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    I just purchased my first automatic pool cleaner after 14 years...

    I bought the Mamba, only $55 from Amazon, new in box. I've seen several youtube videos showing it work on my exact pool setup, so I'm eager to throw it in and get it running. I figured for that price, I couldn't lose.
    14,000 gallon Fox Lagoon, ingound vinyl
    PacFab Sand filter
    installed April, 2002
    Frog inline chlorinator
    Town water

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    Re: I just purchased my first automatic pool cleaner after 14 years...

    Please post the good, bad and ugly when you get it. I'm sure many of us would be interested.
    Bob - Palm Beach by San Juan Pools. approx 5000 gals Pentair 320 cartridge filter (all new guts installed by me) Goldline SWG Intermec 104 TImer Test kit: TF-100 w/Speed Stir

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    Re: I just purchased my first automatic pool cleaner after 14 years...

    It is a fine line getting the hose length just right. The hose is made up of snap-together sections, and you have enough for a fairly large pool. I used all but 2, I might add one more. The hose needs to be able to coil into an S-shape to whip the Mamba around the pool. If the hose is able to straighten out, the Mamba can stall and get stuck in one spot.

    It swims around in concentric circles based on the s-shape of the hose, which has a air relief valve that imparts a chugging action on the hose. This keeps everything moving around. There is also a clip-on float ring that keeps the Mamba at the right angle. I had to play around with the placement of that. If I had too much line between the float and the cleaner, the slack line would get hung in the cove of my steps. I did pull my ladder out, and the chugging of the line kept the Mamba from getting hung on the floor drain. It did a great job on the walls and incline, and would climb all the way to the surface. then fall back down and resume cleaning.

    It did seem to do a better job cleaning without making a huge dust cloud out the returns like my vacuum hose did. I definitely need to deep-clean my filter. Even though the return stream appeared to be clear last night while it was operating, this morning, the water was cloudy, so I'm still getting blowback from the filter.

    All-in-all, if everything holds up, I'd say it's a great investment of $70.
    14,000 gallon Fox Lagoon, ingound vinyl
    PacFab Sand filter
    installed April, 2002
    Frog inline chlorinator
    Town water

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    Re: I just purchased my first automatic pool cleaner after 14 years...

    Okay, I've had this hooked up quite a bit at the end of this season, and when it's not getting hung up on my light, or in the steps cove, it works really well. Playing with the pressure and the flow regulator has helped the pool light problem, I think I've figured out the answer to the step cove issue. When the Mamba is crawling around the step cove with the hose curled out in from of it, the hose floating on the surface will often curl inward and get hung in the cove. I'm thinking of crafting a PVC "Shark Cage" fitted to sit inside the cove, causing the hose to bounce of it.
    14,000 gallon Fox Lagoon, ingound vinyl
    PacFab Sand filter
    installed April, 2002
    Frog inline chlorinator
    Town water

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