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Thread: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

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    Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    Hello,

    I currently have an old Pentair Challenger 1HP single speed pump for my in-ground pool. My local energy company is promoting rebates on VS pumps, in addition to the better operating cost and quiet operation, that is attractive.

    The trouble is most of these VS pumps have control pads that are in an orientation that makes sense for the motor but not for a direct swap out of the Challenger. I am faced with two choices on this pump. Do the direct swap out, set it up in this awkward orientation where the control panel faces away from the operator and then just let it do it's thing.
    Or, maybe rotate the new Pentair SuperFlo VS 90 degrees and re-plumb my pad with some not so friendly pipe locations to get the right suction lead in to the intake. One thing I was thinking about was using a 1 1/2 inch 90 degree large radius PVC sweep on the intake side to accommodate the pipe locations without increasing resistance like a traditional 90 elbow.

    Anyway, I think I am inviting all sorts of problems with the re-plumb idea and wondered what experience others have had using these new VS pumps where the control pad might be inconveniently located?
    Or maybe looking at my existing pad picture, you might have suggestions on ways to re-engineer a workable solution?

    Thanks.

    Paul
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    Re: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    If I'm not mistaken, some of the newer Pentair Intelliflo VS pumps have control panels that can be rotated 180 to suite different layouts.
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    Re: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    Yes, that is true. It is a 3 HP 230 volt solution for $400+ more. Way more HP than my pool needs.

    Thanks for the suggestion but I'd like to stay within a lower budget.
    14000 gal in-ground gunite/plaster, PosiFlow 100 GPM Cartridge system, Hayward 1.5 HP MaxFlo-VS-230 volt Pump, Polaris 280 with booster pump. Raypak 2100 - 266K BTU heater, Nature 2 Zodiac.

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    Re: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    Paul,

    If this were my pool, I would install the pump so that I could read the control panel... The whole idea of a VS pump is so that you can run them slowly... Flow will not be an issue. I would not put a 90 degree elbow right at the pump's input, but 6" down the pipe will not make any discernible difference.. even at full speed.

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
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    Re: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    https://hayward-pool-assets.com/asse...f?fromCDN=true, this pump is comparable in price to the Superflo with a rotating Keypad. You could also move the pump forward quite a bit and there is no need for the pump discharge to go up so high and then come back down into filter

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    Re: Pentair SuperFlo VS pad orientation

    Nice suggestion kadavis and thanks. Sometimes it is tough to find all the product and brand options out there which is why the hive brain here is so great. I'll check out that Hayward.

    Also, not sure why that pump discharge was implemented that way. I inherited it. But if I do decide to install the Hayward, I'll have the opportunity to shorten it which will open up some maneuverable space around the pump and filter. Thanks!
    14000 gal in-ground gunite/plaster, PosiFlow 100 GPM Cartridge system, Hayward 1.5 HP MaxFlo-VS-230 volt Pump, Polaris 280 with booster pump. Raypak 2100 - 266K BTU heater, Nature 2 Zodiac.

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