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    Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    Hi All,

    In the process of bidding PB for a pool. Our yard has several live oak trees that - once trimmed - will shade approx 1/4 of the pool. Does anyone have any advise on the best pool cleaning system to handle the trees and acorns etc.

    We researched:
    auto pool cover - dropped due to having to clean the cover before retracting and cost
    X-treme clean in floor cleaner - worried that it won't be effective with acorns (they claim it will handle up to 3/4"), the cost to run and the cost to install
    The Pool Cleaner - dropped as the manufacturer said it won't handle acorns
    Zodiac G3 - both neighbors (both have oaks as well) have and swear by it. I think it looks like a sea monster.

    Any thoughts? Any other systems or products that I should consider?

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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    If you decide to get a suction side cleaner, you probably want one of these too:
    Hayward W530 Large Capacity Leaf Canister
    That way the junk isn't going into your pump basket.

    Pressure side cleaners seem to be most effective at large junk, but the Zodiac does say large stuff such as limbs and pebbles on their site.
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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    How big is the pool?
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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    How big is the pool?
    32x16 or 18

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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    Chainsaw.

    Okay, I'm kidding, but for the last couple weeks the live oaks were really a pain. We were emptying skimmers multiple times per day. And I had to clean the pump basket every other day. However, our Polaris 380 (a pressure side cleaner) did just find keeping the bottom clean. It picks up acorns, small sticks, my swim goggles, etc. I can't think of anything it has failed to pick up.
    20,000 gal in-ground plaster pool with sand filter. Replastered recently. Mostly adding bleach and acid. CYA was high when I took over.

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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    32 x 16 is a fairly large pool. I would consider a robot in the $1000 range to do a good job.

    Do not plan on ANY cleaner being able to pick up a really large volume of solid material......there is not enough capacity in the bag. If your solid material is moderate, you'll have good luck. If you get as much as I do, you'll need a very sturdy leaf net.
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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    [QUOTE=SwimAustin;623725]Chainsaw.QUOTE]

    Ha! I agree til I saw the fines from the city. Need a permit to even trim (application goes in Monday) and, if we manage to get approval to remove any - I have 12 that are growing so close together they are weakening each other - I have to plant 4 oaks for every one removed. It's stupid crazy.

    Will look into the Polaris 360. Thanks for the input.

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    Re: Best Pool Cleaner for Oak Trees

    Alabama here. Have tons of large trees on city property right behind my pool. My tree guy would cut them down for $200 per tree. Thought I better call city's Urban Forester first. I didn't want to get fined. City would only allow 5 trees to be cut as long as they did the cutting at $650 per tree. Needless to say I just keep leaf rank and Jandy Leaf handy and pray for a big strong to blow them down in the opposite direction. I've had a pool all my life but no trees around. After buying the house w pool I thought "who would build a pool with a gazillion trees around it"? Then thought, dummy, who would BUY a house with a pool with a gazillion trees around it! Umm...that'd be me!
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