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Thread: Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

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    Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

    The DH came home with it yesterday and we have not taken it out of the box yet. Wanted to check here for any comments first. Thank you.
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    Re: Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

    They do work, however to get good coverage you need to balance the returns so the ranger goes all over the pool floor and not just around the perimeter. Some days it works better than others, and they tend to get stuck on ladders.
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    Re: Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

    I've got one. It's okay, but as the previous commenter said, tends to get stuck on the ladder! Good thing about it is it's a very simple cleaner; not much that can break on it!
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    Re: Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

    I run my Barracuda 2 nights per week (overnight/14 hours). I remove my ladder, problem solved. It works pretty good and for $150, a good performance. As mentioned, aiming the return flow is key. Mine would climb the walls and suck air(bad bad bad) when return was aimed more towards the center.

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    Re: Barracuda Zodiac Ranger- Any Comments?

    so where is the best spot to 'aim' the jet to improve cleaning the entire pool? I did like manual said and pointed down towards center, but I notice it does travel the perimeter more than anywhere else. Otherwise, it does work very well. I was impressed. I also have the Polaris 65 and I find the Ranger is better for sediment/small particles. The Polaris is better for larger leaves, etc.
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