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    Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Hello,
    I am a brand new 18 x 48" intex pool owner and had a few questions regarding possiblw pumps and filters for this size pool containing about 7000 gallons. I am not impressed with initial 1500gph pump that is supplied with the pool and would like to upgrade to better equipment. Id like a sand filter, larger pump and eventually a SWG. I have been looking at a few of the Hayward sand pump combos listed here
    http://www.intheswim.com/Pool-Equipment ... und-Pools/
    Is a 1 1/2 hp motor too large for my pool? Can i make it work somehow? Will it work with a SWG? I would like to upgrade to a larger more permanent pool in the next summer or two and want to carry that equipmemt over. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Welcome to TFP!

    As a general rule you want a larger filter and smaller pump than are usually sold in those combination packages. For the pump, a two speed pump will save you a significant amount of money in the long run, since pumps are more efficient when run on low speed. For the filter, you usually want the largest filter you can afford and have room for. Larger filters go longer between backwashes/cleanings and also improve system efficiency.
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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Thank you for the quick reply and great forum! I'd love a 2 speed pump, however I've found that these are quite a bit more expensive so I may not go that route quite yet. Is a 1 1/2 HP pump dangerous for this size of pool?
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Anybody have an input on this? Also.. Hayward vs pentair? I feel as though the 1hp pump and 18" would be a better option?
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Sorry... trying to decide between these two:
    http://www.intheswim.com/Pool-Equipment ... und-Pools/

    Or
    http://www.doheny.com/poolsupplies/Pent ... stems.html

    The 1hp or 1 1/2 hp version..
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    I'd go with #2. The Pentair unit.
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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Why is that? The Pentair is is quite a bit cheaper.. however Hayward seems to be a better name with a "more powerful" pump so they say. Any other pros and cons?
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Pentair actually has a better reputation than Hayward in some parts of the country. It's really a toss up but Pentair because it's cheaper. Actually on your pool the Intex 2650 would be fine.
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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Yeah, I would go with the 2650 but I plan on purchasing a much bigger AGP next year. I just didn't want to try and sell the 2650 next year and purchase another pump/filter again.
    Thanks for everyone's input!
    Marcus Kizer
    - 18' x 48" Ultra Frame Intex AGP 7000 gallons(?),
    Hayward Pro Series 21" Sand Filter and 1 1/2 HP Power Flo Matrix

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    I have the same pool as the previous poster and was looking at the Intex 2650 that you mentioned. So, is it a decent system because the pump the pool came with is horrible!
    Intex 18 x 48 Ultra Frame, 1500 gph Intex Krystal Clean filter pump

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    Re: Pump and Filter upgrade questions and recomendations

    Going with a larger pool next year you're making a good choice to go ahead and get a pump & filter combo that'll work for it.

    The larger combo in either of the two packages you linked to would be a good choice. The 21" in the Hayward or the 22" in the Pentair.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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