I live in the metro Phoenix area and have a 12,000 gal Shasta Pools play pool with an in floor, pop up cleaning system. The pool borders my yard wall on one end, the land on the other side of the wall is common area and maintained by our HOA. Directly on the other side of the wall is a large Mesquite tree that dumps hundreds of thousands of tiny dead leaves in the pool every winter/spring. (Go here for a piture of a Mesquite branch and just imagine the mess all those leaves make: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mesquite_legumes.jpg)
Needless to say, this is a huge mess and has caused us headaches with the pump clogging, so that rules out manually vacuuming them up. I have tried using one of those venturi based leaf rakes, but my garden hose is not situated in a good spot and I usually beat myself up trying to drag it around the pool. I am at my wits end.
I'd like to get a robotic cleaner, but I don't know if it would be capable of handling all of the leaf debris. I've also looked into the Pool Blaster Max as a possible solution, but the reviews are split down the middle and I'm not sure.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Or can someone at least tell me if the Pool Blaster is worth buying?