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I'm also very tempted by the EcoTech. It appears that there would be around a 1 year payback to replace my vintage 2000, already rebuilt once, 2-speed, 1.5 HP motor on my Hayward SuperPump.
The programming is much more flexible than the other VS replacement motors I've looked at. It has two start time/stop time/speed settings for Monday-Friday and two start time/stop time/speed settings for Saturday-Sunday. If you have an external controller, you can add up to four additional start time/stop time/speed settings.
One hesitation is a hunch that the floodgates are about to open on brands/models/pricing of VS replacement motors. Does anybody's crystal ball give them any insight as to whether it would pay to wait for lower pricing and/or better programmability?
The EcoTech is available in 1.5 HP and 3.0 HP models, with very little difference in pricing. Since VS motors supposedly automatically adjust their power output to the impeller load, does anybody know if there would be any operating cost or functional benefit to oversizing with the 3.0 HP model?
The EcoTech 1.5 HP is currently available from Hydropool.com for $350 with free shipping.