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Thread: Pressure side cleaner for use with 1.5 HP pump

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    Pressure side cleaner for use with 1.5 HP pump

    I am thinking of moving my pressure side cleaner to use the same pump as my floor system, which is a 1.5 hp pump, and add a jandy auto valve to switch between the pool cleaner and the floor system.

    The question i have is what cleaner would work, be best for use with 1.5 HP?

    I have a Polaris 360 thats on it's last legs, and i'm wondering if a 380 would work on 1.5 HP, since it's suppose to operate off a 3/4 hp booster pump, or a pressure side Kreepy Krauly.

    Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.



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    Aug 2012
    Sacramento CA

    Re: Pressure side cleaner for use with 1.5 HP pump

    Having just learned how hard it can be to tame a new 3/4 hp pump with my Kreepy Krauly Legend (4 wheeled Pressure side), I will advise against trying to use the full force of a 1.5 hp - I don't think the bleed valve will reduce the flow enough to tame the cleaner.
    If you have a 360 handy, just try a temp line to the pool and see if it can be made to work. Note that a weak, old cleaner will be less enthusiastic then a new one - just because you can get the 360 to kinda, sorta work does not mean a new cleaner can be made to take the flow.

    My 1.5 hp, even without the booster, will move the cleaner - while running the skimmer and filter.

    Do yourself a huge favor and try it with a quick and dirty line before modifying the permanent plumbing.

    Maybe a pressure-control valve can be installed.
    1980's 15,000 Gal IG Plaster; 1 1/2 hp Hayward Northstar; Hayward Swimclear C3025 Cartridge Filter (325 sq ft, nom.); Pentair Legend; Polaris PB4-60; Equipment 40' from pool. p.s.: it's an aye-aye.

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