2010 Intex SWG (Model 54601)

dmanb2b

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Ok, I'm going to rant now :rant: . I just picked up a spare intex SWG for $129 shipped on ebay. I specifically ordered the 56601 (aka 2009 model without copper ionization). To my surprise, the fedex guy just delivered a 54601 which is the 2010 model with copper ionization :hammer: and is actually $30-$40 more expensive. So technically this mess up is a great deal, but I do not want copper ions in my pool when my current SWG dies on me.

OK...so does anyone know how big of a deal this may be? I have heard that the newer model copper ion module can be removed, but I also understand it only puts out half the chlorine the older model does. I'd like to keep my current 3-4 swg run time. Anyone out there use the 2010 model on a larger 13K gal pool and remove the copper ion module? I'd like to hear your feedback before I open the box.

Thanks,

Denis
 

dmanb2b

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Yup...that's my thought process right now...why fix something that's not broken Intex?. I'll see how the seller replies.

Thanks Dave!
 

New2Me

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Jun 2, 2008
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The most expensive thing in the unit is the cell, its made of some kind of unobtainium, I think. By cutting it in half, they cut their cost way down. I've read that disabling the copper ionizer is just a matter of disconnecting the wiring to it, but that still leaves the copper electrode in the water flow, I would remove it too. I've also heard that the newer model has controls that hold the program through a power loss - that might be reason alone to get one. I would like to find a replacement cell that will work with out costing more then the whole thing did. Too bad Intex doesn't just sell the cells!
 

MikeInNH

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Sep 26, 2007
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Southern NH
So you have both models. With the better controls on the new model I wonder if it would run the old models larger cell. The best of both worlds?
 
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