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    Need help with robotic cleaner

    My pool is 20 x 50 rectangular. I can spend about $1500 or so on a robotic, but can't decide on which model to pull the trigger. It seems that every model has its good and its bad. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    I would say a lot depends on your personal attitude towards cleaning, also it would be helpful to know what type of pool you have, as well as what sort of debris you have to deal with. For example people that get acorns and other small berry like objects in their pools may have issues with them getting stuck in the tracks and gears of some models, while people with large submerged leaves may find they have clogging problems, while other models may cope better with steep walls or standing ledges in the deep end, etc. Personally I spent many years using suction side cleaners, before buying a cheap lightly used Dolphin Dynamic off ebay in the off season a couple of years ago for about $300. Overall it has been a great purchase if for no other reason than to get a feel for robot cleaners, and their good and bad points, however I can say my next robot will be one with a remote control to so I can steer it back over spots that it may miss on its random pattern routine.

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    I'm in the same boat as Yellow. I have an in ground 20x40 rectangular pool that I am updating with a new Hayward ecostar pump and now looking at robot cleaners. I did find this page from a retailer that seems to provide some good information on the different models available, but I don;t know how much is propaganda ("buy this one because we make the most profit on it") and how much is objective fact:
    http://www.poolexpress.com/robotic-clea ... QgodWwwANw
    Perhaps someone with some experience in these matters canb give an opinion about the information it contains and if it's trustworthy. Thanks in advance!!
    Approx 40k gallon (20x40x8.5) IG Gunite Pool with Integrated Spa and automatic cover. Pool side: Hayward EcoDrive Variable speed pump with old DE filter and Ancient heater. Spa side: Old 1hp pump and cartridge filter with equally ancient gas heater. Until recently all cleaned by PoolMaid System that has now been sealed off and Dolphin M4 robot cleaner now in use.
    Looking to add solar panels as soon as I straighten out the rest of the pump house.

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    I picked up a Dolphin Diagnostic yesterday off craigslist for $200. So far I am pretty impressed by its performance, no problems climbing the walls or picking up debris. The reviews on many of these robot cleaners about motors failing made me hesitant, but at $200 I thought it was worth the risk. Wouldn't want to spend $1000 on one though.

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    Hayward super II 1.5 hp pump, Hayward cartridge filter
    Jandy AquaPure Ei SWG 35K, Raypak R6350TI-E HeatPump
    Solar cover, Loop Lok winter Cover
    Artisian Antigua hot tub, Polk Atrium 4's

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    My pool is a gunite with tiles along the rim. My pool guy just does the basics. I have 3 king palms along one end of the pool and it drops small, thin, but long pieces of it's leaves into the pool. It'll only take a few hours after my pool gets cleaned before the leaves are in there again.

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    In gound vinyl L, ~41,000 gallons, Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 420 cartridge filtter, Pentair 2 speed WhisperFlo pump

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    Re: Need help with robotic cleaner

    gullzway..you got a STEAL on that dolphin..I picked up a Dolphin Diagnostic off of CL too back in April..and it was used maybe 5 or 6 times by the previous owner...I got it for $450...and it cleans my AGP like NO OTHER I've ever had. I've tried many too.
    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: Need help with robotic cleaner

    Despite my best efforts to research a robotic cleaner, my father (the other occupant of the house and co-owner of the pool) went out and dropped $1200 on a polaris P93 at Leslie's without a word to any of us. In looking it up it appears to be a re-labeled Polaris 9300. So far it's performance has been pretty close on to what the website review I posted above mentioned. It can not do stairs to save its life (it gets high centered on them and sits a while but usually frees itself eventually), but it has been very good about picking up debris both large and small.

    Overall I am inclined to return it because for $1200 it should darn well do the stairs.
    Approx 40k gallon (20x40x8.5) IG Gunite Pool with Integrated Spa and automatic cover. Pool side: Hayward EcoDrive Variable speed pump with old DE filter and Ancient heater. Spa side: Old 1hp pump and cartridge filter with equally ancient gas heater. Until recently all cleaned by PoolMaid System that has now been sealed off and Dolphin M4 robot cleaner now in use.
    Looking to add solar panels as soon as I straighten out the rest of the pump house.

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