Zodiac F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

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  • Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 pressure side pool cleaner
  • Works in all in-ground pools; requires Polaris booster pump
  • Palletized in multiples of 16 units
  • Ready to connect to 1.5-inch dedicated pressure cleaner line
  • Includes 31-feet of feed hose
The dependable Polaris 280 pool cleaner easily connects to a dedicated pressure line. Powered by double jets and a separate booster pump, the 280 is suitable for all in-ground pools. It sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums the bottom, walls, and steps of the pool. It also traps large debris like leaves and pebbles in its own filter bag. Also available in a TankTrax model for vinyl pools.

This Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 pressure side pool cleaner works in all in-ground pools; requires Polaris booster pump. Palletized in multiples of 16 units. Ready to connect to 1.5-inch dedicated pressure cleaner line. Includes 31-feet of feed hose.

First, you must have a separate pump plumbed in for the Polaris cleaner or you cannot install this cleaner. It needs it’s own pump to work off the pressure (return) side of the pool verse the suction (skimmer/side port) side.

I have several customers with these cleaners installed (Two with Polaris 180 models which means that after 15 years they are still working fine) and all work off the same principal. The Polaris pump sends high pressure to the line the Polaris is attached to spinning the wheels and moving the cleaner. Every few minutes the Backup valve activates and reverses the cleaner (prevents it from getting stuck in one area).

These cleaners work well if they are set up correctly. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

Hose length is important. Too much hose and the cleaner will not work properly.

The Back-up Valve must be installed 14-20 inches from the cleaner and the water opening (where water shoots out of) must be facing the cleaner and not away from it. These valves tend to fail often. To know if it is working properly, lift it out of the water when the Polaris is running. If water is continuously shooting out and never stops, it has failed and you need a new one, otherwise the Polaris will not run.

The Quick Disconnect that attaches the Polaris to the wall also has an adjustment on it, make sure it is not all the way open or there will not be enough pressure. They tend to crack under the pressure so check it periodically to see if water is shooting out of it from a crack.

Sometimes when you clean the filter, some element will enter the Polaris return line. Simply disconnect the wall connector and clean out the small debris basket (looks like a Thimble).

If you find the Polaris on it’s side in the bottom of the pool, the rear float has probably failed and is full of water. Simply remove it and install a new one. These are the most common problems you will have.

If the cleaner starts and runs for a few seconds then stops, then runs again and stops; check the skimmer basket & pump basket for debris (possibly low water too), if pool does not run the Polaris will not either since it works off the return water pressure.

If the Polaris hose is tangled and doesn’t seem to unwind, just add a Swivel to the hose by cutting the hose with a blade, and inserting a swivel with 2 nuts to hold it in. Make sure the arrow on the swivel is pointed towards the Polaris and don’t add a swivel within 10 FT of the Polaris (otherwise it will do 360 all day).

The manufacturer recommends Polaris Tail Sweep Pro Accessory if the Polaris tail is shooting water out of the pool. This will keep it from shooting out onto the deck.

This would be a five star cleaner if not for a separate pump running when it is cleaning, not a very energy efficient set up even if you only need to run it 2 hours a day. With all that said, the cleaner should give you many years of great service. The parts do wear out (although I have several units that I haven’t had to rebuild in 5 plus years), most commonly the rubber Tires and the wheel bearings. The other parts seem to last a very long time. A very good cleaner.

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