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Review: Little Giant APCP-1700 13-HP Automatic Pool Cover Submersible Pump
Little Giant APCP 1700 13 HP Automatic Pool Cover Submersible Pump
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Little Giant APCP 1700 13 HP Automatic Pool Cover Submersible Pump
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Amazon Price: $148.99 $148.99 (as of October 14, 2018 12:49 pm –
Ideal for removing water from all types of pool covers or draining your pool, spa or pond, this automatic pump handles any size job. Easily attaches to most garden hoses and activates in 2 inches of water. Can pump up to 1700 gallons per hour and includes 25 foot, 110v power cord. Garden Hose – not included.
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Take a pool cover professional’s word for it; this pump is the best you can get for the money.
I am a crew supervisor for an Automatic Pool Cover company. This is the pump that we provide with our systems. It is leaps and bounds better than Rule’s cover pump. Float sensors are the way to go. I see a lot of reviews bashing this pump and I can guarantee that at least 3/4 of these “faulty” pumps are simply air-locked. This is almost always caused by using a hose that’s too long or going up hill with your hose. While the instructions for the pump say to use a hose no longer than 22 feet, I’d recommend keeping it below 15′, if possible. If you must use a longer hose, it is imperative that you go downhill with it and try to keep it from coiling up at all. In a Winter setting, residual water in the hose can freeze up, causing the pump to continuously pump against a wall of ice. This will not only keep your pump from removing water from your cover, but it will eventually burn out your pump. I recommend using heat tape on the hose or using a Cover Blast nozzle (follow link at bottom of review). As for those having broken parts, and such, I can’t speak for that. We haven’t had any issues with broken parts and we sell at least 125 of these pumps every year. I only give this pump 4 stars due to misinformation given about the pump by Little Giant. They tell you that it pumps 1800 gallons per hour, but you have to look closer to realize that you need a 1 foot long, 1″ OD hose to make that happen and your average garden hose is 3/4″ OD. If you use a standard garden hose any longer than 10 feet, you’re going to be lucky to get over 800 gallons per hour. Another reason for the loss of a fifth star is that their GPH measurements are contradicting and seem to have been measured by a child. However, I challenge you to find a better pool cover pump for under $200.00. http://www.amazon.com/Coverblast-Winter-Cover-Attachment-Accessory/dp/B00ENTUEGE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446568678&sr=8-1&keywords=cover+blast
Much Better than Rule
We have previously owned 3 Rule pumps and finally got sick of them constantly cycling to see if there is water present. And losing the little screen. And getting ice in the unit and wrecking the whole motor. At $200 for a Rule, we decided to try the Little Giant. It has no losable screen and it doesn’t cycle. It comes on when the water comes up. And the cord is longer. And the unit is a one piece heavy molded plastic. We’ve only had it three months but it works great. I also bought the extra insurance in case it breaks after the normal warranty period. I don’t expect ice to damage it but if it does, the warranty or insurance can cover that.
Survived a cold, snowy winter
I might have misused this pump but it took it like a champ. I had a tarp over my pool over the winter, and this pump sitting in the center of the tarp with a garden hose running to a ditch. The pump was plugged into a power outlet all winter; I got rain, I got snow, I got below zero temperatures, I got thaws, and I am sure the discharge hose was frequently frozen solid. No matter what, when the pump was able to push water through that hose, it did, and my pool-cover-tarp was taken care of.
This “little” guy seemed really heavy taking it out of the box and I wasn’t sure it would even sit on my pool cover. However, the weight wasn’t an issue and this thing really pumps a lot of water. I didn’t measure the “1700 GPH” but after an hour of very heavy rain, I had basically no water on my pool cover. The internal design with the float switch is well made too. In combo with Coverblast Pool Winter Cover Pump Attachment Accessory this pump is going to be a keeper for many seasons to come.
I was skeptical of the reviews and I particularly did not like the shape of it
Rain, snow, sleet, this thing works without skipping a beat. I was skeptical of the reviews and I particularly did not like the shape of it. The only thing I do not like about it is that it does not start automatically when I leave it plug in as the rain accumulate over time on top of my pool safety cover. Every now and then I have to come out in the rain to unplug and plug it in again…..and that’s because I am picky!! 😉 but hey It works and it is very powerful for the price range. I am sure there are other products out there that’s better but they are probably more expensive. this pump sucks water from my pool 10 feet below ground and carry it across my 150 feet long hose with no problem. Mind you over the past months I have dropped it 5 times already. It still works! I would recommend. I will buy another one again, if I ever have to.
This pump is amazing! I have tried others that were pathetic
This pump is amazing! I have tried others that were pathetic. Only issue I have had is the pump leaning sideways twice and the motor didn’t shut off. I have an above ground pool and this is just one of those things that can happen. I did figure out a way to eliminate the tipping…I had an old 12inx16in plastic “milk crate” that has holes in the sides and bottom (allowing water to get to the pump). I did have to cut one place on the crate to make a hole wider to get the hose connector thru at the level of the connection with the pump to prevent any angling of the pump bottom. No problems with the pump leaning anymore. This pump is worth the money! Update: a week ago we were ready to take the pool cover off and there was a very minimum amount of water on the cover to deal with even though we had a good bit of rain the week prior. It was the easiest cover removal in 8 years of owning this house that came with the existing pool. I am a BIG fan of the Little Giant!!!
Best Purchase I’ve Made In A Long Time!!
This may be the best purchase that I have ever made. Before buying this automatic pool cover pump, every time it rained I would put on my rain jacket and go out to the garage and get the pool cover pump and hook the hose up and plug it in and use the pool brush to push it out to the middle to slowly pump the water off the cover. It got clogged easily. It stopped working frequently. And that one cost me probably 2/3 of what this one cost.
Great pump overall
Great pump overall. We get a lot of leaves on the pool cover and, if left unattended, the pump will get clogged. Understandable, but what I don’t like is that the pump will continue to run and run even though it can’t suck water. Although that hasn’t happened to me, it seems like that would burn the motor out? I always run out and clear the area around the pump. other than that – love it!
This pump is heavier than I would have expected for something that is going to rest on a vinyl swimming pool cover all winter, but it sure works as advertised. It came on right away and pumped with quite a bit of power until almost all the water was gone from my pool cover tarp. I called the manufacturer to see how powerful the pump is, and they said it will pump seven vertical feet, which is plenty high for most applications. The motor is very quiet. It won’t disturb me or the neighbors when it comes on in the middle of the night to drain the pool cover of collected water from a rainfall.