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    Economical cleaner

    I'm looking for an economical cleaner and have been considering the following:

    Barracuda g2,
    Mx-8
    Thepoolcleaner
    Polaris 360


    I have an 18x36 inground, sand filter. No dedicated cleaner line. Which would you recommend? Want to stay under $500. Mostly concerned with sand, dead algae and some leaves and maple keys. Are there any others I should consider?


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    Re: Economical cleaner

    No one?


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    Re: Economical cleaner

    How would you hook up the Polaris 360?
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    On one of the returns...


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    Re: Economical cleaner

    I don't know much about all of the various types of cleaners, however, I do know that the polaris 360 works with its own return line that is connected to a booster pump.
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    Without a dedicated cleaner line, you can not use a pressure side cleaner which leaves you with a suction cleaner (I would recommend the PoolCleaner) or a robot (limited selection under $500).
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    The PoolCleaner, very happy with mine 3.5 years and only replaced the tires.
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    Ive read good reviews about ThePoolCleaner, though I have never used one.
    I dont recally any negative reviews about them.
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Without a dedicated cleaner line, you can not use a pressure side cleaner which leaves you with a suction cleaner (I would recommend the PoolCleaner) or a robot (limited selection under $500).
    Actually I believe the 360 and legend II run off a standard return, no booster pump required. I'm really leaning towards a robot, but the initial expense sure is off putting.


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    Re: Economical cleaner

    You could buy a Kreepy Krauly on Craigslist for ~$100. We have been happy with ours.
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    Re: Economical cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by tbell_1 View Post
    Actually I believe the 360 and legend II run off a standard return, no booster pump required. I'm really leaning towards a robot, but the initial expense sure is off putting.
    They may not need a booster pump, but you still need a dedicated cleaner line so you can force enough water flow through it using valves. If you just try to hook it to one of your regular return jets, the path of least resistance for the water will be to the other jets and the cleaner will not get enough flow ... unless ... all your returns are plumbed separately to your equipment pad and you can close off the non-cleaner ones if needed.
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