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Thread: Suggestions on setting up my new Polaris 280?

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    Suggestions on setting up my new Polaris 280?

    I'll be getting my new cleaner to replace my worn out Viper 550 on Wednesday.

    I'm looking for advice on how to set it up properly. I always felt that when the Viper was setup, the hose as cut too short, but I've never installed one before and they doing the install had . . . . The reason I felt this way is that it always would get stuck in the corner of the steps and the wall by the skimmer. That cleaner always traveled in a somewhat clockwise direction, and that is a bad angle to hit the steps when along the wall. When it got there the hose was somewhat taut so the cleaner had a hard time spinning around to get unstuck. I really don't want the same thing for the new cleaner.

    So any help on how to get the right length of hose, pressure settings etc would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks,
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Do you have the backup valve? I loved that when I had the 280.
    Salinda
    owner of ~37,000 gallon plaster IG pool/spa combo. Intelliflo VS+ filter pump, 2 hp whisperflo spa jet pump, Jandy Aqualink RS-6 with iAqualink upgrade, The Pool Cleaner 4x suction cleaner, Clean & Clear Plus 520 cartridge filter, Zodiac Clearwater LM2-40 SWG, Sta-rite 400k heater, solar heat pads and coils, Solar-Breeze NX.

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    The polaris manual will take you through proper setup step by step. Just follow it.

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    Ok, I read the manual and figure I can get the hose length correct.

    Is it better to set it up to run on the booster pump only, or should I run the filter pump on hi, low? Looks like there are different restrictors to control the water flow to the cleaner itself.

    Just don't know if I should run the filter pumps at the same time as the cleaner pump.

    thanks,
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    You ALWAYS have to run the main pump when the booster is running or you can burn out the booster pump. It is not self priming and needs to have the water flowing through it by the main pump. Run the main pump on high if it is multi speed when you run the booster. It's job is the BOOST the pressure in your line, hence the name booster pump. In fact, you are supposed to turn the main pump on first, then the booster and when you shut it off you turn the booster off first and then your main pump.

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    OK thanks, I know my timer already has the pump on high -> cleaner delay built in so I'll wire it up that way.

    Thanks,
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    I put it in yesterday and I love it!

    There is no way it can get stuck in the corner where the Viper did. With only powered wheels on every leading edge it just runs over everything.

    It does appear to run on two wheels a lot, leaned way over, but it may be the stiff hose. I'll keep an eye on it.

    thanks for everyones help,
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Make small adjustments when you screw in/out the little buoy on the top. Also, small adjustments on the outlet port on the back of the unit itself. A little goes a long way.
    MIKE

    21K Inground Custom w/ Spa (Gunite/Plaster), SWCG, Hayward Northstar, Polaris 280, Hayward Color Logics, Jandy PS-8

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    I've been running it for a while and see that it tends to tie itself up in a pretzel.

    When I cut the hose to length I took 48" out of both lengths of hose, basically on each side of the center swivel. I did not remove any of the floats. As I watch the cleaner in action I'm wondering if there are too many floats for the remaining hose. I wonder this because the floats are colliding and the cleaner can't untangle the hose because of this.

    Anything wrong with removing one float per hose section?

    thanks,
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    One issue we had with ours was the directional hose whipping out of the water all the time, spraying salt water on the back of the house.

    I bought a weight that attaches to the end of the hose, and it still moves like it should, but the hose stays in the water about 90% more.

    It might help with your floating issue??
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    for me the end hose if fine, it does come out of the water every once in a while, but not often.

    The hose floats I'm having issues with are on the main hose going to the cleaner.
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Line Float Location

    My PB just hooked up my Polaris blackmax 280 with two floats per line segment (between the swivels). He did not put a line float behind the backup valve - this caused the valve to drag on the pool bottom with the Polaris on two wheels. The solution was to move a line float to about 2' behind the backup valve to add flotation and get the valve off the bottom of the pool.

    Everything works great now.
    20K Gal IG gunnite pool with 6' diameter raised spa. Diamond Brite "Ocean Blue" Plaster. Whisperflo pumps, Pentair Cartridge Filter, Pentair 400K BTU Propane Heater

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    I removed a float from each main hose segment and that did help. I then re-timed the wheel rpm and found that they were a little slow at 25rpm so I removed the restricter valve and I'm now getting 31.

    The combination of both things seems to have helped a lot. I see the pretzel knots getting undone now. Hopefully that fixed it for me.
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanB
    One issue we had with ours was the directional hose whipping out of the water all the time, spraying salt water on the back of the house.

    I bought a weight that attaches to the end of the hose, and it still moves like it should, but the hose stays in the water about 90% more.

    It might help with your floating issue??
    Sean - what type of weight did you use for yours? We just had our Polaris installed and are having a similar issue.

    Thanks!

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    Still tweaking a little. I noticed that with the blue disc gone I get a lot of water coming out of the overflow valve.

    But with the blue disc I only get 25 rotations per minute and the hose twists.

    Is there anything wrong with drilling out the blue disk hole a little larger to try and get a happy medium?

    thanks,
    dave
    15,500 gal, inground gunite pool with 7 ft spa, 2 speed pump 2hp/.33hp, 3/4 hp booster pump, Intermatic P1353 timer, AutoPilot SC-48, Sand filter with ZeoBest, Heater, that I never use . . .

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    Nothing wrong with making the hole a little bigger. I've done that for some of my clients. If the water coming out of the overflow valve doesnt bother you then you can just leave it be. I'm surprised the weights didnt come with the polaris. They are usually yellow in color and ring shaped to go around the tail hose. If the tail is whipping around alot try adjusting the flow screw where the tail attaches to the unit. Usually when a polaris gets tangled it is a float issue or a swivel is backwards.

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