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    When to buy a robot

    I know robots shouldn't be used the first 30 days after plaster is finished, but I was wondering if I HAVE to have my robot at that point or can I tough it out with the TFP method, daily brushing and vacuuming for a few weeks if I don't have the budget immediately for the robot?
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    Re: When to buy a robot

    If I understand your question correctly, you don't ever NEED a robot, or any automated cleaner for that matter. Good old fashion vacuuming works just less convenient. And personal opinion on brushing (especially gunite/plaster pools), there's no machine that takes the place of brushing by hand.
    25 + year pool owner. Current pool (going on 11th year) - 38K gallon in ground Gunite/White Plaster, Spillover Spa, Hayward Cartridge Filter, Hayward 450k BTU NG Heater, Hayward Goldline Aqua Logic control with T-Cell-15 Salt Water Cell, Dolphin Explorer.
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    Re: When to buy a robot

    you don't ever need to buy a robot if you're prepared to clean manually. It's a chore, but if you're comfortable doing it then keep doing it.
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    Re: When to buy a robot

    Thank you both for answering! I plan to buy a robot but just wondered if some type of mechanical cleaner was a necessity immediately. We 86'd the Polaris w/the booster pump in favor of getting a robot. I'm just trying to see if I can stretch not having it for more than the 30day break in period. Now I know I can! Thank you again!
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    Re: When to buy a robot

    If you use Amazon, Prime day is coming up who knows might find a deal you can't pass up. I have also had good luck wiht warehouse deals but it can be a bit like going to a garage sale never know whats there till you look.
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