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    Robot for acorns?

    We are planning a new pool build and were persuaded that a high end robot like the Dolphin would be the way to go. Now I'm concerned that the couple of red oak trees in the back yard might prove to be a problem for that kind of cleaner. Is there a way to deal with the acorns while keeping a robot, or should we look into another kind of cleaner altogether? We weren't even going to plumb for a pressure side cleaner, but maybe we should.

    I figure we'll have to be manually scooping out leaves during the fall, and I'm also not sure how these cleaners handle leaves either. What do people do about acorns and does anyone have any tips for our situation? If we build what we are leaning towards, it will be a pretty big pool, lagoon shaped, 40x33x20 with an 8.5' deep end. Thanks!
    28,000 gallon freeform, Stonescapes Tropics Blue Minipebble with abalone, 3.5' to 8.5' depth. 2 skimmers, 5 returns, dedicated vacuum port, Dolphin Z5 robot. All Pentair equip: EasyTouch 8, IC60 SWG, VS pump, 520 Cartridge Filter, 3 Intellibrites, 2 Color Cascade Bubblers. TurboTwister Slide and 8' Salt System Jump Board. TF-100. My Jan-Mar 2016 build:
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    We researched the heck out of all robot cleaners and bought the Dolphin s300i and could not be happier! The great thing about this model is that it has the largest opening we've seen to pick up large debris and also a large center section to hold it. There are also fine filters on the sides - so the best of both worlds. We have water oaks, a black walnut (never thought I could hate a tree) and tons of bamboo. Things are already falling and this little guy eats it all!


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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    Is there a way to deal with the acorns while keeping a robot, or should we look into another kind of cleaner altogether?
    Look into a leaf net. Robots simply don't do well picking up large items and acorns will easily jam in many robots.

    Use your robots to clean dirt from your pool.....use your leaf net to remove large items that will give the robot trouble.
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    Thanks for the tips. Just so I'm sure what we're talking about... What is a leaf net? Is it a mesh cover for the pool that catches leaves, or something on a long pole for scooping? To which were you referring, Dave?
    28,000 gallon freeform, Stonescapes Tropics Blue Minipebble with abalone, 3.5' to 8.5' depth. 2 skimmers, 5 returns, dedicated vacuum port, Dolphin Z5 robot. All Pentair equip: EasyTouch 8, IC60 SWG, VS pump, 520 Cartridge Filter, 3 Intellibrites, 2 Color Cascade Bubblers. TurboTwister Slide and 8' Salt System Jump Board. TF-100. My Jan-Mar 2016 build:
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    Good point. Should've been more clearleaf net. jpg.jpg
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    That is the one I have, and would be in a pinch without it. Filled mine nearly brim full twice this morning with a freak storm last night. Got mine on Amazon.
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    My bot has no issue picking them up as long as the fit thru the slots- that being said the Net is the way to go
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    Re: Robot for acorns?

    Thanks for clarifying. That does seem like the way to go.
    28,000 gallon freeform, Stonescapes Tropics Blue Minipebble with abalone, 3.5' to 8.5' depth. 2 skimmers, 5 returns, dedicated vacuum port, Dolphin Z5 robot. All Pentair equip: EasyTouch 8, IC60 SWG, VS pump, 520 Cartridge Filter, 3 Intellibrites, 2 Color Cascade Bubblers. TurboTwister Slide and 8' Salt System Jump Board. TF-100. My Jan-Mar 2016 build:
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