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    Need some automatic pool cleaner advice

    Hello all, new to the site. I have some questions about automatic pool cleaners.

    I have a 20 ft x 40 ft in ground plaster/concrete pool in Seattle, with lots of pine trees around it. I've been using a suction side Hayward Navigator for the last 6 years with no significant issues. It's a little slow to clean the whole pool, but debris size (mostly pine needles, no cones) wasn't a problem, it would do the whole pool, I could leave it in the pool between uses and it was virtually maintenance free. Unfortunately, the Navigator has finally gone to pool equipment heaven, so I'm investigating alternatives.

    My priorities, in order, are:
    1) Low price - I'm assuming this will exclude electric ones, but I'm open to suggestions
    2) Low maintenance (including leaving in the pool between uses)
    3) Good warranty

    My "nice to haves" are:
    a) on board debris bag with a fine mesh
    b) algae brush

    Any advice you can give would be appreciated. There are a dizzying array of choice and I'm kind of stuck trying to figure out how to choose a replacement.

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    South Central NJ

    Re: Need some automatic pool cleaner advice

    Your old system was a suction side cleaner. The 4 wheel Pool Cleaner, as seen here on Amazons site: ... d_sim_hg_1

    has gotten great reviews. There is a 2 wheel version but I think your pool is too big for it.

    As for brushing algae, you might consider a Kreepy Krawly but I find mine to be too slow for my tastes. Besides, keeping the pool's balance and chlorine proper = no algae

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    Join Date
    May 2010
    SW Georgia

    Re: Need some automatic pool cleaner advice

    I have a 4-wheel suction (Thepoolcleaner) and like it. I would guess it would do fine on pine needles. I have pecan stems and it picks those up.
    35K IG Vinyl 20 x 40 self built pool, Hayward Pro Series High-Rate Sand Filter 31" 98gal/min, Hayward TriStar 1.85hp, Hayward 400btu heater, BBB method w/Hypo, Jazz light w/matching fiber optic rope lighting around coping w/syncronized color wheels. Concrete Paver deck.

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    Aug 2010
    Savannah, GA

    Re: Need some automatic pool cleaner advice

    We have a Nitro Wall Climber and really love it. Initially, we were unsure about getting an electric cleaner since all we had ever seen were the ones with the hoses, but the cord is way easier to deal with than a hose and our Nitro works as advertised. If you're willing to do a little web searching, you can save on a factory refurbished model. See link to previous thread & post about this.

    Ken & Shari
    Savannah, GA
    16' x 40' freeform fiberglass inground (Pacific model, mfg by Tallman Pools), 23k gal, 2" plumbing throughout, Intellichlor IC-40, Easy Touch controller, Intelliflow VS 3050 pump, Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Quad Cartridge filter. 4 Jandy deck jets (3/4" plumbing), Fiberstars color changing lighting, SR Smith salt friendly diving system, Interfab Wild Ride slide, Aquasol Solar Heat (5 panels 4'x12' DIY install automated with ET) RIP Nitro Wall Climber Mar 2011-Aug 2012, Nitro is survived by a Polaris 360.

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