Moving from Dolphin Triton PS robot to Polaris 380/3900 plus booster pump? or not.)

mystrwizard

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May 3, 2013
17
Ive been fighting my robot for a while that took a dump. Ive got a Dolphin Trinton PS, the orange color purchased in 2016 that started doing what most do, I turn on > goes forward a few feet > backs up a few feet> then stops. Ive seen the websites on fixing this issue, I went as far as opening up the unit, pulling out the motors and checking the bearings, taking the electric motors apart, all seemed ok all though when I opened up the one larger motors that is used for the impeller it had a bunch of carbon from the brushes but I cleaned that out thinking all fixed. Then I would then run the robot while taken apart and would still end up stopping. figured it was one of the circuit boards which there are four, two in the robot and two in the power supply. I am pretty good at tearing apart and building stuff, but am not an electronics person.

Big question, do I spend the money and buy another robot or go back to the mechanical advantage/non-electronic style (easy to repair) and go with booster pump (PB4-60 or PB4SQ) and either the Polaris 380 or 3900? Prices are equivalent (kind of) but my issues are with the robot, if it goes bad and ends up out of warranty, there are so many potential areas of problems (mechanical, electrical) that I may not be able to fix, but with the pressure side cleaner, its all mechanical. No matter what issue arises, I should be able to fix and purchase parts to repair.

Love to hear opinions either way. If you feel I should go the robot cleaner side, please give me some recommendations as to brands and models.

Thanks

Reese
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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I like my pressure side cleaner because it is all mechanical and can be rebuilt and repaired. I have a Polaris 380 that is still going strong but if I was buying now I would get the Polaris Quattro Sport cleaner.

 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
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Reese,

Robots last for 5 to 7 years and then generally have to be replaced..

If that does not work for you, then you should be looking at something else..

For me, If I have a choice between a free pressure or suction side cleaner, or buying a robot, I'd be spending money... :mrgreen:

In my case this is not a ROI kind of thing... I like the way robots work and the fact that it does not need to stay in the pool when not in use..

But, that is me, and everyone is different..

Only you can decide what makes the most sense for you.

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

mystrwizard

Member
May 3, 2013
17
I agree, i love the way the robot worked when it worked but what pisses me off is when it broke down, there was basically no way to repair it. I could have rebuilt all the motors, all elecrical was working but assuming the circuit boards were going bad, Im out of the picture and have to bite the bullet to replace or buy new. Its anoying, dropping close to $1000 on something that there is no recourse to repair withing a reasonable cost.
 

jark87

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Jun 5, 2011
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Jandy Aquapure 1400
I’ve had my Polaris pressure side cleaner for 15 years now. The only thing I’ve ever had to replace is the bag and a couple of connectors on the hose. The cleaner itself works just like it did on day 1. I’ve heard of all of the robot advantages, but the fact that I don’t have to mess with my cleaner at all is the greatest advantage for me. I’m sure robots clean better, with the brushes and all, but my cleaner does just fine and picks up plenty of small debris, like cedar elm seeds. I like that I’m not required to take it out of the pool, but I can certainly do so if we have guests. It weighs less than a robot and stores just as easily. If a robot offered an easier solution, I’d jump on it, as I’m all for the least amount of effort required on my part. 🙂
 
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markayash

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Mar 21, 2016
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I’ve had my Polaris pressure side cleaner for 15 years now. The only thing I’ve ever had to replace is the bag and a couple of connectors on the hose. The cleaner itself works just like it did on day 1. I’ve heard of all of the robot advantages, but the fact that I don’t have to mess with my cleaner at all is the greatest advantage for me. I’m sure robots clean better, with the brushes and all, but my cleaner does just fine and picks up plenty of small debris, like cedar elm seeds. I like that I’m not required to take it out of the pool, but I can certainly do so if we have guests. It weighs less than a robot and stores just as easily. If a robot offered an easier solution, I’d jump on it, as I’m all for the least amount of effort required on my part. 🙂
My Polaris seemed to need parts every 4 or 5years but it was repairable. Just didn’t clean near as good as a robot. Like sweeping vs vacuuming a hardwood floor