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    Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    Currently I have a Polaris 380 with the booster pump and I find it doesn't pick up all the debris in the pool and it continues to get stuck on our stairs and doesn't "unstick" itself. We've had two pool companies come out and both say it's working in great condition and they wouldn't replace it. To say I'm fed up is an understatement. HELP!
    25,000 gallon IG gunite pool/spa w waterfall (Pool built roughly around 1990)
    Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter Model #S244T2 Emerson 1081 Pool Motor 2 speed Hayward SwimPure Plus Turbo Cell (for 40,000 gallons) Polaris 380 with separate booster pump

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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    I love my Doheny's Discovery Robot. It works WAY better than my old Pentair Legend II pressure cleaner. More about it in my pool thread, link in sig. Also more here, First Robotic Cleaner, Doheny's Discovery
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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    Here's what it does constantly!

    Polaris 380 - YouTube
    25,000 gallon IG gunite pool/spa w waterfall (Pool built roughly around 1990)
    Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter Model #S244T2 Emerson 1081 Pool Motor 2 speed Hayward SwimPure Plus Turbo Cell (for 40,000 gallons) Polaris 380 with separate booster pump

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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    I'm stalking your thread now ☺️

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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    LOL!! Yeah, throw that thing far, far away!
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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    Why isn't the tail sweep operating on that 380??
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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    I know! 😩

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    No clue. Literally two companies have come out to look at it. Its doing WAY more than it was. But it's still not cleaning up the debris.

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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    I'm pretty sure that tail sweep is broken. I also think it is an essential part of the cleaners ability to pick up debris. I would fix the cleaner.
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    Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    I've never owned a pressure cleaner but that seems to be moving quite fast in my opinion. I'm not sure how it can clean anything zipping around like that. And, as others have noted, it's dragging the tail-sweep behind it and the sweep is barely moving.

    I'd bring it into a pool shop that does repairs and show them that video. I bet the repair guy would know what's going on.

    On a separate note, after using my suction side cleaner for four seasons with mediocre results, I just purchased a robot cleaner. Worlds of difference and I'm so happy with it so far. Wish I hadn't waited as long as I did but I'm glad I made the switch.


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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    At first glace of the video, I was thinking you might be having a problem with the backup valve not firing. I was looking for the proper RPM for a 380 and found THIS PAGE (28-32 RPM BTW). Looking over the page, though, might give you some things to try.
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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    If you are fed up and want to eliminate the booster pump, get a robot! My pressure side cleaner was still working just like day 1 (which is to say not that good) and I just threw it and it's booster to the side. But you will spend $500 - $1,000 which ain't chump change.
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    Re: Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

    It's been repaired twice- by two different pool companies and this is the best it's worked in a long time. I think I may pull the trigger on a Discovery!

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