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    Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I need to get a pool cleaner, I read the old thread but would like to know if there is any info on the best one to buy with best warranty, and cheap to repair. We have a 20 by 48 inground pool that is 4 ft to 8 ft. Can someone please help me with this and also recommend the best place to buy. Thanks so very much.

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I've had a Polaris 380 for 15 years - some repairs over the years, Leslies will tune up and inspect for free if you take it there in the spring before they get busy. But you need a separate pump - which add expense but makes it more powerful and cleans better.

    Robot pool cleaners are not hands free and walk away but they do save a ton of time, you do have to adjust them, etc.
    I would recommend a Polaris 380 or similar model with a separate pump.
    some other points about Polaris 380
    - Polaris pump must have water circulating thru it - need to keep pool valves adjusted accordingly
    - Polaris should not be on timer - because main pump must be on - if not you will burn out Polaris pump (after a few hours)
    - you need to have 2 bags that seal properly so you can add a dry bag when current bag is full (easier to empty/clean)
    - you need to make sure there is no debris on the velcro or it won't seal correctly (or buy more expensive zipper sealed bags)

    cheapest prices for Polaris and accessories I've seen is on Amazon, then get a pool guy to install, call around first to see if someone will install without supplying the unit -cause there is a big retail markup. local pool store wants $300 more for Polaris and $100 more for booster pump compared to Amazon.
    24K gal, plaster, concrete decking, cantelivered coping, 20 years old, raised attached stone spa - 1 1/2 HP purex triton pump, 3 yr old 48 sq ft Pentair DE filter with multiport, Polaris 380 w/pump, 2 yr old Pentair mastertemp 400k heater - live in southeastern PA outside phila.

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    Thanks for the info my only problem is the local pool companys has went out of business, but maybe I can find someone around here locally that knows something about pools that can help me out, I have not had much luck lately.

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    don't know if you are looking at a robotic cleaner...anyway...I've had em all. suction line cleaner, then a kleen machine, then a i-robot, and then a pool rover jr, which I just sold. My pool is 33ft round..and I pretty much hated all of them...they all worked OK, but didn't get it as clean as I wanted...so I'd still have to hand vacuum my pool....UNTIL....I bought a Dolphin Diagnostic! Holy Smokes you get what you pay for rule goes for pool cleaners. This thing picks up EVERYTHING. from sand, to sticks, to leaves, twigs, pine needles, fine silt caught in liner creases or seams...and also climbs the pool wall to the water line.

    I LOVE IT, and would never get another cleaner. I highly recommend the Dolphin Diagnostic!! (no I don't now work for them, nor have any affiliation, other than a very happy customer!)
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    Thank you yes that is what I am looking for, I will check that Dolphin out, that sounds like what I need. Do you know where the cheapest place to buy from. I will search the internet for price checks, if anyone has coupons or codes I would appreciate any help with a discount, thanks for the info.

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    well you could probably check Craigslist....otherwise just find one of the many pool supply houses running a sale or discount, and go that route.
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    dolphin motors can be troublesome - check out reviews on amazon....cleaners that run via a pump don't have a motor that can burn out, just powered via water... just pointing out the differences,....there are pros and cons with everything so you need to research a bit....
    24K gal, plaster, concrete decking, cantelivered coping, 20 years old, raised attached stone spa - 1 1/2 HP purex triton pump, 3 yr old 48 sq ft Pentair DE filter with multiport, Polaris 380 w/pump, 2 yr old Pentair mastertemp 400k heater - live in southeastern PA outside phila.

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    yeah...but the amazon reviews that give the Dolphin Diagnostic Advantage a 2.5 stars is a WHOPPING 33 user reviews. That doesn't exactly give you a good "answer" to the dolphin having problems......I could say the same thing and you could read all 19 reviews of the Dolphin over on inyopools.com and see that they have given it a 4.5 star review.

    SO it's all in where you read, and what you read.
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I've had my dolphin diagnostic for 4 years, no problems. I would rate it much higher than 2.5 stars. I rarely brush the walls or floor of my pool, I leave that up to "Algaenon" (that is what my MIL named the robot).
    20k gal, IG Vinyl, IntelliFlo VF Pump, 60 GPM sand filter, Jandy Aquapure Ei 35, 2 skimmers, one main drain, two returns, Dolphin Diagnostic cleaning robot, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I agree J20832.....since I've gotten my Dolphin....no more wall brushing or floor vacuuming..the dolphin gets it all. I have two filter bags..one is the "green" bag which is to pick up bigger, coarser materials..and then the white bag, which I believe filters down to 5 microns if I remember right....which picks up any little trace of silt or sand, and polishes the water.

    I love my dolphin!!
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I too would recommend a robotic. I currently use an Aquabot Supreme in my inbound. $800 last year, price went up this year. No complaints. Even my hubby can use it!
    CaryB
    36 x 18 IG vinyl, 25K, 1 HP pump, sand filter
    1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
    Old school: PoolSolutions test kit

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    Thanks for the info, I think I will have to go will a robotic, I know no one to setup a setup motor ans I so not know how to do it. I like the info you have given me and appreciate it, so now it is finding the best deal. Thanks

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    If a person went with the polarsis 380 can someone tell me how to hook up the motor and system, I have alot of handymen around that have alot of know how that can fiqure it out if you would give me a heads up. Thanks

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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    Quote Originally Posted by flyweed
    don't know if you are looking at a robotic cleaner...anyway...I've had em all. suction line cleaner, then a kleen machine, then a i-robot, and then a pool rover jr, which I just sold. My pool is 33ft round..and I pretty much hated all of them...they all worked OK, but didn't get it as clean as I wanted...so I'd still have to hand vacuum my pool....UNTIL....I bought a Dolphin Diagnostic! Holy Smokes you get what you pay for rule goes for pool cleaners. This thing picks up EVERYTHING. from sand, to sticks, to leaves, twigs, pine needles, fine silt caught in liner creases or seams...and also climbs the pool wall to the water line.

    I LOVE IT, and would never get another cleaner. I highly recommend the Dolphin Diagnostic!! (no I don't now work for them, nor have any affiliation, other than a very happy customer!)


    How long have you had it? The robotics are quite expensive and I really dont want to spend that much money, especially if its going to only last a few seasons.
    25,000 gallon Concrete/Plaster Pool
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    Pentair Quad DE 100 - Installed Spring 2012
    Pentair Kreepy Krauly 820 - In Service 05/26/2013
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    Re: Please Update Info On Robot Pool Cleaners

    I've HAD a Polaris 360 pressure side cleaner. I'll never buy one again. That said, a 360 model is a pressure side model w/o separate booster pump. Piece of hardened waste matter.
    CaryB
    36 x 18 IG vinyl, 25K, 1 HP pump, sand filter
    1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
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