Have an old (circa 1998) Polaris 280 that is just about shot. I can buy the rebuild kit and replace all the parts that are worn out (the bottom, the bearings and wheels, the drive wheel, etc (basically everything I haven't already replaced). But in the 2 years we've had the house it's never done all that great a job, so I'm wondering if I might be better served by going another way.
Out pool is relatively big in terms of square feet, but shallow - a party pool. It's basically a big rectangle ranging between 3 and 4 feet deep. One corner of the pool is taken by the spa. One wall of the pool is about a 6 foot straight up rise to a flowerbed planter thing above. There's a pergola on one side. This terrible iphone pic will help:
The next door neighbors have a ton of old, majestic live oak trees which just pour leaves and those "oak worm" fuzzy things for all of March, April and May. Then in fall the other trees kick in. The Polaris just can't keep up, even when it's working right, and even with me spending a lot of time with the leaf bagger.
I basically need something that will pick this stuff up off the bottom - sides and steps aren't a big issue. I look at those tank-like robots and they just seem to make sense. I'm not adverse to installing a booster or whatever if it keep the pool clean.
Before you ask, I have had a few cover salesmen out and because of the side and the pergola, the cover options were non-starters - big goofy spools at the front of the pool and the like.
So what should I do? Replace the 280 or go another way?