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Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner (E1090)
Price Range:$399.00 to $409.92
<ul><li>A uto expandable throat for vacuuming larger debris</li>< li>Longer wearing components (wings, flaps and... Read More
<ul><li>Auto expandable throat for vacuuming larger debris</li><li>Longer wearing components (wings, flaps and shoes) for additional product longevity</li><li>Patented SmartDrive programmed steering pattern ensures the entire bottom of the pool is cleaned quickly and completely</li></ul> Minimize
38 Reviews from Epinions.com
Aug 27, 2004
A Good Product, But Shop Around For Best Price
Pros: Easy instructions and set up. Does a very good job and does the sides well.
Cons: Too much time nosed up against the steps. Can't do steps. Can get clogged.
The Bottom Line:
I recommend the Navigator, but shop around on price. Once it is set up, it is very easy to use and will do the job.
When I decided to stop spending money on a pool man, I looked around for a cleaner at a reasonable price. The Navigator and others were going for $400 plus at the pool store (ouch!). I got mine on the Internet for $250 with a $50 rebate and free shipping. Much better.
Set up was quick and easy as it comes with a video which shows how to adjust the vacuum pressure. There was a fire in the area that literally covered the pool bottom with black ash. The Navigator had it completely clean in about 2 hours. I have been using it for over 6 months and am very satisfied.
The vacuum drives an impeller which drives a gear train which twists the hose and causes it to turn. The gear train also drives a cam which directs the water flow first in one direction, then the other in an asymmetric manner to give it a pseudo random path. Very clever. I know this because I had to take it apart once to free up the gear train when something got caught in it. So when putting it in the pool, give the hose connection a couple of twists to make sure the gears are not stuck. This only happened once.
Now if they could just figure out a way to detect when forward motion has stopped and immediately turn. It would also be nice if it could do steps, but I don't know of any that can.
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