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Thread: Hayward VL sand filter opinions

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    Hayward VL sand filter opinions

    I installed an Intex Ultra Frame 18' x 48" 3 weeks ago and wanted to upgrade to a sand filter. I was deciding between the intex sand 2650 and the Hayward VL. Has anyone used the Hayward and have anything opinions on it? I'm guessing the quality is better then the intex.
    Currently a big sand box with no pool, 18"x54 on order
    Hayward EC40 filter with Hayward 1HP pump, Wanda the Whale
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    Re: Hayward VL sand filter opinions

    I would lean towards the intex 2650, since the vl is only a 13" filter, and the 2650 is 16". Even the intex 1600 gpm sand filter is bigger at 14" than the vl. In addition, the intex 2650 can usually be bought for same/less than the VL.
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    Re: Hayward VL sand filter opinions

    After i got past the Hayward name and really looked at the specs i am going to get the intex 2650. Only need to to last a few years until i put in a metal wall pool. Will the intex pump be enough to run a solar heater or would i need separate pump for that? Next year i want to add a 4ft by 20ft solar panel on my garage roof, not sure if that pump can handle that or do i need to add one just for the panels.
    Currently a big sand box with no pool, 18"x54 on order
    Hayward EC40 filter with Hayward 1HP pump, Wanda the Whale
    SWG

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    Re: Hayward VL sand filter opinions

    I have not seen a pump curve on the intex, nor have I heard of anyone running solar on a roof with it. The issue will be the ability to prime the panels, though once primed I am sure it can move the water through them. From what I have seen of this pump,I would guess that it should be able to prime the panels.
    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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    Re: Hayward VL sand filter opinions

    Thank you for the help. This site has given me tons of info from setting up the pool to keeping it running clean.
    Currently a big sand box with no pool, 18"x54 on order
    Hayward EC40 filter with Hayward 1HP pump, Wanda the Whale
    SWG

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