polaris 280 vs 380

wxperson

New member
Oct 1, 2010
1
Hi,

I am new here..

What is the difference between the Polaris 280 and 380?

I have a pool with a polaris booster pump and really old polaris unit (not sure what it is).. that does not operate very well.

I know there are repair kits but with a $150 rebate.. it looks like I can get a new 380 for $400 or so.

Thanks,

George
 

PoolGuyNJ

TFP Expert
May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
The 280 uses gear drives and the 380 is belt driven. This is inside the sweep. The catch bags are different too. That's about sums it up. They both work.

Scott
 

taekwondodo

LifeTime Supporter
Apr 26, 2009
419
I've never had to replace the gear drives on 280s - I'm always replacing belts on 360s/380s... that, and the 280 is cheaper - and in my experience does as good (if not better, but tough to determine) as the 380.
 

Slade B

In The Industry
Jan 30, 2011
6
There might not be much difference in performance, but the ease of homeowner repair and in my experience durability, you can't beat the 280. I hate working on the 380 and always recommend the 280.
 

DBfan187

In The Industry
Aug 7, 2007
806
near the swamp
Slade B said:
There might not be much difference in performance, but the ease of homeowner repair and in my experience durability, you can't beat the 280. I hate working on the 380 and always recommend the 280.
100% agree
 

hayfarmer

Platinum Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
Mar 29, 2009
275
eastern washington state
I have a 280 I like it very much, does a very nice job with silt bag. The only thing that i don't like about it is, That for some reason I break the axles off all the time... Its not a big deal to fix as long as you have extras around. And i do now.. I think the reason they break is from hitting the sides of the pool.. Other then that I would not be without it..
 

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