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    Question Pump Horsepower needed for suction cleaner

    Like many who have been posting, I am new to this business! I just set up my 18' pool in June, and clearly need a better way to clean debris off the bottom. The pump that came with the pool has no HP rating, and I can't even calculate it from the voltage and watts, since I can't locate the Wattage either.

    My pump is: Krystal Clear Model 635T Filter Pump, 1500 gph

    Is there a way to determine the horsepower rating for this pump? Can I determine if it will drive a small suction-type pool cleaner? It would't matter much to me if it just did the pool floor and not the walls.
    Such as: Pentair K50600 Kreepy Krauly E-Z Vac Suction-Side Above Ground Pool Cleaner Blue/White

    I am open to upgrading the pump if need be. The cartridges are pretty dirty after just a few days.
    -Intex Ultra-Frame 18' x 48" AG, 6423 gal
    -Krystal Clear Model 635T Filter Pump, 1500 gph (single speed) with cartridge filter
    -Purchased and installed June, 2016
    -Water test kit: TF100
    -filled with city water, no water restrictions as of now

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    Re: Pump Horsepower needed for suction cleaner

    The pump you have is pretty weak suction wise. I don't think it would support any type of a suction side cleaner.

    You could upgrade to the sand filter/pump combo and it would handle a suction side cleaner.
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    Re: Pump Horsepower needed for suction cleaner

    The more HP you have, the more water is being moved... I have a 1 hp pump that likes to try to suck the liner from my pool.. ITs also connected to sand filter... The intex pumps that come with those pools are sufficient at moving water around and have enuf guts to vacuum.. Part of the issue is the cart filters get clogged so fast, it reduces the pressure significantly. You can throw a hair net over the cart to help grab stuff from the water and may extend the life of the filter slightly...


    If sand filters or DE filters are in your price range, you can always upgrade to one of those...
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    Re: Pump Horsepower needed for suction cleaner

    Thanks for the input. If I were to upgrade to a sand pump, how much of one do I need to run a suction cleaner? It sounds as if 1 hp is plenty of power.
    -Intex Ultra-Frame 18' x 48" AG, 6423 gal
    -Krystal Clear Model 635T Filter Pump, 1500 gph (single speed) with cartridge filter
    -Purchased and installed June, 2016
    -Water test kit: TF100
    -filled with city water, no water restrictions as of now

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    Re: Pump Horsepower needed for suction cleaner

    Sorry for the delay...

    A 1hp should be fine
    Inherited 24' Muskin Above ground
    13500 gal
    Hayward S180T92S Sand filter
    Taylor K-2006C Speedstir
    TFPC for Beginners | Pool Math | Pool School | CYA Chart | SLAM | Test Kits | ABC's

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