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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
  • Ready to connect to 1.5-inch dedicated pressure cleaner line
  • Includes 31-feet of feed hose
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 23 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002HRET6A
  • Item model number: F5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

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The Polaris 280 pressure-side pool cleaner
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The Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 pressure-side pool cleaner works in all in-ground pools and requires a booster pump. It is powered by double jets, providing greater vacuum power and faster cleaning (3 hours or less). The Polaris 280 easily connects to a dedicated pressure line and sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums all surfaces of the pool. The pressure cleaner is equipped with a single chamber filter bag where it captures large debris such as leaves, acorns, pebbles, and other small to large debris. Its unique filter bag removes debris before it reaches your pump basket or filter, prolonging the life of your filtration system.

The 280 requires a separately available booster pump, such as the PB4-60. Polaris pressure pumps are specifically designed to operate your cleaner at optimum cleaning efficiency. The compact, rugged design allows for maximum performance.

What's in the Box

280 Pressure-side pool cleaner; 31-foot hose kit; single chamber filter bag; and operating instructions

About Polaris

Polaris cleaners are the number one recognized brand of pool cleaners worldwide and have enjoyed 40 years as the top selling pressure pool cleaner. The new robotics from Polaris display the same high quality engineering, rugged construction, and reliability that pool owners have come to expect from the brand. Polaris Pool is part of the Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. family of products for the pool and spa.

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280 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

At a Glance
  • Powered by double jets, cleans a pool faster (3 hours or less)
  • Works in all in-ground pools of any size and shape
  • Unique filter bag removes debris before it reaches your pump basket or filter
  • Sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums the bottom and walls of your pool
  • Includes 31 feet of feed hose; equipped with single chamber filter bag for capturing larger debris
  • Runs off a booster pump (available separately)


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Right out of the box the polaris 280 worked perfect.
Eric W Ballantine
I must say it performs well, perhaps better than I expected and certainly better than my Viper.
Saturn94
Found this product to be very, very good and does a great job.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Dave CR TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 4, 2012
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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).
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Swimdad on September 20, 2009
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After receiveing the $85 quote to repair my aging Polaris cleaner I knew it was time for a new one. With all the incentives on the 380 or 3900 I was going to go with the 380 which was actually cheaper (after incentives) than the 280 but I started asking around - mostly pool professionals - and all (8 for 8) recommeneded the 280 even if the price were higher.

We are happy with the purchase and I was able to save over $100 by buying off Amazon vs. any retail store. There were a few other online sites where it was $15-$20 cheaper but didn't have the reputation or # of stars.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By tx_marketing_online on March 29, 2012
I have a 22,000 gal pool and have owned the 280, 380 and now the 3900 over the past 10 years. The 280 lasted 7+ years; I replaced it with the 380 and after 1-1/2 years of trying to get it to clean as good as the previous cleaner, I finally gave up and turned to the 3900. The 3900 has been in service now for about 1-1/2 years. The 3900 is a decent cleaner but the thing is like the quintessential Ferrari, runs great while it is running, but requires constant maintenance and tuning. Looking back, nothing cleans like that ole' 280. I recently spoke with 1) my original pool designer, 2) a neighbor who is an award winning pool designer, and 3) an experienced pool installer/maintainer that I have come to trust implicitly (I have worked with several, this guy is on top of his game). All three aforementioned sources wholeheartedly agreed that the 280 just cannot be beat by any of today's available cleaners. The simplicity and cleaning efficiency are unmatched. Right now I am stuck with the 3900 because of the money invested and have even had to replace the main gearbox for a cool $150, plus another $200 in tensioner/follower, bearings, hose attachment assembly, bags, etc, etc. Next major breakdown? ... this thing is out the door and it is back to the trusty 280 ... I hope this helps.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Tesla on August 18, 2009
I have tried a number of pool cleaners. Kreepy Krauly was worthless - gets stuck in corners, wears out your pump faster because of its action, gets clogged easily. Dolphin - biggest waste of money I've ever seen, don't get me started. My neighbor has the Polaris 360 that works off the return line - he hates it, these "Lo-pressure" cleaners do not work well. So when I drained my pool to have it replastered, I decided to install a booster pump and new line so that I could have a Polaris 280. Best decision I ever made. Cleans pool great. By far the best pool cleaner out there.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Pepo on March 20, 2010
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I had to replace my old Polaris 180. I used it for 10 years and it was already over 8 years old when I bought the house. The 280 cleans the pool very well with minimum maintenance. I put a 12 inches nylon sock (6 for $1.00 at the dollar store) over the exit going inside the bag and change it every 3-4 weeeks. This way I do not have to clean the bag. The 280 has an easy to handle bag, a wider suction mouth and the back flow device to move it from places to places in the pool every 5 min. help to make a perfect job. Polaris sent me free of charge a G-9 coupler to hook it up from my old .75 inch pool wall return. Buying through Amazon at discounted price contributed to make it overall an excellent buy.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Simon Walters on June 14, 2007
I just purchased my second Polaris 280. My first is still running but not as strong as when I first purchased it. However the thing works great. It does a nice job of stirring things up if it so the filter has a chance to work.

The one thing they don't tell you is they also sell these in black and while the first one I got with my pool was white, I have a a black gunite pool and it makes sense to have a black one.

The thing works like a charm and I can't say enough about it other than shut it off when changing the bag or you will get soaked.
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