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    Solar Reels

    1. 2 months ago
      Very easy to roll up, looks/feels heavy duty.
      Nice so far, a small clicking sound on one side (maybe a bearing), only have used it for 2 weeks. Will update review if it gets worse.
    2. 3 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.
    3. 1 year 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.
    1. 2 years ago
      Complicated assembly/ electrical
      I purchased the pool boy 1 so I would not have to worry about batteries dying and also because of the adjustable height. I definitely needed the highest setting. My pool is a lazy L shape and the cover has to be folded to fit the wheel. However I thought the pool boy would just plug into an outlet. That is not the case. There is a power supply box that has to be mounted on the side of the house and then that gets plugged into an outlet. The assembly of the unit itself requires drilling through ... read more the metal reel in addition to the grounding and running the power supply. It is definitely not for the average homeowner to assemble themselves unless you are an electrician and are more than mechanically inclined.... once it is assembled, it works fine. It does not come with the reel attachment kit as advertised. I purchased the universal attachment kit from in the swim and it literally just had adhesive strips to "glue" the straps on the wheel. Didnt even stay on for one reeling (cover is heavy and wet...terrible design). I went to the hardware store and purchased washers and screws and drilled the straps on with those. Has not come off since
    2. 5 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!
    3. 6 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.
    1. 3 years 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.
    2. 9 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!
    3. 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.
    1. 2 months ago
      Rocky's solar blanket reel strap kit.
      Need Rocky's Solar blanket reel strap kit to attach to my Rocky's attachment.
    2. 3 years ago
      Does the trick
      This works perfect for the manufactures specifications. I attached a twelve mi. cover and couldn't be happier. The Velcro is only there to help with adjusting, when you are happy with the placement it recommends using self tap screws to secure the strap. The strapping itself is waterproof and stands up to a wet environment. I like that the grommets stay put and are designed to stay together. That being said make sure your happy with your pal cement before you put them together or you aren't getting them apart.
    3. 2 months ago
    1. 1 decade ago
      Wonderful purchase
      This reel system is the best. It is easy for one person to use, especially to roll up the solar cover onto the reel because of the locking mechanism. It does not sag and the wheels make it very easy to roll out of the way. The only tricky part is to unroll the cover by yourself. It requires a little practice.
    2. 2 years ago
      solid and smooth
      Bought this to replace our old system. directions were clear and easy to follow. System is solid and operation smooth. Note: 10 year warranty registration inside package states must be registered within 30 days of purchase.
    3. 1 decade 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. 3 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
    2. 2 years 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. 3 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!!!
    1. 2 years ago
      Solar Saddles are GREAT !
      I have an 18 x 33 oval above ground pool and installed the saddles on both ends of the pool .I cut the solar cover in half and store half on each end making it much easier for one person to handle the cover born on and off !
    2. 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.
    3. 1 decade 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 2 months ago
      All fastened up!
      Great product, works well with the new solar cover
    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.
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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 our inground pool economy solar cover reel are relatively inexpensive and make warming your pool far more convenient by allowing for easy covering and removal of your solar blanket. With the help of our 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 from Rocky's, Pool Boy, Horizon and GLI 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 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 heavy duty commercial grade solar cover reels, 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.