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Thread: In-ground Vs. Above-ground suction cleaners

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    Duncan, Oklahoma

    In-ground Vs. Above-ground suction cleaners

    Can anyone tell me what is the difference between above-ground and in-ground suction cleaners?

    I am a new pool owner and I am looking to buy a suction cleaner, but I don't understand why the suction cleaners that say they are for above ground pools are half the price of "in-ground" cleaners. I want to get the right tool for the job, but at the same time I don't want to spend more than I have to if the functionality is the same.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or info.

    David from Oklahoma

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    Senior Member JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD
    Generally the difference is that above ground cleaners are designed to run on a flat bottom, while in ground cleaners are designed to handle a sloped bottom.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    In gound cleaners also will climb pool walls.

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    Central Texas
    Yep, my Polaris 280 (for inground) climbs all the way up to the coping many times during its run.
    26,000 Gallon Gunnite IGP
    2 HP Challenger High Head Pump
    60sf Nautilus DE filter
    Polaris 280

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    Oct 2007
    Asheville, NC
    I've been meaning to ask a similar question. I have an AG pool with a deep end. I assume I can't use the AG pool cleaners, because I don't have a flat bottom, but have wondered if I can use the IG pool cleaners.

    1984 vintage 16x32 Doughboy vinyl AG w/deep end, Sand Filter

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