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    First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Good afternoon! Just purchased an Aquabot Apex Revive and am very excited to not have to manually clean my pool as much. Opened my pool for the season a few days ago and am pleasantly surprised that not too much debris has gathered over the winter, just some sand and a few leaves. Looking for guidance as to whether or not to jump right in with my new auto cleaner or should I stick with the manual for the 1st time? Thanks for the feedback.

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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Dip out all the solids first best you can--then it's your choice. Welcome!
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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Is there a reason for holding back on the Aquabot? It's as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with its function. I bought a new cleaner last week and threw it in first chance I got (if there was a manufacturing defect I wanted to know sooner rather than later).
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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Our robot arrived last Friday. We opened pool on Saturday! Water was clear but lots of dirt on bottom from mesh cover over winter. Put robot in right away and couldn't believe it! I say go for it!

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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Thanks all, I threw it in last night and it did an amazing job. Just wanted to get a bit of advice since it was an expensive piece of equipment. So glad I found TFP!! Happy Saturday!

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    Re: First vacuum of the season: auto cleaner or manual?

    Quote Originally Posted by peteandjoy View Post
    Thanks all, I threw it in last night and it did an amazing job. Just wanted to get a bit of advice since it was an expensive piece of equipment. So glad I found TFP!! Happy Saturday!
    It's expensive because it does a good job of something that is a real chore when done manually. You've paid for the privilege of not having to clean your pool yourself, so enjoy it.
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