After reading some of the topics about problems with the Intex pumps, I have an opportunity to pick up a used Pentair SD-35 with a 3/4hp Dynamo pump for $100. It had been used two seasons and looked practically new. Will this work as a replacement and improvement over the Intex?
Additionally, I'm thinking it would be a good thing to dump the sand that is in it and start with some new sand. It appears that at some point the filter was upended and I also want to make sure the 6-way valve doesn't have sand in it.
For those that have already retired their Intex pumps, did you remove the valves from the hoses? How did you attach the hoses? Did you use a hose kit for the new pump and modify the Intex connections?
I'm trying to decide if I want to do this or just stick with the Intex.