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    Question new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    Unfortunately after just adding a new VS pump to my system, my booster pump is now leaking water at the head and making some low level screeching noises (happened about 2-3 weeks after new primary pump went in). At this point I'm shopping for a new pump. The booster pump is 11 years old.

    Is this the one option for the Polaris 280? Or anything else to consider?
    http://www.amazon.com/Zodiac-PB4-60-..._cd_al_qh_dp_t

    Also, what RPM should I set my primary VS pump when I run the cleaning cycle on the booster pump/Polaris? Or do I need to be running the primary VS pump at all?
    Built 2003, 14k Gallons, IG Pebbletec, Primary Pump: Sta-Rite Intellipro VS, Sta-Rite Series 3 S8M150 Cartridge Filter, Fiberstars Jazz Light w/Color Wheel, Polaris 280 Vacuum (Runs Zodiac PB4-60 Booster Pump) and 2 Waterfalls (Run on separate, dedicated 1HP Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II Pump).

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    Re: new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    That booster pump is fine.

    The main pump must be running any time you are using the booster pump. However, the speed of the main pump doesn't really matter as far as the booster is concerned. Run the main pump at whatever speed you would normally be running it at.
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    Re: new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    I run my main on high while running the booster, not because of the booster, but because that is my cleaning time. I figure get max skimmer and filter effect while the cleaner is running around stirring stuff up.
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    Re: new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    Sounds good, thanks for all of the input... new pump going in this week. I noticed while doing some research that mine is missing that little gray mesh/foam thing that sits on the end of the tail when it whips around. Worth replacing that or getting some extras?
    Built 2003, 14k Gallons, IG Pebbletec, Primary Pump: Sta-Rite Intellipro VS, Sta-Rite Series 3 S8M150 Cartridge Filter, Fiberstars Jazz Light w/Color Wheel, Polaris 280 Vacuum (Runs Zodiac PB4-60 Booster Pump) and 2 Waterfalls (Run on separate, dedicated 1HP Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II Pump).

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    Re: new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    eBay for those tail scrubbies. You'll pay 1/2 or less than pool store.
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    Re: new pump for pool cleaner, only option?

    Quote Originally Posted by svenpup View Post
    eBay for those tail scrubbies. You'll pay 1/2 or less than pool store.
    Thanks, just picked a 5 pack up for pretty cheap. New booster pump going in today and new tail scrubby too!
    Built 2003, 14k Gallons, IG Pebbletec, Primary Pump: Sta-Rite Intellipro VS, Sta-Rite Series 3 S8M150 Cartridge Filter, Fiberstars Jazz Light w/Color Wheel, Polaris 280 Vacuum (Runs Zodiac PB4-60 Booster Pump) and 2 Waterfalls (Run on separate, dedicated 1HP Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II Pump).

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