Newbie to the forum,which I stumbled upon trying to do some homework on the direction to take withregards to the next pool cleaner & set-up to use.
Pool owner for thepast 12 years, fairly hands on but took me about 4 before getting down pat the opening, closing and chemicals part
Over the 12 years Ihave gone through and being handy personally replaced 2 DE pool filters, 2Super pumps, 3 Heaters, 2 Polaris’ and 2 booster pumps 3 chlorinators, and 1 electricalbox, 2 timers and 1 pool light. I haverePVCed all the equipment and Jandy valves many times as well!
Ok down to biz…. My Polaris380 (2010) is on its last leg, not worth repairing again, kids dropped it onthe patio pavers and chassis is split, unbelievably it still does its job, say 80%. The Polaris Halcyon booster pump (2009)just started to make that high pitch metallic noise telling me the motor ballbearings are about to go.
Pool: in ground 18x40 +8x14 ‘L’ shaped, approx 34,000gallons. New vinyl installed in 2013
Fiberglass steps on one side of the foot ofthe ‘L’ part of the pool, attachedfiberglass spa with narrow steps on the other side (all in ground)
2 skimmers, 3 returns, one mid pool intake & 1 nearby dedicated return for thePolaris system.
Hayward 48 sq. ft. DE filter, Hayward 2hp Super Pump,Rheem 399k Pool Heater, Hayward automatic chlorinator
The spa has 4 return jets, 2 bottom intakes and can betotally separated from the pool flow by turning 2 of the 3 Jandy valves.
General comments (which sort of dim the standalonerobot path):
1. I like to leave mt current 380 in the pool atall times, clean the bag once per week or if visibly showing the need.
2. I run the Polaris in conjunction with the pool filtering system for 5 hours(12am to5am) per day to minimize lengthy noise
3. Maple & pine trees nearby so leaves & pine needles always present (I need toclean the skimmers 2 or 3 times per week).
4. Teen kids, so debris (of all kinds) finds its way into the pool. Weekly chipmunk, mouse or mole in the pool(floating or at the bottom) once a week.
5. I vacuumonce per month, sweep the walls every other week and do not want to have to domore than this. I have given up the stepsunless guests coming, the kids and their friends just drag in fine debrisconstantly from the yard.
6. Plentyof pressure, even to the Polaris return though the 380 moves only sluggishly withoutthe Booster pump.
7. I livein north NJ so I open the pool mid-April and close it end of September.
8. When closing the pool I put a tarp between the water and the Mako cover so the poolhas only some debris from the fall/winter.
Replace both (380 + PB4-60Booster pump = $780 delivered to me, Amazon),just get a 360 - no booster ($445delivered to me Amazon) or pony up some big bucks and get a standalone robot, no clue as to what Ineed ($ ??).
After rereading all of this I guess ,my real questionis how efficient “cleaning wise” is a Polaris 360 vs 380 (vs say T2 Aquabot) giventhe $ 335 savings upfront + say $100 per season in electricity switching to a360 or the incremental cleanliness of a robot for the extra $700 (vs 360) orextra $365 (vs 380 + Booster Pump)?
THANK YOU inadvance for all the comments, information, suggestions and recommendations.