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Thread: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

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    Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    First, thanks for any help that anyone can provide, I've asked this question on another forum and the answer sounds like "you need EasyTouch", but I thought I'd run it past some more eyes and hopefully find out I can save 500 bucks.

    Here's what I need a pool system to be able to do (with schedules):

    In general - Control my Pentair VS pump and 2 valves (one suction (intake) and one return (outlet)), allowing me to automate the movement of the valves (scheduled) and, on demand change some valve positions as well (turn on the waterfall).

    In detail ---
    Scheduled:
    7:30PM-7AM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM
    7AM-9AM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2200RPM
    9AM-6PM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM
    6PM-7:30PM - Intake valve on "cleaner", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2000RPM

    On Demand (from remote control) -
    Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 2200RPM
    Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2200RPM
    Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM (reset to low power state)
    (optional) - Intake valve on "cleaner", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2000RPM (run cleaner on demand)

    Thank you very much for any help you can provide. If I'm "close" to an SunTouch but just need to give up 1-2 functions, please let me know. I don't really need any relays (everything will be hard wired, the controller will just be moving valves and sending commands to the pump).

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    Re: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    Easy Touch because the valve actuators need complete independent control. Sun Touch will move the suction and return sides together and one other independently.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
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    Re: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    Thanks PoolGuy!

    What if I give up independent control and do something like this?

    Scheduled:
    7:30PM-1AM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM (pool mode)
    7AM-9AM - Intake valve on "cleaner", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2000RPM (spa mode)
    9AM-10AM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 2200RPM (pool mode, skim the pool)
    10AM-6PM - Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM (pool mode, just run the filter)
    6PM-7:30PM - Intake valve on "cleaner", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2000RPM (spa mode, run the waterfall)

    On Demand (from remote control) -
    Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 2200RPM (skim the pool - spa button)
    Intake valve on "cleaner", Outlet valve on "waterfall", Pump Speed 2000RPM (run the waterfall "A" button)
    Intake valve on "skimmer", Outlet valve on "jets", Pump Speed 1000RPM (reset to low power state "B" button)

    The 3 speeds that I'm going to use are already programmed into my VS pump (button 1, 2, and 3).

    Also, is there anyway to setup the actuators so that they don't "totally" close off a valve when they move (for example, instead of doing a full 180 degree, only do 170 degrees)?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    The controller will over ride the pump.

    Actuators can be set to turn any number of degrees internally.

    The use of Easy Touch will allow you to set each of the actuators to turn left or right as needed.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

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    Re: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    Thanks again PoolGuy.

    When you say the controller will override the pump, you just mean that any schedules that I have set on the pump won't actually do anything, right? I can still schedule the pump to run at a certain time (with the valves in a certain position), at a certain RPM, right? And I'd still be able to have 3 different pump speeds (for the different features)?

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    Re: Suntouch vs Easytouch for simple installation

    You can have multiple schedules with Easy Touch, no problem there. It will tell the pump what speed to run at.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

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