rebuild polaris 280/380 or buy robot

dford8583

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Nov 30, 2019
37
Mobile, Alabama
I bought this house with a pool. first time pool owner. I notice the Polaris 280 or 380 keeps running into the wall and is sticking there. I had a pool guy come by and he recommended changing the tail and swivels ( I replaced tail and have swivels coming) it looks like the back up valve is blowing through constantly and it seems like the wheels spin intermittently. I am wondering if it is worth it to break down and rebuild the Polaris or if I should cut my losses and use that money towards something newer and better. Also how can I tell if it is a 280 or a 380?

thanks!
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
I hate to say dump the Polaris if its still working but.... a robot works soooooooo much better! Cheaper on electricity (no pump running needed) and picks up far more finer debris than those pressure vacs ever do.

Maddie :flower:
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
The Maytronics S200 is my robot, and much loved by many, many TFP-ers. Maytronics sells the S200 under a couple of names/colors to some national pool chains. Here is a recent thread discussing it-
 
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Also how can I tell if it is a 280 or a 380?
Look at the difference in the right side wheels.


If you decide to keep your Polaris you should do a complete rebuild kit. The problem is often corrosion buildup in the bearings that cause friction and slow movement of the cleaner.
 

dford8583

Active member
Nov 30, 2019
37
Mobile, Alabama
I hate to say dump the Polaris if its still working but.... a robot works soooooooo much better! Cheaper on electricity (no pump running needed) and picks up far more finer debris than those pressure vacs ever do.

Maddie :flower:
How much cheaper?
Also does this eliminate the need for scrubbing and vacuuming manually? I am really considering.
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
12,432
Evans, Georgia
A pressure side or suction side cleaner requires the pool's pump to run for it to work. A robot does not need an auxillary pump or the pool's main pump. It runs on low voltage electricity.... all you need is an power outlet for the power pack. I think they are estimated to cost about 5 cents per hour to run.

The good robots also climb up the walls and scrub the water line.

This is the one many of us buy- Dolphin S200 Robotic Pool Cleaners - Maytronics
Many of us have found an online source that has the best prices- Marina Pool and Spa in Colorado.

Maddie :flower:
 

markayash

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Mar 21, 2016
917
Marrietta Ga
I just dumped by Polaris, 360 I think, and bought a dolphin and like it a lot so far. I rebuilt my Polaris about every other year and those kits aren’t cheap but it seemed to never work right. I also like the fact it’s brushing.
 

markayash

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Mar 21, 2016
917
Marrietta Ga
A pressure side or suction side cleaner requires the pool's pump to run for it to work. A robot does not need an auxillary pump or the pool's main pump. It runs on low voltage electricity.... all you need is an power outlet for the power pack. I think they are estimated to cost about 5 cents per hour to run.

The good robots also climb up the walls and scrub the water line.

This is the one many of us buy- Dolphin S200 Robotic Pool Cleaners - Maytronics
Many of us have found an online source that has the best prices- Marina Pool and Spa in Colorado.

Maddie :flower:
The warrior SE is the same and $699 including shipping