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Thread: Will any robot cleaner work for my Roman-shaped pool?

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    West Chester, PA

    Will any robot cleaner work for my Roman-shaped pool?

    Our Jandy Ray-Vac bit the dust and so we just purchased the Pool Rover Plus from Costco. (Our pool is what I think is called Roman shaped: rectangular with half-circles on the ends.)

    The unit does a fantastic job cleaning except for one thing--the shape and location of our wide layer-cake steps seem to push the unit out of the shallow end no matter what, since the bottom step in one corner of the shallow end faces the deep end. Which means the unit ran for 6 hours both times we tried it before hauling it out and calling it a night.

    The unit travels up to the steps, and then keeps going until both front wheels are touching the step, which means that no matter what when it changes directions it heads down to the deep end. Changing the timing cycle both up and down doest not address this issue.

    So here's my question:
    Does the shape of my pool preclude this type of cleaner?
    The Ray-Vac, despite it's old technology worked well, when it worked. But I got so sick of replacing the super-expensive bits of plastic, and have read so many glowing reviews here about the robot cleaners.
    And I really would like to avoid paying $1200. for a cleaner. Am I out of luck?
    TF-100 Test Kit, 28,000 gallon IG , 3M quartz plaster '09, 48 sq ft DE filter, Heat Siphon SX5HP heat pump '09, Polaris 360 '10, Protect-A-Child safety fence

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Poughquag, NY

    Re: Will any robot cleaner work for my Roman-shaped pool?

    Have you tried changing the wheel direction (using the large pin at the front of the Rover?). That changes the direction that the Rover turns in when backing up - it might help (but might not!). Just checking.
    20 x 40 vinyl IG. SWG. Solar. Ikeric VS pump.

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