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    Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    I have been happy with the filtering performance but need to replace my Tagelus TA-60 due to a leak in the tank.

    I will most likely replace it with a filter/multi-valve combo so am wondering if you guys can weigh in on brand preference and why you like what you like?

    Price is certainly a big consideration but reliability/ease of use might outweigh cost if there are big differences between brands.

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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    If you stick with the major brands, then I am not sure there is very much difference between them.
    After all it is just a big bucket of sand
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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    If you're happy with the Tagelus, I see no reason to change. The only suggestion I'd make is that I'd go with the TA-80 for a pool your size.
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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    Thanks for the responses guys.

    I agree on the tank; brand probably doesn't matter. I was asking more about any differences in the valves or internal components between brands.

    For example, Sand Dollar SD-60 is available with or without "Clear-Pro Technology". Is it worth the $50 difference in price?

    Also, thanks for the suggestion about upsizing. If I do that, are there any issues operating with the same size pumps and motors?
    24000 gal vinyl IG; CPSC36 SWG, TA-60 Sand Filter

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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    I'd have gotten the clear pro (at least the Pentair version) for mine if it were available - just as an experiment. But, for my filter's size, they don't make it. But I have to say, my water is CRYSTAL clear right now, so I really didn't have any reason to want it.
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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    I am not sure pentair sells a TA80 now, they do sell the sand dollar line in a SD80. With that said, I would probably go larger and look at the TA100D which is in line with our recommended size for you volume pool. I do not believe that comes in a clear-pro version. In regards to the clear-pro technology, we have not had much user experience posted on here.
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    Re: Sand Filter Brands - Pros and Cons?

    I wouldn't pay extra for the clear-pro.
    I have a SD-60 and am happy with it. I'd suggest going with the SD-80 or TA-100.
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