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Pony mounting advice

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by gwitek, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. gwitek

    gwitek Angel Fish

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    A couple of years ago we (small rural fire district) bought 6 sets of new gear including 30 ft3 pony bottles which came with "mounts". I use the term loosely because they're crap - velcro straps around a double 'v' shaped bracket - the things have never tightened properly. But budgets being what they were, and the fact we trusted the sales guy, we were stuck. I rigged up several with long screw-type hose clamps - nice and tight - no wobbling - but bottle changing is a hassle.

    Anyway, it seems we've freed up some cash and we're looking for new mounts. I could use come help.

    We run alum 80's with the 30's on the side. The 30's have their own Sherwood ice regs which we bungie to the sides in easy reach of a lower right hand. it is the mount between the tanks I am looking for.

    Thanks in advance!

    Greg.
     
  2. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I used an aqua explorer pony mount. It has a much wider base than most cam band secured mounts and was secure even with a 30 cu ft pony.

    A stainless scubapro type buckle also helps as they tighten the cam strap a bit more than standard cam buckles. They also make mounting the dismounting the pony easier as the band separates and does not need to be threaded over the 80.

    Another option would be to sling it like a deco bottle, but despite what slung pony fans like to claim, it is a bit more in the way in soem situations and creates a bit more obstruction in front.
     
  3. deadend

    deadend Nassau Grouper

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    Get Zeagle pony mounts and be done with it.
     
  4. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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  5. eponym

    eponym Master Instructor

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    I use a 30 pony on an Al 80, too, mounted valve-down with the X-bracket, reeved onto my tank band. Very solid, very simple. Second-stage and mini-gauge are bungeed to the tank, just as you describe.
    I'm guessing Reef Scuba ought be to willing to talk serious discount for your quantity.
     
  6. ZenDiver

    ZenDiver Dive Charter

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    Dive Rite makes a quick pony mount that attaches to the cam strap of the BC and then to the pony. It slides in and locks and slides out when you are done. I have used several different types and this is the best I have used, even in a rocking boat, in 6-8ft swells its easy to switch over. Average switch time adds about 20-30 seconds to over all switch over. Locks in and stays tight.

    Brian
     
  7. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

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    Tiger gear makes the best PSD pony mount on the market but its not cheap. I've looked at quite a few and this is the most solid, detachable (necessary for PSD) pony mount I've found. The X brackets etc don't work because you can't readily detach the pony underwater quickly (ie 2-3 secs; 20 secs too long). No webbing that will loosen or spot welds holding the thing together. It was made by a PSD for PSD's.
    We went with these and are pretty happy with them

    http://www.tigergear.com/
     
  8. RICHinNC

    RICHinNC Solo Diver

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