Anyone have any experience with these devices?
I was having a discussion with a local pool supplier and I mentioned I was looking for an alternative to cleaning baskets of leaves etc and wanted a stand alone basket that was much larger than that typically installed on consumer quality pool pumps, since I travel frequently I want to eliminate the whole integrated pump/basket to go with a much better quality german made pump I have here which is all stainless construction and is permanent magnet and brushless (its used in lab process equipment). My goal was to have a basket that was 10 times the size so it never clogs, I thought there would be something commercial that might work (which there is) but they all have 4-8" diameter coupling faces which would require some plastic fabrication to fit a standard 1.5-2" pool inlet line.
We theorized that with this device and an 1.5HP open face pump impeller like I have (which would macerate most large material entering the pump) I likely could remove the basket althogether and just wire up a motorized ball valve to the device and flush it every day automatically or even wire in a pressure switch as it gets filled leaving only a motorized multiport device as the only other unit required to make my pool pumping station flush completely automatic control with my PLC controller. Have to admit the level at which it gets small particles down to 50 microns is pretty impressive even if I would have to increase the pump HP slightly to accomodate the head restriction (my original pump is 3/4HP).
I really like the idea of prefiltering the sand filter as opposed to a basket that gets clogged in less than a day if the leaves are falling, which has happened to me on a couple of occasions, not to mention getting away from the plastic closed face cheapo pumps they sell for pools with the integrated basket filter. The device cost about $400 CDN here so its not that expensive especially if you consider never having to worry about cleaning a basket again, probably just replace the skimmer basket with a grate that would allow leaves through but not items like a kids ball which would clog the line.
What do you think?