Michael on Amazon
9 years ago
07/13/2014, 05:22 AM
The cyclonic action works great and lets the vacuum do its job more consistently!
I purchased this from an overseas retailer in 2013 before it was available here in the USA and on Amazon.
I was previously troubled with leaves and debris clogging the pump strainer on a weekly basis. The trees and garden around my pool made pool vacuum and pump cleaning one of the most hated chores for my kids since it also involved cleaning the ever clogging (H*yw*rd) leaf catcher and water pump strainer then priming the water lines (a 20 minute task) before turning the pool pump back on. This unit turned this weekly chore into a 30 second task that only involves pulling the hose to the edge and emptying this catcher.
I installed this unit after the first two sections of hose from the pump inlet. When installing, be careful of any twists in the hose lines to keep this unit upright (blue lid pointed upwards and clear catcher pointed at bottom of pool). On occasion, we like to switch the hose section this is connected to so that it changes the path of our Baracuda vacuum. The units blue lid just barely floats out of the water and does not sink.
Water enters the catcher from your vacuum and spins leaves and debris in the catcher to prevent or reduce the likelihood of leaves clogging your hoses and filtration system. This allows the water to flow more consistently through the filter system and it also allows the vacuum to do its job like it was intended to.
To empty the unit of leaves and debris, remove the unit from the water, turn the clear catcher to disengage the upper portion, allow the water to drain from the bottom of the catcher, remove the strainer and clean out the leaves and debris - its that easy. Installation is the reversal of removal.
Since I have had this installed for a year now, I am impressed with how well the diaphragm at the bottom of the strainer and o-rings have held up - no air leaks in the system. The clear case has not yellowed and the materials have help up really well to the chlorine, sun exposure, and wide swing of weather temperatures (freezing to 110+) in the Sacramento Valley.