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    Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    I haven't switched out my 1hp Max E Glas 2 pump for a new VS yet, but was ready to get the Pentair Intelliflo 10118, but then I just saw the Pentair 342001 SuperFlo VS Variable Speed Pool Pump which is a few $$ less. I am going to install Pool Solar heating panels, and want to know what pump will be more economical for me. I will also be running a Pentair legend cleaner that is currently running on a Booster pump. The suction Pipe to Pool Pump is 2" and the return line from the Filter to the Pool 1.5". My Pool is only 13,000 Gallons and 5ft Deep.
    My pool: 18x32 White Plaster 13,000 Gal w/ Pentair Intelliflo 2 VST, 3/4hp Pentair Booster Pump for Pentair Legend Pool Cleaner, Sta-Rite 300 Mod Media S7M120 Filter, Heliocol Solar Panels, Pentair Solar Touch Controller, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit.

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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    Well, the Intellifo is certainly overkill for your pool needs. If that is the latest Superflo VS that allow for external inputs to switch speeds, it should interface with some basic solar controllers to automatically switch speeds. It should also be strong enough to run a decent sized solar array assuming it is not on a 3rd story house or something.
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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    How do you like your Heliocol Panels? That is what I am looking to install.
    My pool: 18x32 White Plaster 13,000 Gal w/ Pentair Intelliflo 2 VST, 3/4hp Pentair Booster Pump for Pentair Legend Pool Cleaner, Sta-Rite 300 Mod Media S7M120 Filter, Heliocol Solar Panels, Pentair Solar Touch Controller, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit.

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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    Pool was over 80 degrees a few weeks ago after only being turned on for a week
    Although since then the weather has cooled and the temp dropped (since I do not use a cover)

    I did a self install with used panels off of craigslist.
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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    I just got a Quote from Solaron for $6,300 but that includes a new Pentair Intelliflo VS with install for 1,450 and the pentair Auto Solar Controller for $450. I can purchase the Superflo VS for $625 new and the same solar controller for $200 new online. That will save me a little over $1,000. I live in Northern California, and the Temps can reach easy 90's in the summer months, so solar should be an inexpensive way to heat the pool. Without it, my pool stays between 72-75 degrees.
    My pool: 18x32 White Plaster 13,000 Gal w/ Pentair Intelliflo 2 VST, 3/4hp Pentair Booster Pump for Pentair Legend Pool Cleaner, Sta-Rite 300 Mod Media S7M120 Filter, Heliocol Solar Panels, Pentair Solar Touch Controller, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit.

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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    After buying all the parts I did not realize I was missing and plumbing everything up with a control, valve, etc. I have about $1500 into my 500 sqft setup. Which is less than 1/3 of what new would have likely cost.
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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    Yes, the 342001 is the new version of the VS Superflo that allows external speed control with a relay. The 342000 is the older version with no external control. Here are some other options from where I got my Pentair solar gear.

    Sunplay Pentair SolarTouch Control System 521592 | Pentair 521592
    Sunplay Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump 011018 | Pentair 011018
    Sunplay Pentair SuperFlo VS Pump 342001 | Pentair 342001
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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    Thank you for the Websites for the Solar Gear!!
    My pool: 18x32 White Plaster 13,000 Gal w/ Pentair Intelliflo 2 VST, 3/4hp Pentair Booster Pump for Pentair Legend Pool Cleaner, Sta-Rite 300 Mod Media S7M120 Filter, Heliocol Solar Panels, Pentair Solar Touch Controller, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit.

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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    What about the vari green 165? It bolts on to most pumps and is 400 out the door at some places. Pretty sure it has relay control. You could use the Intellitouch 2 speed relay if you only need two speeds. Maybe use AUX relays for more speeds. Just a thought for you.

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    Re: Choice between 2 VS Pumps

    Thanks, I'll take a look at it.
    My pool: 18x32 White Plaster 13,000 Gal w/ Pentair Intelliflo 2 VST, 3/4hp Pentair Booster Pump for Pentair Legend Pool Cleaner, Sta-Rite 300 Mod Media S7M120 Filter, Heliocol Solar Panels, Pentair Solar Touch Controller, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit.

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