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BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
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- Quiet, powerful suction cleaner; works with low-speed pumps for maximum efficiency.
- Devours small and medium-sized debris and cleans floor, walls and steps of your entire pool.
- FlowKeeper Valve automatically regulates water flow to maintain peak cleaning performance even with lower horsepower pumps.
- Wheel Deflector for movement around tight corners.
- Scuff-resistant Long-Life Hoses eliminate scuffs on all pool surfaces.
- 36-Fin Disc increases adhesion to pool surface and avoids getting hung-up on lights, drains covers, fittings and other pool features.
- Durable Long-Life Diaphragm with reliable, one-moving-part-technology
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Baracuda G3 Suction Cleaner
The G3 suction cleaner is a versatile in-ground suction cleaner that delivers superior performance and is compatible with low-speed pumps for maximum efficiency. Quick and easy to set up, this compact cleaner effectively inhales small and medium debris while thoroughly cleaning pool floors, walls and steps.
Only One Moving Part
The G3 has a Long-Life Diaphragm providing superior reliability. Plus, a Quick-Release Cassette makes it easy to access the diaphragm when needed.
One Cleaner Fits All
Concrete, tile or vinyl, the G3 works on them all. The 36-Finned Disc provides a wide cleaning path and adheres to any surface, maximizing surface area and suction for a more efficient cleaning with reliable and noticeable results.
Ease of Movement
Navigate tight corners with enhanced agility. The Wheel Deflector prevents the cleaner from getting stuck, ensuring continuous cleaning.
Zodiac is a registered trademark of Zodiac International, S.A.S.U., used under license.
The Baracuda G3 will thoroughly clean your inground pool floor and walls to automatically remove dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, leaves, sand and even pebbles. The G3 has only one operational moving part-the Long-Life Diaphragm. No gears, wheels, or flappers means simple operation, maximum power, and low-cost maintenance. It's compact and self-adjusting flow control valve automatically regulates water flow, ensuring peak performance even with lower horsepower pumps. Plus, Flowkeeper offers pool surface skimming with a turn of a switch.
From the Manufacturer
The Zodiac G3 In-Ground Suction Pool Cleaner is a quiet and powerful suction cleaner that works with low-speed pumps to clean with maximum efficiency. The G3 will devour small and medium-sized debris without trouble to ensure the floor, walls and steps of your entire pool receive a thorough cleaning.
The Zodiac G3 is compatible with any single, two-speed or variable-speed pumps to clean more efficiently and with less flow. G3 suction cleaners work with a FlowKeeper Valve that automatically regulates water flow, to maintain peak cleaning performance even with lower horsepower pumps. Plus, Flowkeeper offers pool surface skimming with a turn of a switch Intelligent Design Navigating an in-ground pool is made easier by the Wheel Deflector which helps with movement around tight corners. Equipped with scuff-resistant Long-Life Hoses, the G3 is a rugged pool cleaner that is eliminates scuffs on all pool surfaces. The 36-Fin Disc is cleverly designed to increase adhesion to the pool surface and avoid getting hung-up on lights, drains covers, fittings and other pool features.
The G3 has a durable Long-Life Diaphragm with reliable, one-moving-part-technology that eliminates the need for wheels, flappers or gears to provide silent operation and low-cost maintenance. The patented Quick-Release Cassette provides easy access to the diaphragm for simplified routine maintenance.
The G3 suction cleaner works in all in-ground pools and can be installed in two simple steps:
1. Attach the disc, wheel deflector and hose
2. Connect to the skimmer or dedicated suction line
* No tools or special plumbing required *
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KEEP YOUR HOSES STRAIGHT WHILE IN STORAGE!!
As soon as you get those things bent all bets are off.
Bent hoses cause it to loop on itself and only clean a small portion, usually just the deep end.
However, if you buy a hose hanger, like HoseHanger Pro it will straighten back out, or just lay them flat out in the sun.
Even bent hose can be made straight again and when they are the system cleans the deep and the shallow ends and works great!
Easy to use, easy to install, works by itself, does amazing job.
I noticed several reviews of the Baracuda that stated it would run for a while and then stop. I think I've found a solution for this problem....
This was the first cleaning of the year with this cleaner. As expected, evil things lurked below the murky waters this spring. The Baracuda sucked up a piece of roofing shingle which had fallen into the pool during some remodeling this winter. The debris managed to wedge itself in the Baracuda's diaphragm. So, it was already time to tear down the cleaner and discover how this thing worked.
After removing the debris, I put everything back together and hooked it back up. It ran ok for a while then stopped. I did the usual checking of hoses, suction, weight adjustment and looking for other issues. After a while, I started thinking about how this cleaner propels itself. It seemed that if I loosened the inner sleeve which holds the diaphragm, it would allow the cleaner to wobble and propel itself around the pool again.
Well, that did the trick..... Upon re-assembling the Baracuda, don't tighten down the inner sleeve, which holds the diaphragm, too tight. I found that the best method is to turn it until it stops, then back off about a quarter of a turn. This allows the diaphragm to wobble and move the cleaner. The outer-most sleeve should be tightened down enough for the rubber gasket to make a seal.
I'm not sure if the instructions mention this....... I never read them...... :-)
Pros vs Cons.
Pros – It works very well. The quality is also great. It is also entirely user serviceable. You can replace the parts – no pool store or service guy required.
Cons – From what I gather, some of the other cleaners have less “wear items” so theoretically less part replacement should be required over the lifetime of the cleaner. The Barracuda does have some parts that wear out with time and use. These include the bladder which inevitably gets a tear, the foot which eventually wears down, and the skirt which in time can also wear down. None of these parts are difficult to replace. They take probably 10 to 15 minutes at most for someone with a basic ability to “figure things out”. Also a word of advice, buy your replacement parts on Amazon and not the local pool store. They are much less expensive. True they are not OEM Barracuda brand, but the variety of knock off parts I’ve bought have worked 100%. All I can say is, this thing works better than the others I’ve tried and I don’t mind having a few replacement parts on hand.
In summary, this thing is a good buy. It’s also sold for much more money in most of the pool stores. Can’t beat it!