Thank you for any input!
I always try to search a forum, before asking stupid questions that have been ask a hundred times before. I know Gary has a lot of knowledge on softeners, but no one seems to be answer these questions completely.
My problem and questions
I have well water at my house with a model whes whirlpool softener. I have 14 ppg hardness with 5 ppg iron. I installed this softener in 10/06. Just 2 people live in the house with very minimal water useage. The softener seems to operate fine. it brines, backwashes, and etc. This softener, according to the manual should be able to handle this load easily. This whirlpool did a fine job when I installed it, but the salt bridged on me and I didn't catch the problem for a month or so. It seems that the resin bed is fouled (with iron)or shot. I get very little soft water.
Will the product, Iron out wear out (sic) or hurt the resin bed with multiple use or does it actually help the longevity?
What is the best way to clean the resin bed?
I know Gary likes the sst-60 resin, but what the heck is a turbolater. ( I assume it is on the end of the drop line in the resin tank.)
I have read that a resin bed should last 10 or 15 years as long as you aren't running chlorine thru it . Is this true.
Any insight is greatly appreciated !!

I could replace the resin but at 150 to 200 dollars I wonder if I should just get a new softener.
Where is the best place to get resin? Any resin that is better than the next? I know to use fine resin for the iron removal.
Thank you !!