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    Solar Reels

    1. 2 years ago
      Easy to use
      We use this reel on a commercial pool. Every day in the winter our pool is covered at night. Our last reel broke the first winter and took 2 people to operate. This reel can be used by one person and it has held up.
    2. 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.
    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. 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. 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.
    3. 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
    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
      Great Solar Reel
      I installed it today and it is the greatest product I have ever purchased. Operation is smooth and quiet.
    3. 1 year ago
      Does the job
      So far so good! Reels up our 16' x 40' cover with ease
    1. 2 years ago
      No sagging, but horrible instructions
      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.
    2. 2 years 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.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Rocky's 3A reel
      I purchased a cheap plastic reel 3 years ago and my neighbor purchased a Rocky's - I was penny wise and dollar foolish. I recently purchased a Rocky's from In The Swim and I'm very happy with it. It even holds up well outside in our harsh Wisconsin winters.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great item to have with solar cover reel. Wished velcro worked better. Didn't even last one season.
    2. 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!
    3. 1 decade ago
      Good quality
      These straps hold up the best! We've tried others and they started to disintegrate from sun and chlorine. Because our pool is kidney shaped the directions were helpful to measure and set up the straps for the solar cover to roll up properly.
    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. 8 years ago
      Not bad...But.
      All in all a nice solar reel. Easy to assemble and operate. sturdy enough even at maximun extension. The only drawback is that the straps that attach the cover to the reel rotted away after just one season.
    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. 2 years ago
      Keeps everything neat and off the ground
      Product works as listed. The only thing I didn't like is I had to drill 10 holes into the rail to attach, but the screws are barely visible. It's easy to take the cover off with one person, but two is much easier to get it on instead of one. I have a thicker cover though with bubble type material underneath, so it's hard to pull up without getting stuck on the lip of the pool. So far it seems to hold the weight of the cover, hopefully it lasts for many seasons.
    2. 10 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.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Nice Alternative to the Reels
      We have used a solar reel for about 3 years prior. Everyone in the family hated it! Nobody wanted to be first in the pool or last out. There was always complications. I found this on line and decided it couldn't hurt to try. Wow! The whole family agrees how much easier it is! No more fighting with a big heavy reel and having the stupid blanket get stuck. It is simply: fold and over the edge! The only downfall was installation. It took a few attempts to get the saddles where they needed to be for ... read more proper storage of the blanket.
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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.