Kohler Spa still going strong after 33 years in operation Click to enlarge
Today was a vintage day. A service call came in for what I was told was an older Kohler Spa inside a home in North West Grand Rapids. To my surprise it was older in fact it was probably the oldest residential Kohler Spa I have had the pleasure to work on. A "Kohler Super Spa" was the factory name custom installed in 1980 from a local plumbing company. I know 1980 wasn't that long ago but it was for the Spa industry and the start of the soon to be Portable Hot Tub manufacturing boom times. This Spa was not portable meaning it was not a one piece unit that could be moved, hooked up electrically and filled with a garden hose. Yes spas can be and still are installed this way today. The shell is one piece but had to be installed into a floor or deck, inside or outside, to be stable. The equipment (Pumps, Filter, Heater and Controls) were installed in another location, this one had it's equipment in the basement beneath the unit with the necessary plumbing pipes attached. One of the most unique features of this unit was the Optional Table that was mounted to the main water pump suction assembly in the bottom of the tub. The repairs needed were some tweeking to the function control relays, which run the jets and bubbles, and the Heater had a limit sensor problem which was taken care of. I did find out from the owner that he had spent $4000.00 in 1980 to have this unit installed. Happy Hot Tubbin! Jeff D, www.spatecservice.comCheck out an Original Advertisement below.
1981 Advertisement for KOHLER Super Spa
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THE BOLD LOOK OF KOHLER
At the edge of your imagination lies a new frontier of comfort. The Super Spa. Installed indoors or out, with optional fixed or floating teakwood table. A practical alternative to a swimming pool, serving as both hot tub and whirlpool. Shown in Sequoia, one of a variety of exciting colors. For those who prefer their comfort with a different slant. Kohler's Spa Ville D'eau features a chaise lounge and modified triangular form with gently contoured sides. For a full-color catalog, contact your Kohler dealer listed in the Yellow Pages or send one dollar to: Kohler Company, Dept. SPA AH4, Kohler, Wisconsin 53044.