Not Happy Jan
We purchased this cleaner in April 2019. In early 2020 we had to replace the treads as they kept coming off and the cleaner would not run. This cost us about $60 as the product was out of warranty already. The problem is still occurring at least once a day and sometimes more than once a day. I have contacted Zodiac so am waiting to hear back from them. Considering the price of this pool cleaner I don't think this issue is acceptable. At this stage I wouldn't recommend this pool cleaner to anyone.
Purchased in April 2019 for A$1,000.00.
Clean Pool when it works properly.
Cleans brilliantly when the rubber tracks stay on. Picks up dirt, leaves and small twigs. If we leave in pool when we use it there are usually no problems encountered. Sent it back under warranty but still was charged about $200 as they would not accept liability. Would not have got it back If I did not pay. Was sent new rubber tracks but problem has returned. Now I need to supervise when it is running.
Purchased at Pool Supermarket.
Adequate but not reliable
Over the more than 2 years I have had brushes wear out, rubber tracks wear out and now one side will not rotate. I assume gears or bearing wear. I cannot find where I can get information on how best to repair without getting into excessive cost.
Pool has never been so clean.
Purchased the Zodiac AX10 about a month ago so early days however I’m wrapt. After pissing around with crappy creepy crawlys from Bunnings that didn’t clean I decided to spend a bit extra on the Zodiac. It picks up leaves etc no problems and scrubs to pool surface walls etc as it goes. Highly recommend.
Purchased in January 2020 for A$700.00.
Started great, now next to no good
Purchased in May 2018 the AX10 was fantastic, best pool cleaner I had purchased. Now I have had to replace the tracks, the unit keeps turning to the left, will not climb the walls and the under body cleaning fins are not the best. I had a few issues attempting to contact supplier, however once contact made, the issues were resolved and the pool is clean again. It is a great pool cleaner.
Purchased in May 2018.
Keep your pool perfect and buy NO chemicals. My Zodiac AX10 is fantastic.
Other than the occasional issue with long palm fronds, my Zodiac AX 10 has performed exceptionally for over two years cleaning the whole pool in a couple of hours each day. It has been permanently in the pool for its entire life and shows minimal surface degradation, no scratches and no powdering of any surface. Recently, it stopped climbing the walls of my vinyl surfaced pool and destroyed several tracks. After taking it apart (easy to do), I found that the bearings in both gearboxes were damaged and, maybe designed like this to protect oth...er components, needed replacement. Unfortunately, the manufacturer/supplier in Australia does not supply the parts, only whole gearbox units, so I had to source them online. I replaced them today and my AX10 is now functioning perfectly --- $25 expenditure and some brain power was all that was needed. In summary, I love my AX10 and along with the fact that I no longer need to ever buy any pool chemicals, it has saved me a fortune in time doing a perfect job everyday. Often people suspect that these reports are not genuine so if you want help with your AX10 (or similar Zodiac model) please email me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org. I am in Perth if you need direct assistance, but I am not a pool specialist, just someone having fun in the pool, fixing things coz you can.
The real deal. Works just as it should.
We have had them all after getting new pool put in a Year ago. We are surrounded by gums and other trees so it’s hard keeping it clean. We tried the creepy crawly and other versions, two different $2000 robots and various other types of cleaners with no success. Don’t get me wrong, no cleaner will pick up mass amounts of leaves, if you have an abundance of leaf matter you really need to use a net and scoop out what you can. But in terms of cleaning, this guy does what it should, it takes slime away keeps the pull pump running at capacity never ...gets air locked, cleans dirt, picks up all leaves, it doesn’t pick up sticks Or stringy leaves (that’s your job) it climbs walls and ledges without any issue, covers our entire pool in about 3-4 hours. We purchased ours from local pool shop for $650. We can’t recommend enough.
Purchased in September 2019 for A$650.00.
After 25 years and half a dozen cleaners, this one is completey useless
Bought this yesterday and have adjusted the speed correctly. Today alone it has stopped 7 times due to average size gum leaves blocking the mechanism. Even when not blocked it runs right over small leaves without sucking them up. It seems like the spinning brushes actually pushed the debris away from the suction hole. With my old Barracuda the skimmer basket would fill up completely about once a day. The AX10 has been running all day (with me clearing the blockages several times) and the skimmer basket in only about a quarter full. It picks up almost nothing. I will call Zodiac tomorrow and demand a full refund
Terrible for long leaves
Jams up four to five times a week this cleaner won't work with long leaves as they jam the internal roater it works great on gum leaves small debris. This is a major flaw and I dont think Zodiac tested with all debris types so save your money and buy a cheaper suction unit. Make sure you tell the sales people what type of leaves are in your pool this will make or break the unit.
Purchased in April 2019 for A$800.00.
Much better than all previous cleaners
Having used more than 5 different pool cleaners over the past 10 years I am blown away at how much better this unit performs. I have had this unit for 2 years and it has not skipped a beat.
This doesn't clean 100% of the pool but covers far more than my previous T5 and Kreepy Krauly.
Purchased in October 2017 for A$750.00.
Starts off good then turns to crap
Rubber tracks come off all the time, now doesn't climb walls. Avoid...still working through warranty claim. Overall a risky proposition. Body also is scratched up loads in a short period. Doubt it will last 5 years
Purchased in November 2018.
Boutht a AX10 for about only 7 month, Normall use twice a week. The tracks started to Mis-located 3 weeks ago, both tracks came out of wheels when it started working, then the cleaner would spinning around in the pool.
Then after 2 weeks waiting, got a replacement track from retailer.
Purchased in October 2018.
Good cleaner, not so good warrant claim
Pool cleaner worked great for about 18 months before it had issues with climbing the walls. Eventually it couldn't climb the walls at all. I returned it to place of purchase, which had zodiac service the cleaner and return it to me. It still wouldn't climb the pool walls. Zodiac service guy came to my house where he backwashed the filter, tested the pool water chemistry, adjusted flow rates, all of which did not improve the cleaners performance. It was obvious that the cleaner was moving about the pool like it should, it just couldn't get ...traction to climb the walls. I was told that the cleaner was working fine and there was something wrong with the pool. I was told everything from there being a problem with the fibreglass gel coating, or there was a film of microbial growth on the walls causing the tracks to slip, and finally that the bottom corners of the pool may have buckled which was stopping the cleaner from being able to go up the walls. Of course this was all nonsense, but according to the service guy there was nothing he could do. Eventually I thought that maybe the rubber tracks were the problem so I gave them a little rub with some sand paper to give them some more grip and the cleaner started working better than ever. With the way this issue was handled I have very little confidence with zodiac warranty claims, and I would be very nervous with their service guys touching any other zodiac equipment of mine.
Purchased in October 2017 for A$650.00.
Finally - A Cleaner That Works
I held off buying a pool cleaner because none of them received great reviews. I researched and hesitated, researched and hesitated - maybe like you’re doing now :) After speaking with my local pool shop guy I decided to go for the Zodiac AX10 - there’s something in me that prefers this ‘mechanical’ option rather than going down the electronic (more expensive) pathway and wow, I was instantly impressed. Literally I unboxed it, connected the hoses (which are great), threw it into the pool, attached it to the filter box and boom, away it went firs...t go, as you’d expect and it’s been GREAT since. I use my ‘Dragonfly’ surface cleaner for about two weeks, then when the bottom collects enough debris, I put the Zodiac in for 2 or 3 days, then repeat the process. It’s a huge time saver for me. This cleaner does the entire bottom of the pool, climbs edges (I have a lined pool) and does a fantastic job. Typically my pool receives lots of tiny native Australian tree leaves, and a few larger ones. The strength of this cleaner for me though is not merely sucking up the leaves, but vacuuming all the settled dust. It has a robust construction and is quite heavy - not heavy in the sense you can’t lift it, but heavy in the sense that it sinks straight to the bottom and starts cleaning. It’s quite remarkable how it does a straight line for a while, stops, spins, then heads in another direction - over and over and over. The main reason I purchased this particular model was because there’s nothing on it that would be expensive to repair or replace. It’s kind of like a fancy 4WD kreepykrawly - boasting the functionality and longevity, without the noise. I am really happy with this purchase and give it a resounding 5 stars.
Purchased in February 2019.
The best pool cleaner I have used. Early days, couldn’t be happier, great unit.
Picks up everything that it should, small tree twigs, leaves and debris. Small palm font bits as well. The pool is 100% clean in a couple of hours. Nothing has got stuck inside the brush gear and mechanism
Purchased in April 2019 for A$700.00.
Positive Warranty Request
Requested replacement tracks under warranty via. email. After providing the receipt and other details I was contacted by the staff the next day to clarify some details and my address. The parts arrived the next day via courier. Couldn't have been. easier. Thank you zodiac. Fabulous cleaner that keeps a pool surrounded by trees exceptionally clean.
Purchased in September 2017.
Brilliant! replaced my expensive polaris with this
After 4 years of total frustration with a polaris 280 pressure cleaner, I purchased one of these a few months ago. Super impressed so far, completely cleans the entire pool, including all silt and sediment from the bottom. Would highly recommend, especially for the price
Purchased in February 2019 for A$620.00.
Never again, even if they paid me
Had bought the unit for my pool, it started having issues after 10 months, returned for repair three times, same issue, drive gear failure. Zodiac then looked at it and said that it had been exposed to chlorine so the warranty claim is invalid. It’s in a swimming pool, of course it’s going to be exposed to chlorine. Even though I had followed the maintenance instructions to the letter, they told me too bad. I am going back to the cheaper pool cleaner from Bunnings as the last one from there lasted four years with no issues. Save your money, do not buy this machine.
Purchased in October 2017 at pool mart for A$800.00.
Better than most
Pretty good design and it works better than several other cleaners we have tried. I like the scrubbing action of the underside sweepers. This has helped keep our pebblecrete pool surface free of dirt and algae. Our pool catches a lot of eucalyptus leaves and some twigs, which unfortunately often choke it. On the plus side, it is easy to open and clear when this happens and to be fair, very few cleaners cope better anyway. It effortlessly climbs walls and rarely gets stuck, if it hasn't actually jammed. We've had this for about a year and haven't had to replace any parts yet, so pretty happy overall.
Very bad experience I don’t recommended any one to buy this product.
Stop working all the time and staying at the bottom with out any movement
Bought from local pool shop
So be careful buying this product
Very bad very bad very bad very bad......
Very bad very bad experiences ver y bad
Questions & Answers
I have an Ax10 which is about 3 months off it’s warranty period of 2 years. It has been fully rebuilt in Jan this year. Now it is moving very very slowly, gets stuck constantly on steps, won’t climb walls. I have a variable speed pump that starts up at 2850rpm then will slow down to clean mode which runs at 1850rpm.
When I put the pump in boost the cleaner works fine, however when Pump in clean mode it hardly moves. It used to work but now wont. Any ideas?
Hi Lucy, the tracks were pretty much brand new, I have found the answer though. There is a yellow throat adapter under the cleaner that can be removed to allow more water through, I removed that and it made a little bit of difference to the speed, but my main problem was the variable speed pump rpm was too low when it was in normal run mode. The increased the speed to the manufacturer settings of 2150rpm and now its way better. The timing of the tracks is about 28 seconds, which is a bit slow, but I don’t want to speed the pump up anymore, kind of defeats having a variable speed pump.
I have an MX8, it stopped moving. I have checked for blokages, and also suction pressure. Decided it may need a service kit as one of the gears was loose and moving side to side. I open the service kit and noticed that one of the new gears also had movement so assumed that that how it was meant to be. I replaced all
Parts, motor , gears and treads . Still not moving. Can you help
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