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    AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    Have weeded down my choice for a SWG to these two (unless someone else has a really good recommendation). I know all SWG's have their pros and cons, but what say you TFP experts?

    Also, I have spent the weekend reading some horror stories about SWG. Some have said, especially those in SW Florida, that summer rains make it very hard for SWG to work properly. Any truth to that?

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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    Quote Originally Posted by sag365 View Post
    Also, I have spent the weekend reading some horror stories about SWG. Some have said, especially those in SW Florida, that summer rains make it very hard for SWG to work properly. Any truth to that?
    Was that on this forum? The rain should not impact the ability of the SWG to keep up if you have your chemistry balanced.

    Personally I like the Hayward SWGs ... a nice mid-range unit that is widely used and thus easy to find help. Note that without Pentair automation, their SWG is limited to 20% output increments AND the cells are more expensive to replace.
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    Only thing I can think of with rain (a lot) is it would dilute water, lower salt concentration. But I'd think this would be a given - if you have a SWG you have to maintain the salt to within the manufacturers specifications. Doesn't mean the SWG doesn't work correctly.

    As for brand, I'd consider what, if any, automation or other equipment you plan to put in in the future. Try to stick with the same brand for everything where it matters. Otherwise, stand-alone, I'd say the Autopilot over the Pentair due to what jbizzle mentions (and I love my IC40...so far).
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    I have the autopilot, and love it.
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    I love my pentair IC40. Had it 3 years and will get another when the time comes.
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    As you can see op, I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    Think I am going to go with the Hayward!
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    Re: AutoPilot Digital Nano or Pentair Intellichlor IC40......Let the battle begin!

    LOL, that wasn't one of your choices! Plenty of happy people with Hayward SWGs too.
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