Over ther years, I have had a Barracuda suction side cleaner, some other cheap suction side cleaner (think it was called a Ribbit, and looked like a frog ). Later, in 2000, I bought an Aquabot, the basic one.
Aquabot was great, dropped it in Friday night, and pool was spotless by Saturday morning. Died on my a couple years ago, stopped moving. The drive motor died, and drive motors are over $250, so I have not repaired my Aquabot yet. I actually dismantled the motor last weekend, and figured out the thing had jammed because the gear on the motor spindle stripped. Motor itself is fine, but since the gears are stripped it won’t work anymore.
I don’t want to spend $250 on my Aquabot, because based on this one, I don’t trust the drive motor to last, and it’s the most expensive thing to replace, if it fails.
So, I am thinking about a Pool Rover Plus from Costco. Since the Pool Rover only has the only motor, for both cleaning and creating a jet to move it, it won’t have the same problem as my Aquabot did.
But, I was checking out this site, on robotic pool cleaners,
http://www.i-love-my-aquabot-automatic- ... eaner.com/
and it says the Pool Rover style cleaners don’t move as fast after the filter bags starts to get dirty. I guess it’s more of a problem with in ground pools, like mine, where there is a slope between shallow and deep ends to go up.
Any comments would be appreciated, I’m tired of vacuuming my pool. And, even after I vacuum, there’s always still some junk in the pool. When the Aquabot was working, pool was spotless on Saturday morning.
BTW, I took out the drive motor, and all of the gears/belts from my aquabot, and just left in the pump motor, and the "wheels". It's not bad as a manual vacuum, when set up like this. I just use my pool brush to push it around.