Alpine Pond Vacuum 250 Watts (Mfg# VAC1500)
I was a little skeptical about it, but wanted something I would not have to wait on fill and drain cycles. First time using it I added more hose to it so the muck would go out to the garden. It vacuumed up everything, muck, algae, small debris! I love it! Took about 15 minutes to do a 10x15 pond and I once I saw how fast it worked, I put the well water hose in the pond so my level would not get too low. Worked great in the small pool also! Read the directions before starting and you will love this!
July 23, 2014
Alpine Pond Vacuum is well built and works as advertised.
The Alpine 250 watt pond vacuum is sturdily built, well designed and works as advertised. It handles solids like clumps and leaves with ease. It even picked up and removed a small stone. To those who complain that it is heavy and awkward I would say that you can't put a substantial submersible 1/3 HP pump on the end of a big stick along with a 1-1/2 inch hose full of water and expect anything else. They didn't skimp on power and suction; it really vacuums well. The on/off switch mounted at the top of the telescoping handle communicates with an in-line receiver near the plug thereby providing complete electrical isolation between the motor, its cord and the user.
June 5, 2015
Cannot Recommend this Pond Vacuum
The Alpine Pond Vacuum has plenty of power to pump out muck and even small rocks, but it is very difficult to work with in a real pond. The attachments will not get between the larger rocks and the device gets very heavy and hard to control, especially when the exhaust hose is full of water. I have the smaller intake attachment and attached my own shop vac hose to the intake in order to get between big rocks, but it is hard to keep air from getting into the system, and once air gets in, the vacuum stops working and you have to stop, make sure the air is cleared and start again. The working end must stay submerged, or it won't work, so without some kind of hose intake, it cannot be used in the shallow parts of the pond. If a small rock gets sucked in, it can break the fins of the plastic pump impeller, and if the outlet hose gets plugged, it stops working. It is too bad, because the unit has plenty of power, but it is not really workable unless the pond is more like a swimming pool with no rocks and smooth sides and bottom.
April 1, 2014
This product does not work with leaves
I have two small ponts, total about 1300 gallons and I thied to use the alpine Vac to remove leaves and it just does not work. The inlet to the pump plugs and you spend all your time cleaning it out.
May 21, 2015