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Thread: Which Intex Sand Filter/Pump???

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    Which Intex Sand Filter/Pump???

    Hi there! I am getting ready to order my first's either going to be the Intex Ultra Frame 18x48 or 18x52. I guess first off, does anyone have any suggestions? The 18x52 is about $100 that extra 4 inches worth $100?

    My real question is regarding a sand filter/pump. Obviously I've read the included pumps are ****, so I'm going to upgrade but I'm not sure what to choose. I also want to get the saltwater system. I've seen on amazon the SW system is about $200, and then sand filter/pumps are about 170-200. Now there is an Intex 56681EG combo that is both the filter/pump and SW system.....any reviews on that? Otherwise I'm kinda stuck between 2650 and the 1600. I've read conflicting reports saying that the 1600 is just fine and that the 2650 just wastes electricity. But then I read the size of the sand filter on the 2650 is well worth the extra $40 compared to the 1600.

    Does anyone have any input or actual reviews? Basically I have two certains......I want the SW system and a sand filter/pump, and my pool will be 18' in diameter (and then either 48" or 52" deep).

    Thanks everyone for your help!!!! LOVE this site!

    Ps. I do plan to hard plum whatever I get (including the "in the wall skimmer"), so if that factors into which of those I choose please let me know! Thanks!

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Denton, TX

    Re: Which Intex Sand Filter/Pump???

    Welcome to TFP!

    We have LOTS of folks here running Intex pools. You should see plenty of relplies.

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    Oct 2011
    New Caney, Texas

    Re: Which Intex Sand Filter/Pump???

    Welcome to the forum!

    I say go with the bigger (deeper) pool.
    On the sand filter I would say the 2650 if the filtering size is bigger. I run the 2000 GPM cartridge but will be hooking up a 22" 1 HP sand filter soon, but not an Intex sand filter.

    Be sure to read Pool School and

    I can recommend a really good test kit, you will need one.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Which Intex Sand Filter/Pump???

    My two cents...Do not buy the combination intex combo scwg/pump/filter. The scwg will probably wear-out before the pump and I do not believe the scwg cell is replaceable. I would just get a separate swg, I have the intex scwg and have been happy with it. There are better pump/filter combinations then the intex for the price if you are willing buy from craigslist, etc.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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