I have an installation of a variable speed pump scheduled for Friday of next week, and the wife just called and said when she went to the pool store to sign the pwr company rebate form, they told her they had a salt water chlorine generator on special for $1400 installed (including salt and startup) and wanted to know if I was interested. Originally I was going to install an SWG next year, as I figured with automation, valve acutators, and the SWG I was looking at $4000 minimum, and I already spent $36k cash in the last month on a new car and new A/C for the house, so it wasn't in the budget for this year (plus we're redoing our landscaping in the front and side of the house this year).
The one guy at the store who is knowledgeable about SWGs and automation is out today, so I'm trying to figure out which model it is. I believe it's the Goldline Controls Aqua Plus for 20k and smaller pools (15k gunite, attached spa, Mytilus 150 cartridge filter, no water features, no solar, dedicated vacuum line). From what I can tell, the included automation system looks very basic, and cannot select speeds on the variable speed pump I'm installing. But the installed price is very attractive, and the wife likes the idea of consistent chlorine levels and as little maintenance as possible (I am frequently traveling on business, she is clueless about pool maintenance, and every pool service has been a nightmare) so she says she wants it now and doesn't care about the automation.
It seems that the biggest shortcoming of the automation system included with the Aqua Plus is that it can't control my variable speed pump, so I can't have a one-button mode for spa, nor can I program it to crank up the pump and operate the pool vacuum for a couple hours per day. It can control three valves which is all I have. What else have I not considered?
P.S. I bought a Liquidator that I may end up not installing if I buy the SWG. I may be willing to let it go for a bargain price.