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Zodiac F7 Polaris ATV Suction Side Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Polaris ATV suction side cleaner
  • Works in all in-ground pools
  • Operates on a dedicated vacuum line or skimmer
  • Includes 42-feet of feed hose

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002HRET74
  • Item model number: F7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,968 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Polaris' first suction side cleaner which operates off your existing filter system--eliminating the need for a debris bag or booster pump. Unique built-in drive mechanism allows it to free itself quickly from the obstacles it encounters while vacuuming your pool's floor and walls. The powerful pool vacuum has an extra-large throat that picks up large debris, even acorns and pebbles. Easy to install, includes 40 ft. of hose, instructions, and the legendary Polaris pool cleaner reputation for superior quality and engineering.

The Polaris ATV combines style and performance with translucent, UV-resistant housing, snap-on hubcaps, and spoke wheels with patented, reversible tires. A built-in reverse drive mechanism frees the ATV from pool obstacles and makes it the only cleaner that vacuums in reverse. Easily connecting to the skimmer or dedicated suction line, the Polaris ATV deposits small to medium debris directly into the pool filter. A flow regulator optimizes and automatically adjusts the water flow to the cleaner so it is always vacuuming, while the exclusive auxiliary inlet keeps water flowing to the pump, even if the throat gets clogged.

Product Description

This Polaris ATV suction side cleaner works in all in-ground pools. Operates on a dedicated vacuum line or skimmer. Includes 42-feet of feed hose.

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Customer Reviews

It's totally worthless, constantly getting stuck over steps, corners, and pool drains.
aturser
My pool was really dirty because the previous owner of this house didn't take care of the pool and the pool was green and brown.
M. MOUA
First time I used it I thought it wasn't going to do the job because my pool was very dirty, however it worked really well.
Ed

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. MOUA on October 14, 2010
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I purchased this Pool Cleaner a few weeks ago and here is my result. It is very effective as far is cleaning ability goes, if it can get there, it can clean it. My pool was really dirty because the previous owner of this house didn't take care of the pool and the pool was green and brown. After the chemical cleaning, I needed the Polaris ATV to do it's job and it did it quite nicely. As I said, as long as it can get to it, it can clean it.

It is also very, very easy to install...Pretty much just plug everything together and drop it in your pool.

The Cons:

For my pool and my experience, The Polaris can not clean the side walls well or doesn't go to the side enough to clean it. My side walls are still dirty. It has a hard time climbing my stairs. Many times, it'll just get stuck there. The wheels aren't large enough and once it gets into a bad angle, it gets stuck because none of it's wheels are touching the ground.

UPDATE:

After a 1 year and some odd months, the plastic belt broke ($25-30) and something else broke which I can't locate but the Polaris cleaner wheels NO LONGER MOVES. I don't remember what the name of that part is but its the part that makes the three wheels move forward and backward. Estimated repair part from my local pool store is $200. What a waste of money for the price I paid for this thing. AVOID AT ALL COST.

I've come to the conclusion that many of not most pool cleaners are not reliable, even very expensive ones. Research EACH COMPANY, EACH MODELS thoroughly. For example, this Polaris ATV F7 have lots of issues but one of the most time tested pool cleaner that is consistantly rated well is the Polaris 280.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bottlerocket on May 22, 2011
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I bought this to replace a Hayward navigator. I really like the upgrade to wheels over those stupid Hayward Navigator wings. Wheels make a lot more sense! The product comes with a handy flow tester that allows you to tweak the suction in your pool cleaner port to match what the Polaris is expecting (for example turn up the cleaner and turn down the skimmers). Mostly I find that the ATV gets around my pool more thoroughly and effectively than the Navigator ever did. I have a deep end and the navigator spent most of it's time inching around the deep end. The ATV gets up to the shallow end and runs around the whole pool thoroughly. The hoses that it comes with are high quality too and worth a fair amount of the purchase price. It would be nice if they'd offer the product with or without the hoses to eliminate duplication. It also comes with attachment pieces to allow you to attach the cleaner to your skimmer if you don't have a dedicated cleaner port.

Recommended.

Edit: Update 12 months later - This is a great product. I can't say enough how much better this cleaner works than my Hayward Navigator. It is much more mobile and much less likely to get tripped up by leaves.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Holland on August 1, 2010
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We love this product. It really cleans great. In eight hours it will clean a 16x32 inground pool.

Pros: cleans fast, cleans well, easy to hook up, cleans walls and steps
Cons: We have a separate suction port and the skimmer must be plugged up when using the atv for it to work well. We were hoping to leave the skimmer open and let the atv use the suction port.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mo on April 16, 2011
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Follow-up review after 2 years.
I've come to the conclusion there's not a great product anywhere for pool cleaning. My Polaris ATV now runs mostly backwards and quite slow. I've been told the gear assembly should be replaced and it seems it may be expensive. When it was new, I was happy with it. As it got older, it slowed and it's getting stuck on my drain covers and bottom stair. For that purpose, I've taken down a star but if I can go half stars, I wouldn't drop it down to a 3 but rather 3.5. It's alright but none are great. I'll probably fix as oppose to trying yet another.

I was tired of constantly having to repair my Hayward UltraVac so decided to try something with a smoother operation. The Hayward UltraVac has recipricating feet and this, I believe wears the parts down annually. My repair costs were probably averaging $50 ~ $75/year. I will say that when the UltraVac is in good working condition, it worked very well with the exception of hanging up on my main drain covers even after I replaced them with lower profile ones.
The Polaris seems like a good product so far but here are two main features I would point out to any new buyers:
1. It comes with a flow measurement tool. When you adjust the flow to the specified level, it doesn't do much to clean the pool. The cleaner sits a little off the ground and at the recommended flow rate, most debris is simply passed over. Also at this flow rate, it doesn't go up the walls at all but that wouldn't matter as it wouldn't pick up debris anyway.
TURN UP THE FLOW. It may ultimately cause my unit to wear quicker but it seems to do a decent job now.
2. It doesn't allow the larger debris to pass through the suction hole. It does pick up a reasonable amount of stuff though.
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