OASE 032232 Pondovac 4 Pond Vacuum Cleaner
|Model Name||Oase Pondovac 4 Pond Vacuum Cleaner|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||16.34 x 16.14 x 30.12 inches|
|Item Weight||30 Pounds|
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- Max; Suction Depth: 7 Ft
- Suction Hose Length: 16 Ft
- Discharge Hose Length: 8 Ft, Max; Flow Rate: 1300 Gph
- Power Consumption: 1800W; Power Requirement: 110-120V/60Hz
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I am looking forward to getting at least 10+ years from the Pondovac 4 Whitmor 6154-111 Mesh Laundry Bag, White Pack of Two
The cleaner has two holding tanks inside. When you start it, what I'll call Holding Tank One is in use. Water and fine debris is lifted from the bottom of the pond into the holding tank, with the vacuum pump drawing air out of the top of the tank in the manner customary with wet/dry vacuums.
When a float switch in the tank reaches a certain level, it triggers an unique sequence: The vacuum action stops dead in its tracks for a few seconds (leading to all the negative reviews). Two valve switches occur. The first one switches the vacuum pump over to Tank Two, currently empty. The second one opens a port allowing the water to flow out of Tank One. The pump goes back into action, now emptying water and debris into Tank Two while Tank One drains out the exhaust hose. When Tank Two is full, the cycle repeats.
Without this cycling, using this device would be like using any wet/dry vacuum: In less than a minute, the tank would be full and it would be time to shut down and manually empty it. The two-tank scheme lets them approach continuous up time without the user having to tip the vacuum over ever to empty it. This would work perfectly if they bothered to tell people what was going on. Instead, people are assuming something is going wrong once a minute or so when the vacuum action seems to stop for several seconds before resuming.
The instructions also talk about the general-purpose head to be attached to the wand. I've used a lot of different kinds of vacuums in my life, but never have I seen a more specialized head on any cleaner. it is not even close to "general purpose," but it is remarkably useful: Attach it so the slot is facing up and push it forward into the goo. The goo mixes with a bit of water, lifts up slightly, and gets drawn right into the vacuum before it can escape and cloud your water.
Know when to quit: It's a pond, not a bathtub. There will be new dust settling into it tomorrow. If you strive for perfection, you'll end up frustrated. You need to draw in all the silt that's almost the same weight as water; that's what stirs up and clouds your pool. The general purpose tool will do that. If there are some heavy particles left behind, leave them for next time.
Finally, as others have pointed out, this is not the right tool for general debris, like entire leaves and twigs. Use a fine-mesh pool net before starting. This vacuum will do a fine job with fine silt, and that's what clouds our ponds.
This is a really good product, but the company needs to get its act together. All they have to do is get one person who has a pond and is of normal intelligence, sit him or her down with an unopened box, and watch him or her crash and burn. You'd think with some of the reviews they've gotten, they'd do something about the product, and maybe they will before they drive themselves out of business.
It was very easy to assemble, the instructions were sparse but really didn't need much more detail. There is one part I am still not sure about, looks like a cap for something. The rest of it want together in about 10 minutes.
I took it out to the pond (about 4000 gallons) and went to work. It uses very little water, I had it dumping junk onto the lawn. It was pulling big chunks of half-dead algae off the bottom without problems. It seems to be what I think of as an 'inhale/exhale' machine. It has two chambers inside, and when the intake chamber gets full it pauses for less than a second and pumps it all into a second chamber where it is then barfed out the exit tube and onto the lawn. The pause might make some people think it is malfunctioning, but reading these comments and the review or two out there clears this up. It works very well.
It doesn't have the suction of a shopvac, but as a result it doesn't take a lot of water out of the pond. After using it for 15 minutes the pond level was down about an inch. The shopvac would have emptied the pond in that amount of time. It did, as a result of the lower 'suck' capability struggle with the occasional maple leaf at the bottom, it wasn't able to pull hard enough to break the leaf and suck it in, but it had no problem with huge chunks of string algae which is more malleable.
After using it for 45 minutes I took the head off to see what kind of mess I had inside to clean up. To my pleasant surprise there was zero that needed to be cleaned. There wasn't anything on the two filters inside protecting the vacuum system, surprising because the pile of crap on the lawn that this thing pulled out of the pond was huge. I suspect it pulled 10 lbs of crud out of the pond, and the inside of the system was a clean as a whistle.
I love this thing. It is going to make maintenance this summer a breeze.
And I managed to NOT suck up any of the Koi in the pond. They were smart enough to stay out of the way.
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Item was delayed, presumably due to Covid-19. Seller responded immediately to “where’s my stuff”.