Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Silly Robot Question

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Hopkinton, MA
    Posts
    105

    Silly Robot Question

    I feel like buying a robot is somewhat similar to buying a mattress. Each place has a different name for a model, and you dont know if you will like it until you try it.
    However.. I am curious, and this may be a dumb blonde question, but... When the robot is cleaning the pool, can you swim in it? And should you remove the robot after every cleaning?

    We get a bit of debris in the pool to where I am vacuuming it out daily, but it could be that it is spring and that will change.

    Thanks
    In ground Liner, MBP-125A Heat Pump by Aqua Heat , built 2003, 18x37 Grecian style, System 3 sta-rite filter. @22,000 gal, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit, USQ1102pump installed 6/2016

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    4,052

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    Yes you can swim as long as you are attentive.

    You should remove it after every cleaning, because you need to clean it out.

    Mine stays in the pool, but I clean it before every use. It would probably last longer kept out of the pool, but it seems fine so far, it's a few years old and still going great. Just don't put it in the pool during a SLAM.
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Hopkinton, MA
    Posts
    105

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    Thank You!
    In ground Liner, MBP-125A Heat Pump by Aqua Heat , built 2003, 18x37 Grecian style, System 3 sta-rite filter. @22,000 gal, Poolmaster 22260 5-Way Test Kit, USQ1102pump installed 6/2016

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    [QUOTE=PureLuck;1032063]I feel like buying a robot is somewhat similar to buying a mattress. Each place has a different name for a model, and you dont know if you will like it until you try it.
    However.. I am curious, and this may be a dumb blonde question, but... When the robot is cleaning the pool, can you swim in it? And should you remove the robot after every cleaning?

    We get a bit of debris in the pool to where I am vacuuming it out daily, but it could be that it is spring and that will change.

    Thanks[/QUOTE

    Even if you aren't vacuuming daily (I don't unless there's some significant overnight accumulation) a robot is a handy thing to have. As Robbie pointed out there's no real harm to leaving it in or swimming with it in, but the cord can definitely get in the way and given the priciness of the unit exercising a little TLC will likely pay off in lifespan. My S300 can do a 1 or 2 hour cycle and I usually pop it in on weekend mornings (while I run a chemical check, skim the surface, clean out the skimmer baskets and run a backwash (if needed)). Then I come back and extract it when the cycle ends and we're good to go. With my S300, I can pull it from the pool, stow it on its caddy, clean the filter basket and get it back in the shed in minutes.
    Geebot
    Chicago, IL
    30K gal, InGround Plaster Finish, 3.5'-9.5', Maytronics S300 Cleaner

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    4,052

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    Yep, since you mentioned it, get something that's top loading. And you don't want the "bag" type. Those bottom load bags are such a pain it will make you not want to mess with the robot.
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
    If TFP has helped you, please click to SUPPORT TFP!

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Huntsville Alabama
    Posts
    16

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    [QUOTE=Geebot;1032118]
    Quote Originally Posted by PureLuck View Post
    I feel like buying a robot is somewhat similar to buying a mattress. Each place has a different name for a model, and you dont know if you will like it until you try it.
    However.. I am curious, and this may be a dumb blonde question, but... When the robot is cleaning the pool, can you swim in it? And should you remove the robot after every cleaning?

    We get a bit of debris in the pool to where I am vacuuming it out daily, but it could be that it is spring and that will change.

    Thanks[/QUOTE

    Even if you aren't vacuuming daily (I don't unless there's some significant overnight accumulation) a robot is a handy thing to have. As Robbie pointed out there's no real harm to leaving it in or swimming with it in, but the cord can definitely get in the way and given the priciness of the unit exercising a little TLC will likely pay off in lifespan. My S300 can do a 1 or 2 hour cycle and I usually pop it in on weekend mornings (while I run a chemical check, skim the surface, clean out the skimmer baskets and run a backwash (if needed)). Then I come back and extract it when the cycle ends and we're good to go. With my S300, I can pull it from the pool, stow it on its caddy, clean the filter basket and get it back in the shed in minutes.

    Geebot, how do you go about getting your S300 out of the pool? I usually start a new cycle and turn it back off when it gets to the shallow end. I'm just paranoid yanking it by the cord as to not cause a short.

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    [QUOTE=Tcraw487;1032146]
    Quote Originally Posted by Geebot View Post


    Geebot, how do you go about getting your S300 out of the pool? I usually start a new cycle and turn it back off when it gets to the shallow end. I'm just paranoid yanking it by the cord as to not cause a short.
    Pulling it by the cord is the recommended method - the device is relatively weightless in the pool. You don't want to "yank" it and you stop pulling on the cord once the handle breaks the surface. It is no longer weightless at that point. I have an elderly Dolphin Diagnostic that had over a decade of cord-pulling under its belt with no observable issues.

    Removing the pool cleaner from the pool

    "Using the floating cable, pull the robot to the edge of the pool.

    Grab the handle and remove the robot from the water."
    Geebot
    Chicago, IL
    30K gal, InGround Plaster Finish, 3.5'-9.5', Maytronics S300 Cleaner

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Huntsville Alabama
    Posts
    16

    Re: Silly Robot Question

    [QUOTE=Geebot;1032291]
    Quote Originally Posted by Tcraw487 View Post

    Pulling it by the cord is the recommended method - the device is relatively weightless in the pool. You don't want to "yank" it and you stop pulling on the cord once the handle breaks the surface. It is no longer weightless at that point. I have an elderly Dolphin Diagnostic that had over a decade of cord-pulling under its belt with no observable issues.

    Removing the pool cleaner from the pool

    "Using the floating cable, pull the robot to the edge of the pool.

    Grab the handle and remove the robot from the water."

    Awesome! Thanks for the help and links.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •