*Standing Sheepishly in front of a crowd*
My name is Michael Silvester and I’m a Poolaholic
I’m a pool shop owner from a little place on the other side of the
world called Australia…You may of heard of the place.
This is one of my first posts to the forum and I thought I would
provide some great information to the forum to help out the community.
Have you ever visited a pool cleaner website and wondered why
they make above ground and in ground pool models? Let me use
barracuda as an example. Please keep in mind that this info will
apply to most other vacuum sided cleaners too.
Ok…go over to the zodiac website and check out the cleaners.
Would you be able to pick what is an above ground pool cleaner and
what’s in ground if the site didn’t tell you what pool it suited? My bet is NO!
But I’m about to fix that
Let me tell you the difference…
I’m only going to use the vacuum side cleaners to make this
example a little simpler.
So…I’ve grouped the cleaners together…
Above ground pool cleaners
In ground pool Cleaners
Can you see the difference yet?
Take a look at the skirt (this disc at the bottom)…the above ground
pool cleaners have a disk at the bottom that is completely flat. You know why?
It’s because above ground pool cleaners don’t have to deal with main drains
and other extrusions normally found in an in ground pools. Above ground
pools have flat floors with nothing to get caught on.
The In ground pool cleaners have a disc that has fins…this is to allow the
cleaner to get up and over main drains etc. Now are you starting to see
a difference? Good!
Now is there anything else that makes the cleaners different from each
other? No..Not really! Do you really think that a pool cleaner can really
tell that it’s in an above ground pool or an in ground pool? Absolutely Not!
The only difference between all the barracuda models is the skirt
(the disk on the bottom) and the body.
The body makes absolutely no difference to the performance to the
cleaner...it’s just there for looks and a bigger price tag. The internal
diaphragm and parts are all exactly the same.
So…to wrap this up.
Can you use an above ground pool cleaner in an in ground pool?
Not really they are not designed to go over main drains and other objects.
Can you use an in ground pool cleaner in your above ground pool?
Absolutely! If anything your barracuda will have an easier life in an
above ground pool.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little lesson I prepared for you and I
hope to spend a lot more time in this forum helping out.