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.
7 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.
9 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.
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!!!
8 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
The S6500 for an in-ground works fine but the sticky back Velcro that comes with the kit is so cheap! I attached the sticky backs to my reel and within two days they had all fallen off. Had to go buy some Velcro with better adhesive.
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.
9 years ago
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
5 months ago
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.
We are very very pleased with this solar blanket reel.
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.
9 months ago
Love it even my twin 4 year old grandsons can do it.
I just want to follow up on how I moounted the saddles on a Watson pool with the waffle top rail.I did my research and talked to lots of people and reviewed the manufactures, solarsaddle.net, website and found that if you trim a small amount of the braket it will fit between the waffles just great, and it did. Talked with the customer service and they said that was fine to do since lots do it. Many reviews said it is flimsy it is not it is safe to use and the materials are very tough.
9 years ago
Makes USE of solar cover EASIER!!!
The saddle itself does the job intended...It is now very easy to pull the cover off or back on by ONE person!!!...Just don't drop & lose any hardware as you get the exact amount. Also the pins used to hold the hooks in place are plastic, too easy to slide in or OUT...for end hooks had to use Dremel tool as this is better suited for AG caps that have no criss-cross support under them...But definitely made USING the solar cover a lot easier!!!
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.
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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