5 Things to know about the
Polaris 280 . . .
It is generally considered superior to the Polaris 180 and is
comparable to the Polaris 380.
Without going into a great
many specifics, the Polaris 280 is generally considered better than the
Polaris 180 and the Polaris 380. The 280 is
mechanically superior to the 180. The 380 operates using belts to drive
the wheels, which you will have to replace. The 280 operates using an
axle instead of being belt driven. Basically, they're very comparable
in nature, but I'm discussing the 280 because that's what we have in
our pool. If you can find a good deal on a 380, then I would definitely
recommend it, too.
The Polaris 280 needs a booster pump to operate.
The Polaris 280 operates on water pressure
instead of electricity like an Aquabot. Some cleaners can just be
hooked up to a water jet or even operate from suction from being
attached to the skimmer. However, the 280 operates on its own
circulatory system. Furthermore, the 280 needs a booster pump in order
to provide the water power for the cleaner to operate.
The Polaris 280 needs specific plumbing.
As I mentioned a minute ago, the Polaris 280
needs its own circulatory system. Therefore, the 280’s plumbing is best
installed when the in-ground pool is being built. It is possible to
have the plumbing installed after the pool is made, but this would
either lead to pipes laying over top of your concrete deck or your
concrete deck will need to be torn up and holes drilled into through
the pool wall (and liner) and so forth. If you are building a pool,
plan ahead on this one and have the pool builder install one.
Get a timer for the Polaris 280.
You may have a timer for your pool pump, so
that you can run your pool for, say, 12 hours a day. However, you have
another timer for your Polaris so you can just set it to run for 3
hours a day. This will keep your pool consistently clean, will reduce
the cost of electricity, and will minimize the wear and tear on the
Know that you will still have to put in a little effort.
While it will do the majority of the pool
cleaning, you will have to empty your Polaris bag on a regular basis,
depending on how much debris ends up in the pool. Also, you should
still brush your steps and your walls regularly to prevent any kind of
build-up. However, other than some brushing and bag emptying, your
Polaris is going to do the rest of the work.
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