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    Advice on new salt water generator

    Hi There

    Does anyone have any opinions or thoughts about Astral brand salt water generators? I have a Hayward Aqua Nature salt water system that was constantly reading "low salt" when water tests proved the opposite - was actually quite high and pool water tasted like the ocean. I finally submitted to using 3" pucks to get me through the tail-end of 2015 pool season here in Montreal, QC. I consulted a pool pro and he suggested the Astral e25. I didn't see a heck of a lot online about this line of products other than It appears to be Australian. Pool pro said the T Cell has full replacement warranty of 3 years and the control panel 2. Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance
    21' AGP 52" depth, Hayward Turbo Flow 2 1.5HP pump, Hayward Sand Filter.

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    Re: Advice on new salt water generator

    Welcome to TFP

    The AU SWG companies have been doing this for a long time, I have not heard of this company but Curcupool started there and that is what I have, love it so far I am not sure of all the systems you can get up there but here is a great comparison chart to see how they stack up

    Full Market Comparison of Salt Water Chlorine Generators for Swimming Pools
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    Re: Advice on new salt water generator

    how long have you had the circupool swg? I am trying to get an idea as to how long they are lasting for people.
    25,000 IG plaster pool. DE Pentair 60 gallons. Hayward pump with Single speed AO Smith 2.4 hp motor. Pool installed probably 20 yrs ago. Taylor water tesing kit.

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    Re: Advice on new salt water generator

    Quote Originally Posted by j_m_min View Post
    how long have you had the circupool swg? I am trying to get an idea as to how long they are lasting for people.
    I am going on 2 years so not very long
    Pool: Intex 16x32 15000 gal, 2 speed 340042, Pentair CC320 Filter, CircuPool SJ45 Salt System, Intermatic PE653RC; Hot Tub: 650 Gal SWG Megachlor
    links: pool school * Recommended-Levels * SLAM * CYA chart * Test kits * How To Post Pictures * Poolmath * OCLT ** Support your website if we helped you :) **

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    Re: Advice on new salt water generator

    Thanks for the welcome and the reply, cowboycasey!

    We haven't got a lot of choice here. Club Piscine & Trevi are our major Quebec retailers and they only carry Hayward products. Independent pool pros here sell out of region products (like Astral) but warranty issues have to be dealt with by them. 1st year is free but years 2-3 carry a $50 - $75 per visit fee for a warranty-related issue. I lost confidence in Hayward so at this point, I think rather than roll the dice again on another SWG - I'm going to give the BBB method a go this summer. I just bought a Taylor k-2006 test kit and will have to start stocking up on bleach!
    21' AGP 52" depth, Hayward Turbo Flow 2 1.5HP pump, Hayward Sand Filter.

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