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Thread: Any experiences with Waterco SupaTuf or Speck 2 speed pumps?

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    Any experiences with Waterco SupaTuf or Speck 2 speed pumps?

    Because of all our swimout spa jets my pool supplier has offered to upgrade us from a 1 1/2 hp Hayward 1 1/2" (single speed) to a Waterco SupaTuf 1 1/2 horse (single speed) with 2" pipe capability. They also offer a Speck 2 speed for only $50 more.
    I really like the 2 speed idea but Speck only offers a 1 yr (vs 2-3 yr) warranty.
    Does anyone have good or bad experiences they can share about any of these pumps (or manufacturers)?

    Our pool will be about 16,000 gallons, 8 spa jets + 2 returns, 2" plumbing, slide and/or water feature, and most likely future solar heat.

    Thanks, John
    "Experience is what you get, just after you needed it."

    Owner DIY build, steel/liner kit, 18x36 Deer Creek, sport depth, approx 17,500 gal,
    Aqua Plus SWG, 1 1/2 hp, 2 speed, 300# sand filter and twin Color logic 4.0s, MX-8 Cleaner.
    My DIY Pool Build

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    Re: Any experiences with Waterco SupaTuf or Speck 2 speed pu

    Take the Speck. Might be a little bit of a PITA to get some parts but the Speck pumps I have seen in service in my area are as reliable as any induction motor equipped pump.

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    Re: Any experiences with Waterco SupaTuf or Speck 2 speed pu

    Agree... I don't have personal experience with either of them, but discussions with people who have indicate that Speck is definitely the way to go. btw, most mfgrs offer only a 1 year warranty if you're only purchasing one piece of equipment from them. The 3 year warranties generally come into play when you're looking at a new build & use pump, filter, +1 of a particular brand.

    Now, the brand won't make much of a difference if you're trying to move more water thru the same size pipe. You can search this forum for topics in hydraulic efficiency based on the size of your plumbing. Each pump has a design flow rate, but it's important to make sure it falls within the proper range for the size of your piping. For instance, if you have 2" plumbing, a 1.5-2.0 hp pump will generally max that pipe out. Moving more water can be done, but it costs you far more in electricity to move the extra water. The cost increases exponentially - as an example, doubling your flow rate can quadruple your cost in electricity. Hayward, Speck, Waterco - won't make a difference in this. In some cases, it is beneficial long-term, to add a 2nd pump just for the therapy jets & reduce the size of the main pump, so you only run the jet pump when needed and you run the smaller pump at a greater efficiency on a daily basis.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Any experiences with Waterco SupaTuf or Speck 2 speed pu

    Thanks guys, I just called Johnny @ Royal Swimming Pools and he upgraded me to the 2 speed Speck 1 1/2 hp w/ 2" inlet outlets for only $50.
    Not that I don't trust the SupaTuf, it does sound like a good pump.

    After researching what people are saying on here about the wasted electricity of an oversized pump single speed, I really saw the reason for a 2 speed.
    Even with our low KWH here (7.8- 10.65 cents) the economics of running a 2 speed makes great sense and should pay for itself many times over its life.
    According to the published flow rates, the low speed on the Speck should still turn over our entire pool volume in less than 8 hours.
    I was glad to hear from you that Speck is a reputable pump manufacturer.

    Thank you for your advice.
    John
    "Experience is what you get, just after you needed it."

    Owner DIY build, steel/liner kit, 18x36 Deer Creek, sport depth, approx 17,500 gal,
    Aqua Plus SWG, 1 1/2 hp, 2 speed, 300# sand filter and twin Color logic 4.0s, MX-8 Cleaner.
    My DIY Pool Build

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