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    Leaf eater - how well do they work?

    Probably best described as a cheap pressure side cleaner designed to run off of tap water via a hose but could be hooked up to a return. Now that winter is apon us I thought one of these things would be a little easier just to get a few leaves out than a manual vaccum but how well do they work?

    This is the contraption I'm talking about.


    I found an old thread about one that had poor suction and it was recommended to connect the hose to a return and run it off the pool pump.
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    Re: Leaf eater - how well do they work?

    I Couldn't live without mine. Tons of trees around my pool so I use if after a storm. Normally after I just got the pool clean and sparkly......just hook it to the hose....i wouldn't know about connecting it to a return and run it off the pool pump.

    Don't however buy the one made by Stanley on Amazon (it's yellow and black).....it stunk!
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    Re: Leaf eater - how well do they work?

    Thanks smforte, that's great.

    Having three returns I don't know how well running it off the pool pump would work for me, l would have to regulate the flow from the other two and that wouldn't be worth the hassle. But just dragging up the hose, I can do that.

    Edit: Thanks for the heads up on the Amazon one, the Stanley one may be on eBay also.
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    Re: Leaf eater - how well do they work?

    The Stanley sprung a leak immediately underneath. As the water runs it shoots out of small holes that I guess creates a vortex to pick up the trash. It started squirting out Where the parts meet underneath, causing less of a vortex if that makes sense. I tried filing the crack with silicone and gorilla glue but nothing helped. The only thing I liked about the Stanley is it came with regular and fine mesh bags but I'm sure you can get those anywhere.

    On a side note, while using these leaf catchers you can also turn it over and float it across the top of your water to help skim the pool.
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    Re: Leaf eater - how well do they work?

    I just got mine and if you have a lot of leaves its great. I'm not sure if it would be worth the effort for just a couple of leaves.
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