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Old 04-15-2014, 04:19 AM
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Default Robotic pool cleaners, who's using them?

I'm looking to buy one, just wanted to see what you all are using and how well they work.

This is for and inground pool, vinyl liner. I have had a Polaris before and liked it, but do not

have an additional pressure pump here. I was thinking about this

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:39 AM
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Always used Hayward Navigator or Pool Vac Ultra. Rebuild every three or 4 years. I spend very little time cleaning my pool,.
No enclosure, plenty of Oak trees.
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Doesn't require a second pump
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EDIT: mine is a 360, just like the one that Mine Now (post above) gave a link to....

Polaris 360 uses a smaller diameter hose and doesn't use a second pump. Three jets suck up debris and leaves very well.

Rebuild kits are about $160 every five years or so. Parts are 100% available through sources besides dealers; a big Plus.

My pump is a 1HP. If I had a 2HP, the Polaris would travel faster, although I don't know if it would clean as well. With a 1HP, I partially shut the other outlets in order to divert more water flow to the cleaner; and that's the trick.

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I had the Navigator for a few years, it was constantly getting stuck and once in awhile some small baby coconut would get caught in it and break a part, seemed good overall but it was broken here and there, a real pain to get fixed and out of commission. Two years ago bought the Pentair GW9500 Creepy Krauly via Amazon, Pentair was offering a very nice rebate at the time. This thing has been great! Has a wider area for vacuuming the pool and has not yet shut down once, very little tends to get caught in it although it does get locked up once in awhile but there are a lot less moving parts at the end where it meets the pool floor, highly recommend it.
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Had a Creepy for about 5 years...it was a PITA got stuck in the corners and random junk would jam the plastic flapper.
Changed it out for a Polaris and almost all the problems went away.
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Originally Posted by PeteH View Post
Always used Hayward Navigator or Pool Vac Ultra. Rebuild every three or 4 years. I spend very little time cleaning my pool,.
No enclosure, plenty of Oak trees.
This is what I do.
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In my old house I had the Hayward Navigator. It worked great....when it worked. Too many gears and moving parts. There is a gear box that turns the hose connection. This is what makes it "navigate". There is a little turbine that spins the gears and all it takes is one grain of sand to jam it. And when it jams it will walk to the edge of the pool and stay. Mine always gets stuck at the steps. I would have to pull it off the steps 10 times a day. Never buying another one.

I now have this one. It works awesome. Never gives me a problem.

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Great White is much better than the Nav (I had 3). If you have oaks it will not matter due to the amount of leaves they drop, I took out 70 pounds one weekend. Also suggest an additional leaf canister that does help catch everything that would end up it the pump basket.
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Originally Posted by ScarabChris View Post
In my old house I had the Hayward Navigator. It worked great....when it worked. Too many gears and moving parts. There is a gear box that turns the hose connection. This is what makes it "navigate". There is a little turbine that spins the gears and all it takes is one grain of sand to jam it. And when it jams it will walk to the edge of the pool and stay. Mine always gets stuck at the steps. I would have to pull it off the steps 10 times a day. Never buying another one.

I now have this one. It works awesome. Never gives me a problem.

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Great White is much better than the Nav (I had 3). If you have oaks it will not matter due to the amount of leaves they drop, I took out 70 pounds one weekend. Also suggest an additional leaf canister that does help catch everything that would end up it the pump basket.
I've been using the Great White too since I have a pool...I do my own pool maintenance (if you can call it that). Bear in mind that my pool is 20 x 40 x 8, but is inside a screened patio so I do not have to deal with leaves,
The Great white is awesome... been running for 4 years and the only thing I have had to replace is the rubber skirt that goes on the edge.. no big deal at all...
Have not had any other brand so I can't really comment from personal experience, but a very close friend of ours used to have the barracuda brand before and for some reason he hated it...
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I had one and it was a pain - solved the problem with Brian the pool guy.
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I have the Barracuda G3 it's ok it works off the filter suction. I'm leaning towards getting a robotic 1 for this season something like the Aquabot I have heard good things about them

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