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We had a Hayward Navigator at our last house. It was a good vacuum, but it didn't do the sides. When we moved to this house it had a Kreepy Krawler (sp). It made this clicking sound which is annoying, but it cleaned the sides. When it broke (old) I saw Lowes had one similar. Kinda looked the same and was cheap. $169.00. Well there is a reason it is cheap. It is a POS.

So the new hayward is $400.00, the kreepy krawley is about the same and I do not want to spend more than that.

The problem is I want one that cleans the sides but doesn't have that annoying clicking sound. Anyone have one that does what I want for the price I want?
 

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I replaced my Kreepy Krauler with a Barricuda G4 just last week. It cleans the sides and is much quieter. It was $384.

Unlike the Kreepy the barracuda bypasses the skimmer basket so I'm gonna have to add a leaf catcher. I'll be well over $400 by then.:mad:
 

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I have a Barracuda Alpha 3 that is probably about 11 years old. All I have to do is replace the diaphram once every year to year and a half. I found the diaphrams online for about 14 bucks each. The skirt gave out last year and I replaced that for 30 bucks. Very happy with it.
 

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I got rid of my Haward Pool cleaner and got Its called "The Pool Cleaner" Mine is the two wheel version. It climes the walls and never gets stuck.
 

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Using the "Hayward pool Vac" never a problem .If you have good pressure it will
run up the walls. It's about 12years old still going .I would buy it again.
 

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Both he houses I have with pools have the hayward...they work fine but if time comes to replace I might consider the Pool cleaner that rsoscia mentioned.
 

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I replaced my Kreepy Krauler with a Barricuda G4 just last week. It cleans the sides and is much quieter. It was $384.

Unlike the Kreepy the barracuda bypasses the skimmer basket so I'm gonna have to add a leaf catcher. I'll be well over $400 by then.:mad:
I have the G4 as well and it works great.
 

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The G4 and the Kreepy both use a snapper type diaphram, but I think the barrcuda is quieter. Aside from the noise I could recommend both brands.

The poolvergnugen pool cleaner works pretty well, but it lacks the ability to scrub the whole bottom and smooth it like a mat style cleaner.

A mat type cleaner reduces considerably the need to brush whereas a wheeled type cleaner really does not do this for you.

Overall I prefer the very simple mat style cleaners when using the suction side, and the wheeled ones only when using a pressure side cleaner.

The problem almost all suction side cleaners have is that they basically plug into the skimmer port and kill your skimmer. If you add a product like this- you will get an even BETTER version of your old skimmer back and your pool will be much cleaner.

Any pool cleaner can only catch what has already fallen to teh bottom and when this happens your water quality is already compromised so getting the debris off the top quickly not only helps your water quality but lightens the load the cleaner needs to carry.

Here is a video/review I took of both the g4 and the polaris LCS in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLdwxCZDvzI

Always trying to help people.......

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Thanks all.

I just ordered the Barracuda G4. 384.00 shipped to my door plus a 50.00 mail in rebate.
 

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Thanks all.

I just ordered the Barracuda G4. 384.00 shipped to my door plus a 50.00 mail in rebate.
Where did you get it?
 

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The problem almost all suction side cleaners have is that they basically plug into the skimmer port and kill your skimmer. If you add a product like this- you will get an even BETTER version of your old skimmer back and your pool will be much cleaner.

Any pool cleaner can only catch what has already fallen to teh bottom and when this happens your water quality is already compromised so getting the debris off the top quickly not only helps your water quality but lightens the load the cleaner needs to carry.




Uncle Dave
Look at something called a Vacmate.They allow you to plug your cleaner in and still have a skimmer. They work good but the gasket between the top and the basket is crappy. You dont really need it tho,it works just as good without it.Its also adjustable for the amount of suction you need.
 

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Look at something called a Vacmate.They allow you to plug your cleaner in and still have a skimmer. They work good but the gasket between the top and the basket is crappy. You dont really need it tho,it works just as good without it.Its also adjustable for the amount of suction you need.
The vac mate was my first attempt to solve the problem.

I actually have 2 vac mates- both for sale, I completely agree with your assessment of that gasket being crappy, as is the spring loaded retainer bar that holds the basket down when the pump is off. I also noticed the whole assembly flexes like crazy under a 1 hp pumps moderate pressure load-

verdict - CHIN-C

The LCS is MUCH higher quality component, adjustable for flow as well, and by virtue of it floating all over the pool vs being fixed it end up being a better skimmer.

Thanks!

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Thanks all.

I just ordered the Barracuda G4. 384.00 shipped to my door plus a 50.00 mail in rebate.

When you get the unit it will come with a valve like this they call it the "flowkeeper" - adjust the unit to run as slowly as possible but still climb the walls- this will reduce the snapping noise and extend the life of the diaphragm.

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Nord
I tried those codes and they did not work.

Dave
Thanks for the tip. I will do that.
 
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