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    Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    So I've tried searching and could not find an answer...

    I am planning on my first winterization...going to do myself. And I know I need to blow out the lines...I see many people use Shop Vac like the link below.

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_127133-20097-5872411_0_

    However, why does a dedicated pool blower http://www.amazon.com/Air-Supply-Cyc...productDetailscost so much more, for yet an even smaller HP motor ?

    If I have a compressor and a shop vac that blows - is that all I really need - what advantages would the "Air Supply" unit provide me.

    If it matters, I have 2" lines everywhere - with 6 spa jets(returns) 3 regular returns, skimmer and dual main drains.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    The blower produces more pressure than a shop vac will. If you have to blow the main drain you may need more pressure than a shop vac will supply. The blower also produces more volume than a air compressor will and that's required in some installations to make sure you get all the water out.
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    The blower produces more pressure than a shop vac will. If you have to blow the main drain you may need more pressure than a shop vac will supply. The blower also produces more volume than a air compressor will and that's required in some installations to make sure you get all the water out.

    Shop Vac won't supply enough pressure for my main drain ... i need to use an air compressor.
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    Ok....thanks for the feedback...it looks like I gotta buy something else. I guess though I could try my compressor and shop vac first...
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    Quote Originally Posted by toofast
    Ok....thanks for the feedback...it looks like I gotta buy something else. I guess though I could try my compressor and shop vac first...

    a regular air compressor works fine for me
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    Quote Originally Posted by ship of fools
    a regular air compressor works fine for me
    I see you have 21,000 gal.. how deep are your main drains? We are doing our own close this year, have a shop vac & an air compressor... but my husband's friend swore up & down he HAD to have this other contraption. Our deep end is 8 feet - could that have anything to do with it???
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy9887
    Quote Originally Posted by ship of fools
    a regular air compressor works fine for me
    I see you have 21,000 gal.. how deep are your main drains? We are doing our own close this year, have a shop vac & an air compressor... but my husband's friend swore up & down he HAD to have this other contraption. Our deep end is 8 feet - could that have anything to do with it???

    nope ..... my deep end is 8 feet or so as well

    i use an air compressor and duct tape to secure it in the piping .... that is use # 10,005 for duct tape
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    Re: Winterizing Blower - Why such difference in price

    I have the 3HP Cyclone Vac, I just did a test and hooked it to my skimmer gizmo. I closed all valves with the exception of the MD, turned it on and within seconds I had an eruption of water bubbling out of the deep end, the water looked like it was boiling! If you can afford the Cyclone, go with that!

    I actually bought mine to put my liner in, so it saved me a ton there (thousands) and now will save me with winterizing!
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