When we built our pool, we purchased the Hayward TigerShark robotic cleaner thinking that was the way to go. It's a hassle for us with our schedule to run it most of time so I purchased a Polaris 360 thinking we could run it with the pool pump. It'd be nice to have the Polaris run daily withot us having to intervene other than cleaning the bag every once in a while. We have a Hayward VS-3200 variable speed pump that I run full speed for 5 hours then 50% for a few hours. A dedicated return was run for an external cleaner though that is just capped off at the equipment. We have a 1.25 hp water feature pump feeding 4 3/4" spouts of a weeping wall and a tanning ledge bubbler.
I tried hooking the 360 to a pool return, but it didn't seem to have the pressure required to move it properly. I don't seen an option to limit pressure to the other returns so I don't see us as being able to run it off our main circulation pump efficiently.
I hooked it to our tanning ledge bubbler that's on a different pump and it moved pretty good from there.
My options that I see are:
- Plumb a tee into our water feature pump with a ball valve that I can control flow, and program that to run a certain time daily through our Controller.
- Plumb a Tee into the suction side of our water feature pump and purchase a booster pump and use an external timer. (Not sure if the 360 will handle the booster pump pressure)
- Plumb a Tee into the suction side of our water feature pump and purchase a booster pump and purchase a Polaris 380 or high pressure cleaner.
Option 1 is obviously the cheapest route. The water feature pump is a 1.25 hp by Century and I would guess should handle the weeping wall and tanning ledge bubbler along with the cleaner?