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    Solar Reels

    1. 1 year ago
      Product works as expected
      The saddle hooks work great at keeping the solar cover out of the pool and off the ground. Had to buy longer bolts in order to fit the brackets to our top rail, but that's a minor concession for the convenience it provides dealing with the solar cover. Get a short bungee cord to keep on each hook and wrap around the solar cover when in use so the breeze doesn't flip any off onto the ground..,
    2. 1 year ago
      Solar Saddle Pool Hangers
      Since purchasing a RayPak pool heater for my 21' above ground pool, the use of the solar cover is a must in keeping the pool warm over night. These saddle hooks did the job for storing the cover when using the pool. They not only do the job but they look good to. Even if you don't have a pool heater, it makes using the cover on a daily basis easy. Installation was quick and easy as well. Will suggest this item for anyone with a pool.
    3. 1 decade 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.
    1. 2 years 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. 2 years 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
    3. 1 year ago
      Worth Every Penny
      When my 16 x 34 fiberglass pool was installed last year, the $10,000 to $12,000 it would cost to have an automatic pool cover installed was not an option. Needless to say, I soon tired of pulling my solar cover on and off and then laying it to the side. This took up all of my usable space on one length of the pool. Once I started looking for solar cover reels, I was pleased to find that the Pool Boy III was within my budget. I have been using my Pool Boy III for a little over a month, and it has ... read more been worth ever penny. It fits directly underneath my diving board and looks very neat and tidy. In addition, I don't have to worry about pulling and tugging with the fear of ripping my cover. You do need to buy the Solar Reel Attachment Kit for In Ground Pools though. Otherwise, you will not be able to secure the cover to the reel. The only con is that I am starting to see a few rusty areas here and there. If it lasts for many years to come, I will have no complaints.
    1. 1 year ago
      Excellent quality/did not have all parts needed
      I have never owned a solar reel or even seen one in reality. It seems there are no solar reels with excellent reviews. So I researched multiple sites and decided on this item. I chose this reel hoping the quality would be better with one of the higher ratings, better warranty, a higher price tag, no plastic, and a larger tube reel dimension. The quality is excellent and description says it comes with everything to attach the solar reel. The trouble is, it didn't come with any hex bolts to ... read more attach the tube reel sections together, so I had to spend two nights after work running around looking for bolts and nuts that would work and spent another $10. The directions, just as described in every single reel I researched, were ridiculous. The parts list for our model reel was not even correct. Also, the directions seemed to give tips but not fully explain how to put any of it together. Luckily my husband has tools and is handy so together we figured it out.
    2. 4 months ago
      Held up to the winters
      Great reel...no issues, assembly was fairly easy but needed to drill my own holes, no big deal. Much better than other reels friends or I have had in the past. Left outside during winters, still in perfectly good working condition after 4 years.
    3. 2 years ago
      Works well
      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.
    1. 6 years ago
      Good for all solar covers
      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. 1 decade 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. 9 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!
    1. 9 years ago
      Great reel
      Great unit, bearings make rolling and unrolling very simple. Very little effort is need to reel in the 38 ft cover
    2. 1 decade 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.
    3. 8 years ago
      Excellent Reel
      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!
    1. 3 months ago
      Good reel
      I want this real a week ago and it seems to be very well made. I have two suggestions for product Improvement. One is to have a second handle on the opposite side because as the cover rolls crooked you need to straighten it out and with a handle on the other side you would not have to walk back and forth constantly. The second Improvement would be to get rid of the screw in pins and just replace it with a straight push in pin. The threads seem to be difficult to line up especially when they get ... read more a little dirt in them. Other than these two improvements it is a great product.
    2. 2 years 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.
    3. 9 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!
    1. 1 year ago
      Easy to assemble and use
      I have tried several options in solar blankets, the crank type and then the solar rings, BUT this is by far the easiest for 1 person to use of all of them. I am very pleased with this item
    2. 1 year ago
      Does the job
      So far so good! Reels up our 16' x 40' cover with ease
    3. 1 year ago
      Worked great
      We installed the remote solar reel early this summer and it worked well, once we changed the fuse, for 7 weeks. It has stopped working although the batteries and fuses seem to be fine. We are disappointed because it is such a handy thing!
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    More About Pool Solar Reels

    Every swimming pool with a solar blanket is incomplete without one of our pool solar cover reels. Solar cover reels like this inground pool economy solar cover reel are relatively inexpensive and make warming your pool far more convenient by allowing for easy covering and uncovering of swimming pools with your solar blanket. With the help of a pool solar cover reels, pool owners no longer need to struggle with their pool blanket to keep their pool water warm.

    At In the Swim, we offer a wide selection of high quality solar cover reels like the Horizon Signature metal pool reel for both above ground and inground swimming pools. For example, we offer both basic solar cover reels and deluxe low profile solar cover reels with all budgets in mind.

    There are also cover reels with innovative built in casters that make moving your pool blanket out of the way when there are swimmers in the pool. Many solar cover reels offer the use of one handle for single-person use or dual handles to make rolling up the solar cover easier and faster. Our selection of pool solar cover reels also includes commercial grade solar cover reels, commercial grade pool solar cover reels with a unique T base design that provides superior stability as well as a powered solar blanket reel that does all the work for you. With such a great variety of solar blanket reels to choose from, every pool owner can find the solar cover reel that is right for their swimming pool.