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    Solar Reels

    1. 2 years ago
      Really is an EASY rolling reel.
      Sturdy, rolls easily and locks down securely. Be sure to follow directions to lube the bushings for best performance.
    2. 2 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 2 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. 7 months ago
      Great value
      I bought this as it was commercial grade. The directions are good take time to do it right. It is not a guick assembly but when complete is well worth it. When measuring the pole lenght make sure to add in the base wheel support on both sides so you have room to wheel it. My old one was 18 ft. but with the wheel assembly I went to 20.. It rolls a 18x36 16 mil cover very easily
    3. 1 year ago
      Average roller for the price
      I have only used the roller for a few days but here is my experience so far. 1. The assembly process was tougher than it needed to be. The directions are horrible. You do need to drill to set the length but it is not clear. This could be assemblied so much quicker if the dirrections were more than a page and a half. 2. I have a 40 foot long cover and this does roll that cover up but I was a little surprised that it took some muscle. With improved bearings it would be a great product. I am ... read more sure that if you are not in better than average shape you can do it. My 66 year old father and 27 year old sister stuggeled to do on their own. 3. Very stable 4. Overall it is good product but I am not sure for the money it is worth it. A few small changes and it would be something I highly recommend, not sure I do right now.
    1. 5 months ago
      Quick suggestion for those complaints about velcro
      I have a fix for the Velcro problem. I bought snaps mounted with self tapping screws at my local marine supply store. I then set the self tapping (male) portion in my aluminum reel and set the (female) snap caps in the nylon web. Voila! A secure and permanent attachment! Perhaps a manufacturer could upgrade the kit to include the snaps already set in the nylon straps?
    2. 1 decade ago
      Easy Installation
      This is only the 2nd set of straps we have used on our solar cover. This set was faster and easier to install. The 1st set (not the same brand) started to fray and come apart in the 2nd season - so we will see how long this set lasts. Hopefully more than 2 seasons.
    3. 1 decade ago
      Great item to have with solar cover reel. Wished velcro worked better. Didn't even last one season.
    1. 2 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. 2 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. 1 year 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. 1 year ago
      Easy to assemble and use
      I have tried several options in solar blankets, the crank type and then the solar rings, BUT this is by far the easiest for 1 person to use of all of them. I am very pleased with this item
    1. 3 years ago
      Easy Operation
      Great reel! Would recommend casters for oval pools. They allow the reel to move, keeping the cover centered. My last reel was a plastic, stationary unit, sold here. Always a hassle to get the cover even and the sun ate up the plastic in about 6 years.
    2. 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.
    3. 9 years ago
      Great reel
      Great unit, bearings make rolling and unrolling very simple. Very little effort is need to reel in the 38 ft cover
    1. 1 decade ago
      Nice Alternative to the Reels
      We have used a solar reel for about 3 years prior. Everyone in the family hated it! Nobody wanted to be first in the pool or last out. There was always complications. I found this on line and decided it couldn't hurt to try. Wow! The whole family agrees how much easier it is! No more fighting with a big heavy reel and having the stupid blanket get stuck. It is simply: fold and over the edge! The only downfall was installation. It took a few attempts to get the saddles where they needed to be for ... read more proper storage of the blanket.
    2. 1 year 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 year 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 !
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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.