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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
      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
      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.
    1. 3 years 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.
    2. 2 weeks ago
      All fastened up!
      Great product, works well with the new solar cover
    3. 2 years ago
      Velcro is useless, but there is a way around it.
      Do not waste time with the Velcro! If you have an old set of straps, you can reuse the buckles (or purchase extra buckles that are compatible) and wrap the straps securely around your reel. Simply start by threading the non-Velcro end through the buckle around your reel, tighten it, then following the remaining instructions. You will never have to worry about Velcro coming off and it works amazingly well! There is plenty of strap length to do this, but it does require two buckles per strap which ... read more is not included.
    1. 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.
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    3. 3 years ago
      Good quality.
      I used these straps to replace shorter straps on my reel which is 22" high. They seem to be working quite well.
    1. 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!!!
    2. 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
    3. 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.
    1. 2 years 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!
    2. 2 years ago
      Does the job
      So far so good! Reels up our 16' x 40' cover with ease
    3. 2 years ago
      Great Solar Reel
      I installed it today and it is the greatest product I have ever purchased. Operation is smooth and quiet.
    1. 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!
    2. 3 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.
    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. 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. 2 years ago
      solar blanket reel
      once i figured out how to assemble then it went together rather easily (thanks to youtube videos)... the instructions that come with it are terrible... and attaching the straps took time... it's a nice reel once it's together
    3. 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!
    1. 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.
    2. 2 years ago
      Poor assembling instructions
      We bought the reel couple weeks ago...we have not run it yet but I can tell you that instructions to put it together could be better. Would I recommend to a friend...don't know yet.
    3. 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!
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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.