I bought this model along with a Red Baron leaf rake from Purity and couldn't be happier. Huge volume means one removal from the water instead of five or six. The construction of the rake is outstanding. All the components that make up the piece can be replaced. Cost a little more but well worth it. And they're made state-side.
This rake has the excellent connection point which is sturdy and tuff, indeed. The bag on this rake is a fine mesh that helps catch and hold the small debris. It has an interesting design that holds the debris by having a fabric flap inside. This is nice, and does make emptying the bag an extra step, but it is well worth that small amount of extra work. Due to the finer bag, it does produce a bit more drag, so a standard bag is better for leaves, and larger skimming jobs, but this unit is purpose designed for finer debris.
It does what it's supposed to do, rake leaves. Being that this is the silt model, the mesh is much tighter so there is much more drag compared to a more open mesh design. The plus side is that if does pick up more silt and dirt. Best thing is the design of the turned leading edge. This makes picking up leaves and and debris very efficient. My old leaf rake would just puch stuff around on the bottom of the pool. This may cost a little more that others, but it is well worth the price.
I've been using this leaf rake for about 6 months now. I cannot see any signs of wear. I bought this rake because I have pine needles and other small foliage that falls into my pool, a regular leaf rake would lose needles as I went after new ones.
The drag on this rake is noticeable, but the overall task doesn't seem any more difficult. I am really impressed with the quality of the rake, very happy with the performance. I can't see a way to improve on the design, glad I made the purchase.
The rim on this skimmer is extremely tough and rigid, covered with an uninterupted silt basket. I have had serious problems with tiny (and I mean tiny) bugs that cluster in my pool. NOT ANY MORE. The mesh of this net works as advertised and greatly exceeds my wildest expectations - especially for never having seen it in person, but just bought it online based on its description. Definitely professional grade. Absolutely worth the price. This baby will last many seasons, saving me money, as I won't be buying a cheap $20 version every year!!!
I purchased this leaf rake many months ago. It has held up so well and does such a good job that I ordered another one for future use. This is the best leaf rake for those with pools that don't have their pool enclosed. Helen
My pool is surrounded by trees so even during the summer months I have a daily deposit of various debris. Sometimes the "tree yields" doesn't get caught in the regular weave type rakes leaving the pool filter to catch all this stuff floating on the surface. This silt model has completely resolved my problems! It catches EVERYTHING! I was concerned about mobility in the water using a silt rake but this thing just glides right on through. Very impressive. Yes it is a bit on the expensive side but I think it is well worth it. Purity Pools makes very high quality and functional rakes. I highly recommend the silt model.
**Update** Nearly 3 years later this rake is still going strong and is my defacto rake. Having a salt pool, the tops of the handle screws have started to rust but it still works as good as the day I bought it. Go Purity!