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Thread: Polaris 280 vs. 380

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    Polaris 280 vs. 380

    Which Polaris should I buy - 280 or 380? - I've seen mixed reviews.
    Is the 280 with the wheels (versus the tank trax model ) ok for vinyl pools?
    I assume the 380 with wheels is ok for vinyl since it doesn't offer a tank trax model.

    I have a vinyl pool that came with the house we bought 2 years ago. I'm slowly replacing the equipment.
    I do have a dedicated line and pump (pump also needs replaced)

    Thanks

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    Re: Polaris 280 vs. 380

    I much prefer the 280 over the 380. They're more durable and easier to repair.

    We have many liner pools with 280's or 380's, the stock tires don't seem to cause any trouble.
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    Re: Polaris 280 vs. 380

    280 hands down

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    Re: Polaris 280 vs. 380

    I have a 380 and think it works great but I have never used a 280 so I have no way to compare. The 380 manual does say the wheels can cause wear patterns on vinyl liners - I have not seen this but my liner is old and simply patterned. I would expect the tracks to reduce the potential for wear.
    Inlaws Pool Boy since June 14th 2012, Pool built ~ 2003, In-Ground, 16'x32'
    13500 gal, Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass Slide, TF-100 Test Kit, Hayward 210T
    sand filter, A.O. Smith 1.5HP main pump motor (C48L2N134C1),
    Hayward SuperPump (model ?), Polaris 380 & PB4 Booster Pump

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    Re: Polaris 280 vs. 380

    The 280 is gear driven and the 380 is belt driven. The belt tends to wear out on the 380 requiring more maintenance.
    17,000 gal, IG Gunite Diamond Brite plaster Kidneybean,w/7x11 tanning ledge& 3x5 swimout bench,244T 300lb Hayward Pro high rate sand filter(63 GPM) , Hayward 1Hp Super Pump w/3/4 hp booster pump, Polaris 280, Laars Lite 2 175k N/G Heater, Tf-100, Speed stir

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