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    Solar Reels

    1. 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.
    2. 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!!!
    3. 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
    1. 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.
    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. 7 years ago
      Love This Reel
      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.
    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
      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.
    2. 2 years ago
      Solar Saddle Pool Hangers
      Since purchasing a RayPak pool heater for my 21' above ground pool, the use of the solar cover is a must in keeping the pool warm over night. These saddle hooks did the job for storing the cover when using the pool. They not only do the job but they look good to. Even if you don't have a pool heater, it makes using the cover on a daily basis easy. Installation was quick and easy as well. Will suggest this item for anyone with a pool.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Great Product
      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.
    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. 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. 3 years 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.
    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 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.
    3. 7 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.
    1. 5 months ago
      Unacceptable Sagging.
      The components of the reel are high quality in comparison to other solar blanket reels I have purchased. However, the aluminum center that the blanket wraps on sags badly when the blanket is wet. I would suggest that you purchase a much longer center reel than necessary so it can be overlapped more than the manufacturers suggested amounts to avoid sagging.
    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. 4 years ago
      4th of July Reel
      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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    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.