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Thread: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

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    Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    The tail sweep on my 280 does not move from side to side, it just drags straight behind the unit. The cleaner moves along the bottom, climbs the wall, etc. There is no blockage in the cleaner, hoses, or back-up valve. There is no pressure loss at the wall fitting or releif valve. The tail sweep adjustment screw is turned counter-clockwise about as far as it will go without falling out. The pump strainer basket is clean. The cartridge filters are clean. I have added no additional weights to the tail. What am I missing? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    check the tail sweep hose for any hole caused from wear. check the orfice at the end of the tail sweep hose to be sure it is not worn or pluged.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    No holes in the sweep hose, not plugged or damaged in any way. Is there a pressure gauge that can be used to check the pump pressure at the wall fitting and if so what should the pressure be?

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Open up the cleaner and check the water management system for obstructions. It can happen often if you have small debris. Debris will get caught inside the cleaner and can plug up certain parts of your water management system.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    I have completly dis-assembled the cleaner looking for debris, bad o-rings etc. Everything looks ok. No obstructions in any orifice, water sprays hard out of the tail scrubber end but the hose does not move side to side.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    when mine did that it drove me crazy, until I noticed the sponge on the end was protruding past the end of the hose. Once I made sure a little bit of the hose was poking out the far end of the scrubby sponge it sweeps as I would expect now.
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    The scrubber was sticking past the end of the hose by approx. 1/4 in. I moved it flush with the end but still no sweeping action. Maybe the cold water is making the sweep hose to stiff to sweep?

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    If you pull the tail out of the pool, how far is it shooting the water?
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Holding the hose level (horizontal) approx. 20 feet.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    oh wow... then its definitely putting out the pressure... No idea then. Whats your water temp?
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Today, pool water temp is 51 degrees.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Maybe it is too cold? Is your Polaris going really fast around the pool?
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    No faster than usual. Pretty much same speed as always.

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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    With water that cold, I bet the tail is just too stiff. I would try not to worry about it, and wait til the water warms up to see if it starts flailing again.
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Heat the pool up just to see?
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    great thread guys, the comments here saved me and my polaris is happy again
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    I had the same issue when I purchased a house. I don't know how old the hose was, but it became inflexible over time. I purchased a new hose and that solved the problem. The new hose was much more flexible.
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    Re: Polaris 280 tail sweep inop

    Some time back I asked the manufacturer about operating my 280 in cooler water temps. This was the response;

    It's recommended for the cleaner to run in water no cooler than 65 degrees F. This is because the hoses can become firm with cold water and will dictate the path of the cleaner. Have a great day, Sir.
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