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The Pondovac Start is manufactered by Oase (pronounced Oh-ahhs-a) a top retailer in the aquatic sector with a reputation for high quality products with correspondingly high prices.
The pondovac start was taken on by Oase a few years back after being marketed by a different manufacturer under a different name. It's an economy style pond vacuum and is available for around £100 alongside Oase's Pondovac 4 which retails at £220 or thereabouts. Quite a marked difference in price - is there a marked difference in quality I hear you ask? The short answer is no!
The idea behind the pondovac is that it's an electronic vacuum cleaner for your pond. It allows you to suck out silt that's accumulated in the bottom of the pond as well as leaves, small stones and any other undesirable objects that may have made their way into the depths. The pondovac start comprises of a main unit that containd the motor and a chamber for collecting the water/silt/leaves etc, a long flexible hose with a solid pipe on the end for the user to hold onto. various different heads for attaching to the solid pipe (depending on what you'd like the pondovac to remove) and a waste pipe. The main unit has an on/off switch covered with rubber to stop the unit becoming damaged if you splash it.
The basic process is as follows - you attach the required head (there's a head for silt removal, one for blanketweed removal, one that's adjustable - you get the picture), run the waste pipe from the unit down to the drain or onto your flower beds, plunge the solid pipe into the pond and switch the unit on. With quite a lot of typical vacuum cleaner style noise water and silt etc are sucked out of the pond into the main chamber. Once the chamber is full the unit will automatically turn itself off (the noise stops) and empties itself via the waste pipe. It then turns itself backl on again and suction continues. This process continues until you yourself turn the unit off via the switch on the top.
The suction from the vac is good and it certainly does a good job of removing silt. The blanketweed head doesn't work as well as you hope it will however and this certainly isn't something you should buy if blanketweed removal is your main aim. The switching on and off while it empties itself is annoying, there's no nice way to put it! I just want to vac the pond once I've persuaded myself it HAS to be done, I don't want to stand around for 40% of the time waiting for the vac to empty itself. The other alternative is the Pondovac 4 though.
The Pondovac 4 is essentially the same unit but with two chambers so it fills and empties simultaneously. Is this lack of waiting worth 120 extra pounds though? I think not - so waiting around for 40% of the time it is! It's not that bad if I'm honest but it is annoying.
Compared to the manual, pump-style vacs you might have seen/owned or the Hagen jobs that attach to your hose pipe, the Pondovac Start is in a league of it's own and does a 200% better job at the very least. Well worth £100, especially if you do like I did and buy it with a few other pond owners. As you only need to vac out the pond once or twice a year sharing works well. With a 2 year warranty you really can't go too wrong!
The Oase Pondovac Start is a fantastic entry level pond vacuum. The vacuum itself is very simple to use, as it effectively works just like a normal indoor hoover. You simply switch on the hoover, and start sucking up the silt, leaves, stones etc from the bottom of the pond. This waste and some water gets sucked into the hoover body. When the hoover is full, it switches itself off, and purges the water through the waste pipe, that is fitted to the back of the vac. The waste pipe can either go to the drain, or can be put through a mesh bag, and returned to the pond. I would suggest getting rid of the water, as the fine silt, will just go back in the pond. When the vac is empty, it turns itself back on, and you just repeat the process. The beauty of pond vacuums, is that as you don't need to use them permanently, you can buy them with friends or family and spread the cost.
Effective pond vacuum with 1400 Watt high-performance motor. This automatically changes from suction to discharge. Compact construction with 27 litre tank. The vacuum includes 4 metres of suction hose and 2 metres of discharge hose. Comes with 4 Different suction nozzles.