Automatic Pool Cleaner for Gunite Pool?

Jenners314

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Apr 3, 2015
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Huntersville, NC
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!
 

Jenners314

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Huntersville, NC
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.
 

duraleigh

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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.
 

JoyfulNoise

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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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fields_g

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Rockville, MD
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.
 

bmoreswim

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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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