble. Straps are attached to cover at about 4 feet intervals. Small pads of adhesive velcro are attached to reel which hold the ends of the straps. It is all very simple and works well.
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.
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