Polaris Vac-Sweep 280

Our most popular automatic pool cleaner

The dependable Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 easily connects to a dedicated pressure line.

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Our most popular automatic pool cleaner

The Polaris Vac-Sweep 280 pressure-side pool cleaner works in all in-ground pools and requires a booster pump. It is powered by double jets, providing greater vacuum power and faster cleaning (3 hours or less). The Polaris 280 easily connects to a dedicated pressure line and sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums all surfaces of the pool. The pressure cleaner is equipped with a single chamber filter bag where it captures large debris such as leaves, acorns, pebbles, and other small to large debris. Its unique filter bag removes debris before it reaches your pump basket or filter, prolonging the life of your filtration system.

Features

  • Powered by double jets, cleans a pool faster (3 hours or less)
  • Works in all in-ground pools of any size and shape
  • Sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums the bottom and walls of your pool
  • Runs off a separate booster pump
  • Includes 31-feet of feed hose, and equipped with single chamber filter bag for capturing larger debris
  • Available in a Black Max Model to complement dark-bottom pools

Specifications

Venturi Jets 2 Jets
Vacuum Inlet 2 ¼"
Drive Mechanism Shaft Drive
Tires Classic
Requires Booster Pump Yes
Auto Backup Yes
Debris Bag Single Chamber
Pool Type / Surface Inground / All
TailSweep PRO® Compatibility Yes

Models

Model Description
F5 Polaris Vac-Sweep 280
F5B Polaris Vac-Sweep 280, Black Max
F5T Polaris Vac-Sweep 280, TankTrax

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Polaris 280 Parts List

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Parts List

Model Description  
K13 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Zippered Closure (White)
K14 Sand/Silt Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure K14
K16 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure
K17 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure, Black K17
G52 Back-Up Valve
9-100-9001 Connects cleaner's feed hose to pressure line.
C10 All-purpose tire that provides maximum traction without damage to pool finishes
C60 Ball Bearing for Wheel
C6 Large Wheel (No Bearing Included)
B5 Includes sweep hose, tail scrubber and hose clamp
G5 Feed Hose - Includes Universal Wall Fitting
D20 Hose Swivel - For reduced hose tangling
C86
A49 Polaris Vac-Sweep 180 Factory Tune-Up Kit Polaris : 280

Accessories

Model Description  
K16 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure
K13 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Zippered Closure (White)
K17 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure, Black K17
K23 Polaris Zippered All-Purpose Bag, Black, 280 K16
K14 Sand/Silt Debris Bag With Hook and Loop Closure K14
K18 Polaris Sand/Silt Bag, Black 280 K18
K12 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag (3) with Collar (280)
K32 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag Without Collar, 280 , 3/PK
K42 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag (6) with Collar (280)
K22 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag (3) with Collar, Black (280)
K24 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag Without Collar, Back, 280 , 3/PK
K15 Polaris Leaf Bag , 280 K15
C10 All-purpose tire that provides maximum traction without damage to pool finishes
C11 Polaris Tire, MaxTrax, Black, 380/360/280/TR35P C11
C18 Polaris Tire, TankTrax, 180/280 48-037

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cleaner does not climb/goes in circles.

Verify that the wheel RPM's are in the correct range and adjust the thrust jet. If the cleaner isn't climbing well then ensure the thrust jet is in the 11 o'clock position. If it is going in circles then angle the thrust jet so it is pointing opposite of the way the cleaner is turning. For example, if the cleaner is turning right then point the thrust jet to the left.

Cleaner seems to slide over the tiles.

1. Turn the appliance over and check the suction by making sure that all the jets located in the central pipework are working correctly. If they aren’t, make sure they are not blocked.
2. Fit the special tires for smooth tiled surfaces (Ref. C-13).

Hangs up on steps or other obstacles longer than 3 minutes.

1. Check the wheel RPM.

2. Verify the back-up valve is cycling.

3. Adjust the thrust jet.

4. Remove unnecessary pool hardware or install a Ladder Guard Kit (order part #G21 from a Polaris dealer).

Hose(s) becomes tangled or coiled.

Check swivels and make sure they are spinning freely. Lay the hose out in the sun for 24 hours to eliminate any potential hose memory.

Watch video tutorial here.

Cleaner doesn't back up.

Hold the back up valve out of the water and verify that it cycles on and off. A complete cycle takes about three minutes. If it stays on all the time or doesn't come on at all then replace the back up valve.

Polaris flies around the pool and/or does not make contact with the bottom.

1. Check the wheel RPM. If more than 32 RPM, unscrew the pressure relief valve to decrease water flow to cleaner.

2. Confirm that the blue restrictor disc is installed in the UWF to decrease water flow. Or, install the red restrictor disc to decrease water flow even more.

3. Verify the back-up valve is cycling. Hold the valve out of the water and watch the jet. It should come on and go off.

Polaris is sluggish, running with less power than normal.

1. Check the filter screen in the Quick Disconnect and clean, if necessary.

2. Clean the skimmer basket, pump basket, and pool filter.

3. Check all of the hoses, connections, and swivels for leaks that cause loss of water pressure.

4. Check the wheel RPM.

Polaris only turns in one direction.

1. Adjust the thrust jet.

2. Make sure feed hose is floating.

Sweep hose is sucked into the vacuum tube.

1. Make sure the opening at the end of the sweep hose is not blocked by the sweep hose scrubber.

2. Adjust the sweep hose to a gentle sweeping motion.

Sweep hose sprays too much water out of the pool.

1. Adjust the speed of the sweep hose by tightening the adjustment screw.

2. Replace the sweep hose scrubber if it is worn or missing.

3. Add a sweep hose weight (Part No. B2) to keep the sweep hose from spraying.

The Cleaner does not clean the entire pool.

1. Verify that feed hose reaches within 6" of the farthest point of the pool. If not, order a new hose section from your Polaris dealer.

2. Check the thrust jet for straight back position that optimizes random turning.

3. While the cleaner is operating, hold it upside down and look into the vacuum tube. There should be two distinct, even jets of water. If there are not, contact Customer Service or a Polaris authorized Service Center for assistance.

The cleaner is running in circles on its side.

1. Check the filter bag, if full it can weigh the cleaner down on one side.

2. Remove the head float and shake it. If there is water in the float, order a new one.

3. Check the hose floats to make sure they are spaced evenly.

The wheels rotate less than 28 times a minute.

1. Use the Polaris pressure tester to check the booster pump pressure.
2. Check that the metal pre-filter is present and not clogged.
3. Make sure that the hose weight adjustment nut is screwed down correctly.
4. Make sure the hoses have been cut as indicated in the instructions.
5. Make sure that the blue reducing disk has not been installed in the quick disconnect.
6. Check that the booster pump is working normally.
7. Clean the skimmer baskets, sand filter, and pump basket.

The wheels rotate less than 34 times a minute.

1. Unscrew the hose-weight adjustment nut until the desired setting is obtained.
2. Fit the flow limiter (red or blue) into the quick disconnect.

Cleaner does not move but there is pressure going to the unit.

Verify the wheel RPM's are in range. If they are low or the wheels are not spinning then check the in-line filter for debris. If clear and the wheels still aren't spinning then check the water management system for clogs. If the RPM's are slightly below the prescribed range then remove the restrictor disc from the wall connector. If the wheels are moving too quickly then install the red restrictor disc.

The cleaner is tipping over/floating.

Verify the wheel RPM's are in range. Ensure that the head float is not filled with water. Try running the cleaner without the bag and if it fixes the issue then clean the bag with soap and warm water. This will remove any biofilm/oils that may have accumulated in the bag.

Watch video tutorial here.

Resources

Polaris Hose Connector Replacement Instructions

Item #: TL-1013
File Size: 489971
Language: EN

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Polaris Inground Cleaner Family Brochure

Item #: SL825
File Size: 1489794
Language: EN

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Polaris 280 I/O Manual

Item #: TL-200
File Size: 505550
Language: EN

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Polaris 280 Data Sheet

Item #: SL200
File Size: 514809
Language: EN

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Polaris 280 Factory Rebuild Kit

Item #: TL-205
File Size: 139302
Language: EN

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Polaris 280 TankTrax Conversion Kit Installation

Item #: TL-206
File Size: 669934
Language: EN

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Polaris 280 Quick Start Guide

Item #: H0409800
File Size: 1141033
Language: EN

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