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Thread: Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

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    Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

    We currently have a Sta-Rite System 3 cartridge filter, which has been rather painful to clean. Our builder has recommended switching to the Pentair Clena and Clear 420 filter.

    We are at the point where we need filters for the Sta-Rite system (~ $500 online). The Pentair new filter installation is $1000 but the replacement filters are signifcantly cheaper.

    Are the Pentair filters any easier to clean and maintain?

    Thoughts? Feedback?

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    Re: Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I seem to recall a few complaints about the System 3 filters, cleaning, and the expensive replacements. Although I am not sure the Pentair is any easier to clean, but I think the replacements cartridges are cheaper.

    How are you cleaning them? There are hose attachments that apparently make the process easier.

    Here is a very similar question:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...-system-3-Cart

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    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...-filter-to-buy

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    Re: Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

    Welcome to TFP!

    The Clean and Clear series is generally well though of, while I hear negatives about the System 3 far more often. Of course any cartridge filter is somewhat annoying to clean.
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    Re: Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

    If you decide to stay with the Sta-Rite filter, I have purchased a set of genuine Sta-Rite filters for my 300sf System3 from eBay for $300 (seller: a1_superdeals).
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    12,000 gal. IG Colorquartz, 1.65hp Sta-Rite with 2-spd motor, 300sf cartridge, disabled SWG, AquaLogic P4, Polaris 280, gas+solar, 6' sheer descent with dedicated pump

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    Re: Sta-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter vs Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Filter

    Excelfilters.com has a sta rite system 3 retro fit kit that gets rave reviews. When I'm up for replacement filters I will be purchasing.
    pool size - 40kgal
    finish - Gunite
    pump size in horsepower and brand-Variable Speed, Hayward EcoStar SVRS3400
    filter size - Sta-Rite S8M150
    additional equipment - Hayward CL220 Chlorinator

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