I love how easy this reel makes taking my solar blanket off my pool. Before I got this reel I was pulling my blanket off to the side so I could go swimming. Now I just turn the handle and my 12' x 40' blanket rolls up easily and I have the whole pool to swim in. It is easy for me to unroll also -- I just stay in the pool once done swimming, and then gradually pull it to the opposite end. I am very happy with this reel and would recommend it highly.
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.
10 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.
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!
2 years 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.
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.
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.
10 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.
9 months 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.
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.
5 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.
10 months ago
poor planning concerning velcro
The directions were to place Velcro on the reel and then attach straps to that and adjust buckles. The Velcro was not strong enough to do the job. I found a way to put the straps around the reel, adjust the buckle to draw the cover close to the reel. This made it easier to reel the cover in and it wound neatly with no help from a second person.
Works well and provides good heat retention. in order to un- roll from take up reel, you must grab both sides and pull off reel. One side has a seamed edge and the other does not, which could lead to popping and damage to side of cover. Our pool is 16 x 32 and maybe this lack of edge is for this size only.
10 years 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.
8 months ago
Fantastic reel! Sturdy and compact. Love the anchors to hold down in place. Only minor improvement would be to make the anchors slightly longer and maybe more corse thread or other way to have them engage more easily with less chance of cross threading. Otherwise great reel and would recommend to anyone.
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!!!
9 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
Bought the reel for the 4th of July party & it came on time. But, all the hardware was missing. Used the old for the 4th. Contacted In the Swim & they had the hardware to me the following week. Assembly was fairly easy, but difficult to keep the tube straight. Ended up with a slight permanent bend in the tube. Once assemblied the reel works well. The unit as a whole is well made.
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10 months ago
Better than other versions
My lighter one just broke at the turning handle. This version is much stronger. Easy to assemble.
2 years ago
We are very very pleased with this solar blanket reel.
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.
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.
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