Emails Clarifying My Pool Cleaner Review

by Curt
(USA)

ORIGINAL EMAIL:

Hi. Can you please clarify. Is the Turbo/Tempo/Model G one model or three different models? Is your current recommendation still to stay away form the T2? I have a 20 x 40 gunite pool, max depth is 5.5 feet. Thank you, David

-----Original Message----- From: apple@i-love-my-aquabot-automatic-pool-cleaner.com ] Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 2:57 PM

Hi David, the Turbo/Tempo/Model G are all basically the same machine with minor cosmetic differences. These machines are simple design with good speed and water volume for hundreds of dollars less than the more complicated T2 and Turbo T.

The repair costs are much lower as well.

For Gunite, avoid the PVA brushes, in fact, if climbing the wall is not important the Aquabot Turbo T-Jet is perfect for Gunite and has a very efficient one motor design. It is quite fast too.

I don't recommend you stay away from the T2, I think better overall value is found in the Turbo/Tempo/Model G. I think T2 is a great robot...until it breaks down and they ALL break down eventually.

Spend less on the robot and use the savings to buy disposable bags. FIRST, clean your filter bag by hand THEN try the disposables. Regards, Curt


David writes:
Curt, Thank you for the quick response. Can you explain, why a robot that climbs the wall is important. Is it to clean the walls, clean the tiles, remove algae? Thank you, David

----- Original Message ----- From: apple@i-love-my-aquabot-automatic-pool-cleaner.com Sent: Friday, July 3, 2009 4:19:54 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern Subject: Re: Aquabot review

For many robots climbing is how a cleaning pattern is achieved. When the robot reaches the water line, the handle floats horizontally in the water causing the robot to tilt and creep sideways so it reverses down a new track. MANY people complain that robots spend too much time on the wall instead of the bottom where the debris is.

A climbing robot is needed in pools that have graded deep ends as these areas will collect debris. Some people feel the need for a robot that will climb steps. My robot climbs steps but I ALWAYS brush the steps when I throw the robot into the pool. I hope this answers your question, Happy 4th! Regards, Curt


David writes:
Curt, Don't mean to make you crazy, but will the Aquabot Turbo T-Jet climb walls and steps at all to clean the algae or just pick up debris from the bottom? Also, which unit do you use? Thanks again, David,


My Reply:
Hi David, The Turbo T-jet will climb IF the corners are at least a 4 inch radius curve (a dinner plate). It has wheels. It is for in-ground pools. People expect it to climb and are disappointed when it doesn't because they have right-angle corners.

A friend of mine is using mine and likes it so much he is buying it from me.

I have many cleaners. Right now at this very moment I have an Aquabot Bravo working in my pool. I am preparing to sell it. The past week I have been using an Aquabot Turbo, preparing to sell it. I used to have 2 Turbos but I sold one to a co-worker last week.

I have an Aquabot Plus with remote control that I use the rest of the time. I bought it broken and repaired it. I really like this cleaner, however it is heavy with a very long cable and replacement motors are very expensive. If it had better than a 1 year warranty I would recommend it.

I also have 2 non-working Dolphins that will remain that way due to lack of parts from the manufacturer.

I love the Turbo. It is a workhorse. The only thing lacking is smart technology to make the cleaning pattern more efficient.

BTW, if money is no object, the Aquabot Bravo is a great machine too.
Regards,
Curt

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Jul 29, 2015
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reliability
by: ADMIN

No one source that I know of. I can somewhat gauge reliability from the comments and complaints on this site. Unhappy owners are much more likely to comment than happy ones. The complaints I get run 2 Maytronics for every 1 Aqua Products.
I also notice that many complaints involve abuse of the robots, ie; heaping the cable instead of recoiling so it won't lay flat leading to broken wires or robot consumption, dropping, removing from the water with the cable, leaving the robot in the water, super shocking or adding salt while the machine is working, using the robot in heavy muck and not cleaning the bag often enough so the motors overheat from lack of water flow and fail and last, storing with chlorine.

Jul 29, 2015
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reliability
by: Jim H

Is there any source of compairing the reliability of the various robots. I have had both auqabot and dolphin robots and both types fail after a couple of years. At the cost of the robots they should last longer.

Dec 01, 2011
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Climbing walls question
by: Steve

I have borrowed the Aquabot T and the T2 from friends. I have 90 degree walls and it often does not seem to climb to the top. Is there an adjustment or a better unit I should look at.

Thanks

Nov 29, 2011
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Other brands that have come out.
by: Anonymous

Can you please give your thoughts and comment on the Eco-Jet Plus? it looks like a modified aquabot T-jet. or the Nitro wall scrubber? it seems very inexpensive compared to the rest.
Thanks
William

Jul 28, 2011
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AB transformer
by: Joseph

I would like to bypass the timer on my aquabot transformer. Any recommendations on how to perform this?

Thanks!

Jun 26, 2011
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Troubleshoot.
by: Anonymous

Hi, try the troubleshooting steps on the website.
If this does not work I know Aqua Quality Pools and Spas Inc. will accept mail-in repairs.


Jun 25, 2011
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Discrepancies with review
by: Anonymous

I'm on my 2nd aquabot. The first lasted about 7 years. The 2nd is on its 3rd year and its 2nd failure. My experience is that nobody services them locally. (I live in a medium size city). I take them to a pool store and they send them back to the factory and 2 or 3 weeks later, I get an estimate. Last fall I sent it in because the motor was still running but the bot wasn't moving. I took it out of the box this spring and it worked fine, but now I'm having the exact same problem again. (The rollers move, but the motor won't move them.) We've got pretty constant thunderstorms dumping dirt and debris in the pool, and I don't want to clean it by hand for 4 or 5 weeks while I'm waiting on service. Does anyone have any advice?

Apr 22, 2011
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PVA Install
by: Anonymous

Soak the brush in water to make it pliable.

Apr 22, 2011
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PVA Brushes
by: Anonymous

I ordered replacement brushes for my Aquabot T2. I didn't realize what PVA brushes were on Aquaquality's website as they didn't have a picture of the replacement brushes beside the part number. How do I get the PVA brushes on the wheel tube assembly? The wheel tube assembly's diameter seems too wide for the opening of the PVA brushes??? Help!

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