Showcase a picture-perfect water garden. Compact pond vacuum ideal for "touchups" and routine pond maintenance. Great for preformed ponds. Removes sludge, debris, unsightly algae, and prevents accumulation of waste materials, allowing your filtration system to work more efficiently. Auto fill-and-drain feature senses when vacuum basin is full and automatically shuts off, drains, and turns back on. Unidirectional check valve prevents sludge from returning to pond. Removes particles up to 3/8". 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
Includes: 13 ft intake hose, 76" 4-pc rigid extension (one transparent/clear extension to monitor operation), 6-1/2 ft discharge hose, 13 ft cable, 3 nozzle attachments, filter bag, and discharge net. 7-gallon capacity.
The WaterGarden Outfitters Pond Vacuum XPV (External Pond
Vacuum), as termed in the following text, is a sludge suction unit
for the removal of pond sludge. This unit is intended for use under
proper supervision by qualified persons, as stated in Safety
Information section, below. Never allow the unit to operate unattended.
The unit can also be used as a dry vacuum cleaner.
Note: Personal injuries can result from this unit if it is not used
in accordance with its intended use and in the event of misuse.
Warranty and operating permit will become null and void if used
for purposes other than its stated intended use.
PfG (Pontec manufacturer) has manufactured this unit in accordance
with current state-of-the-art standards and valid safety regulations. However,
despite the above, injuries to persons and assets can result from
this unit if it is used in an improper manner, or not in accordance with its
intended use, or if the safety information is ignored.
- For safety reasons, children
under 16 years of age as well as
persons who cannot recognize
possible danger or who are not
familiar with these operating
instructions are not permitted to
use the unit.
- Please keep these operating instructions
in a safe place. Also,
hand over the operating instructions
when passing the unit onto
a new owner.
- Ensure that maintenance and
cleaning work on this unit is carried
out in strict accordance with
- The combination of water and
electricity can lead to serious
injuries if the unit is incorrectly
connected or misused. Operate
the unit only if no persons are
in the water. Always disconnect
the power supply to all electrical
equipment used in the water
before reaching into the water.
- Compare the electrical values
of the power supply with those
on the type plate on the packaging
or on the unit itself. Make
sure the unit is fused for a rated
residual current of 30 mA (max.)
via a residual current-operating
system. Only operate the unit
if it is plugged into a properly
- Keep the power plug and all connection
points dry. Do not operate
or leave the unit in the rain.
- To avoid damage, protect the
connection cable when burying.
Only use cables approved for
outdoor use. Do not carry or pull
the unit by the connection cable.
Never operate the unit if the cable
or housing is defective. Electrical
installations at garden ponds must
meet valid national and international
regulations for installers.
- Never open the unit housing or
its attendant components, unless
this is explicitly mentioned in the
operating instructions. Never carry
out technical changes to the unit.
Only use original spare parts and
accessories for the unit. Only allow
authorized customer service
outlets to perform repairs.
- Never use the unit to vacuum
flammable or toxic substances
(e.g., benzene, asbestos, asbestos
dust, toner for copying machines)
or volatile substances, acids, hot
or burning ashes, dust, sand or
similar dirt. Never use the unit in
the vicinity of explosive fluids or
- The unit is not explosion protected.
For your own safety, consult
a qualified electrician when you
have questions or encounter
Place the unit at water level at a minimum distance of 2 m (6.5 ft) from
the pond. Make sure the unit stands safely and is stable.
Step 1 – Unlock the Container
Locking System, remove Motor
Step 2 – Remove all additional
parts from the Collection
Step 3 – Refit and lock
Step 4 – Push the end of the Intake
Hose into the Inlet Opening of the
Collection Container. Attach Extension
Tubes as needed. Fit one of the
supplied Nozzles or set the Adjustable
Bottom Nozzle to the situation your
– Nozzle fully open (10 mm): Pond liner
with no gravel on the bottom and a
thick layer of sludge.
– Nozzle closed (2 mm): Pond liner with
gravel on the bottom and a thick layer
Step 5 – Push the open end of the
Drain Hose into the rear Drain Opening
of the Collection Container. If possible,
lay the Drain Hose flat to allow
gravity to assist draining of the sludge
water during automatic emptying. If
necessary, affix the Sludge Collection
Bag to the end of the Drain Hose.
Use as Sludge Remover
Attention: Never operate the
unit without foam filter.
- Connect the assembled unit to the
power supply and press Switch
to the "ON" position. Place the
Adjustable Bottom Nozzle at the
bottom of the pond.
- Remove sludge by moving the Nozzle
in a slow and uniform fashion.
For optimum sludge removal or to
remove thin layers of sludge, turn
the Adjustable Bottom Nozzle 180°,
so the blue side is facing down.
- An internal Float Switch automatically switches off the suction operation
when the container has reached its maximum filling level. The
Stop Valve at the Drain Opening can now open to drain the sludge
water out of the Collection Container. The suction operation restarts
automatically after 25 seconds.
- Switch the unit off with switch when no longer in use.
Use as a Dry Vacuum Cleaner
Attention: Only use the unit as a dry vacuum cleaner
with the enclosed filter bag.
Make sure the unit stands safely and is stable. Turn the unit off and
remove the cord from the power source.
- Unlock the Container Locking System and remove Motor
- Securely place the enclosed Filter Bag over the Suction Socket inside
the Collection Container.
- Refit and lock Motor Housing.
- Connect the unit to the power supply and turn on with the Switch.
- Select a suitable Nozzle. At end of work, turn unit off using the Switch.
Maintenance and Cleaning
- Turn the unit off and remove the cord from the power source.
- Remove all Hoses and the Motor Housing.
- Thoroughly rinse the Collection Container.
- Remove the Foam Filter and clean it with clear water.
- Check the Foam Filter and, if damaged, replace it with an authentic
PfG foam filter.
- Check Sealing Rings for damage and completeness. If necessary,
change the rubber seal in the Drain Valve. Only use authentic PfG
Empty out the Collection Container and thoroughly clean the unit. Store
in a dry, frost protected room, inaccessible to children.
Dispose of the unit in accordance with the national legal regulations.
|The unit does not perform its
||Drain Hose incorrectly fitted.
||Be sure the unidirectional check
valve is located at the free end of
the Drain Hose.
|Excessive height difference between
water level and unit.
||Place the unit at a height identical to
the water level.
|The unit does not reach its full
||Dirt has accumulated in the foam
filter, in the suction tube, or in the
|Dirt has accumulated in the area
of the unidirectional check valve at
the Drain Hose, preventing it from
|The collection container does not
||The collection container is unable
||Lay the drain hose, making sure
there are no kinks. Provide a slight
incline for the drain hose to allow
gravity to help with drainage.
|Collection container and drain hose
|Low suction capacity.
||Reduced suction due to resistance,
i.e. steep angle of intake tube or too
many extension tubes are used.
||Position the intake tube as flat as
possible or reduce the number of
extensions to improve suction.