Hey all, new to the forum, but seems like a great resource and good place to talk to people that know their pools.
I just bought a home and it has a fiberglass in-ground pool put in the 1980s. It has NO spa, NO solar heating. a few skimmers. very basic setup.
Size: Pool is 33' x 12' x 4.5' average. my calculations put it at about 14,000 gallons.
Filter: STA-RITE PTM70 Posi-flo II cartridge filter. NO pump and an inline chlorinator by sta-rite. Looks like there is a timer box that the electrical conduit is running from to the pump, so has a timer.
I have been doing a ton of research on pumps and wanted to get some opinions.
my electricity rate is 11cents / kwh in Tampa area.
I was looking at a 2 speed pump / motor or a variable speed motor. I want to get a decent build quality pump. Have been focused on the Pentair / Sta-rite pumps.
I found a 2 year old Max-e-pro 1.5 HP pump on craigslist for cheap $75.. wondering if I can just get that, and buy a new 2 speed motor 1HP?? is it pretty easy to add a motor to the pump? total cost would be $300 or so for a 2 speed max-e-pro setup? or am i missing something?
I have heard Max-e-pro and whisperflo are great choices for good quality / reliability.
I also have considered the intelliflo VS, i can get the Intelliflo for $850 online...
Basically just would like someone knowledgeable to point me in the right direction..
1. NEW 2 speed
2. NEW Variable Speed
3. Try to get thrifty and get good quality pump and replace motor with a new one...
Any help you can give me would be very helpful.