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    Default Fleck Mechanical vs SXT

    Hello,

    I'm getting ready to order a water softener for my first home, and I need advice. I've decided on getting a Fleck 9000 twin-tank setup (48k gr capacity), and I'm trying to decide whether I should go with the mechanical or digital setup.

    Through searching online, so far the only things I have seen is that the mechanical seems to be more durable yet harder to set up, while the digital seems to be easier to set up along with a time option on regeneration yet people are worried about durability of these units.

    So negating price (actually, ohiopurewaterco is showing the digital system as cheaper right now), what are people's opinions on this topic?

    Thanks!

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    Both set ups are very good.
    As you point out that there are some pros and cons to either..
    What was the water test?
    The SXT can go to a higher gallon setting while the older style has either the standard or ext meter... so there is that part of the 9100.
    The SXT can do a bit finner tune in the gallon settings, timer settings... and can be set for a day default where the older style can not.

    I would take either one, for me to pick one it would depend on the house, water test and number of people there at the time.

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    I'm probably going to get my head bitten off for this, but I haven't actually gotten the water tested at my house yet. I do think I should, but I haven't yet at least. I'm going off of test results done by my local water provider of the water that leaves the facility currently. I'm not sure how much worse water can get on the trip to my home, but I do know I should get testing done just to verify what I'll be dealing with.

    Their test results showed very high hardness at 23gpg and no real iron content, ~1ppm chlorine. I didn't see anything that I should be concerned about. Is there anything that normally would spike up between them and my house?

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    Most likely no for the spiking from plant to your house.
    There might be a season change, I know that around here there are some wells that change in different parts of the year..

    If it is city water then there should really be no need to test the water.

    That said, the SXT is still new, only about 1-2 years out.... I know that the old SE when it first came out had a few challenges and there where changes made over the years and now there is the SXT.. There may or may not be challenges with this control, time will tell. I know that the older style is bullet proof and little to nothing goes wrong..

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    Thanks for the quick replies! I've got an appointment set up to get my water tested tomorrow, better safe than sorry.

    How difficult is the mechanical version to program though for someone like me who has never had a water softener before? I'm leaning toward the SXT right now, partially since it seems like the durability of the circuit board is the only question mark and it seems to have more functionality, and mostly since for some reason the SXT softener package is cheaper than the mechanical package @ ohiopurewaterco right now (not sure why since the unit by itself is more expensive?)...

    As for ohiopurewaterco, is anyone familiar with their standard Hi Capacity resin (it appears to be generic)? I'm going to need to decide if I should upgrade to the SST-60 resin or not.

    Thanks!

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    For sheer ease of set up and service I think I would opt for a Clack WS-1 if you are installing it yourself.
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