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    Solar Reels

    1. 7 months ago
      Better than other versions
      My lighter one just broke at the turning handle. This version is much stronger. Easy to assemble.
    2. 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.
    3. 8 months ago
      Love it even my twin 4 year old grandsons can do it.
    1. 8 months ago
      Life saver!!
      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!!!
    2. 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
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 9 months ago
      So glad to have this for my solar blanket .
      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.
    1. 8 years ago
      Perfect replacement
      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. 9 years ago
      2nd set
      This is the 2nd set I have purchased. The attachment clips are different than the 1st set. The problem with the 1st set was that one of the clips broke. I also noted that the straps would not always wind on the reel smoothly to keep the cover flat. However, using the straps with the reel makes it easy to store the cover when not needed.
    3. 6 months ago
      I purchased this a month ago and am yet to get it set up. I just don't do much in triple digit heat. I've used the product before and am very confident in it. It will be very easy to put together. Their service is fantastic. The products were shipped immediately and were here in a day or two. I'm looking forward to cooler weather so I can get this set up and running.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 4 months ago
      Works great.
      This solar cover reels fits our pool perfectly. Takes the hassle out of folding a 10ft x 50ft cover ever time we use our pool. Very simple to install.
    1. 7 months ago
      Works well,
      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
    2. 8 months ago
      Fairly easy to use
      Just what we expected. A little long to assemble, but works great.
    3. 7 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.
    1. 8 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.
    2. 8 years ago
      Very easy to use
      I just bought this reel this year. At first I tried to use it without drilling into my patio to anchor it, but that didn't work. Once I anchored to the patio it worked like a charm. So easy to roll-up the solar blanket now - even my seven year old daughter does it. We are very happy with this reel!
    3. 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.
    1. 2 years ago
      I was very hesitant to buy this product because it's so expensive (still think it shouldn't cost so much) but I am really happy that I did. It works perfectly and makes covering and uncovering my pool a breeze. Fast, easy, and simple.
    2. 3 years ago
      Best Ever!
      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.
    3. 3 years ago
      Really great product
      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!
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    More About Pool Solar Reels

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