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Thread: Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Chandler, AZ

    Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

    Hi all,

    The subject says it all really. I am interested in the differences between the two. I have searched here and elsewhere and have not been able to find any real differences. Anyone have any input?

    Right now I have a pool vac ultra that came with my house and it is not doing well (meaning: it is pretty worn out). I am thinking of buying another one and parting this one out over time to the extent that the parts are useful.

    Thanks in advance for any advice
    ~12k gallon in-ground pool, PebbleTec surface, sand filter, The Pool Cleaner (2WD)

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    May 2007
    South Central NJ

    Re: Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

    For a suction side cleaner, many of us prefer The Pool Cleaner.

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    Jul 2010
    northern California

    Re: Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

    Why do you guys prefer The Pool Cleaner over the Hayward navigator or Pool Vac Ultra? I have an old Hayward Pool Vac and it may need a replacement soon.
    IG pebbletec pool: size of pool: 27,000 gal; filter: cartridge - Hayward Superstar Clear; pump size: 1.5 HP; TF 100 Test kit - got it on 7-29-10; The Pool Cleaner-4-wheel suction model; Pool calculator:; bleach calc:

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    Dec 2010
    San Diego, CA

    Re: Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

    The navigator requires constant maintenance due to all of the wear items. When it's working it cleans well.

    I just bought a The Pool Cleaner to replace a navigator and I'm very impressed with the materials and build quality.
    15,600 Gallon, 16' x 32' In-Ground Vinyl Pool
    Pentair VS 3050 pump, Quad DE 60 filter and SunTouch controller
    8 gallon Liquidator, Aquatherm EcoSun Solar Panels, 2 wheel ThePoolCleaner

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    Jun 2008

    Re: Hayward: navigator vs. pool vac ultra

    I loved my navigator for the first two months I had it - until it started getting stuck on the main drain. I started replacing parts, kept getting stuck no matter what I did... finally replaced it with a pool cleaner - Have done nothing to it in the thre years I've owned it. I bought a spare set of tires when I bought the cleaner, but still haven't needed to replace them - it just keeps working.
    18k gal inground, everbrite finish, 505 sq ft; 1.5 hp two speed whisperflow; rheem 5100ti 100k btu heat pump; 3 sheer descent falls; DE filter; swg (cell out and using trichlor for now)

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