Hi everyone - first time poster here.
I have a pool that has a negative edge and connected spa. It has three pumps - negative edge, pool filter, and spa jets - all Hayward non-variable speed and connected with an OnCommand system I had put in about a year and a half ago. The OnCommand currently allows me to turn the pool lights on/off, turn the heater on/off, divert the filter pump to the spa to heat it via actuators, and the ability to turn the negative edge pump on/off.
The pool filter pump recently died and my pool person, along with several other local pool people, all seem to be recommending the Pentair Intelliflo over the Hayward Ecostar citing they see far fewer problems with Pentair vs. Hayward pumps. My concern however, is that it seems I will lose some critical functionality by mixing manufacturers and I'm looking for additional data points from others.
I am sort of a set it and forget it type of person and don't feel like I would be constantly tinkering with different speeds. What I do want however is to be able to run the filter pump at high speeds for a couple hours then ratchet it back to low speed for an extended period. I'd also like to be able to run it at full speed when heating the spa. My pool guy has indicated I don't have any spare relays left on my OnCommand system.
Is what I am looking to do doable using a Pentair pump with an OnCommand system? Considering I just bought the OnCommand not too long ago I'd hate to not be able to leverage important functionality but the negative feedback I'm hearing regarding the Ecostar also has me spooked.
Thanks in advance for any tips.