Scott Aerator Amherst Fountain
- Quick Facts
- Buying Guide
|Horsepower||Display Size||Flow Rate|
|1 HP||30' High x 35' Diameter||75 gpm|
|1.5 HP||35' High x 40' Diameter||115 gpm|
|3 HP||30' High x 35' Diameter||170 gpm|
- Floating pond & lake fountain.
- Comes with fountain pump, Amherst nozzle, float, bottom screen and power cord.
- Optional lights, additional nozzles & timers available.
- Designed for 24-hour, 4-season operation.
- Easy installation, requires no maintenance.
- Available in 1 HP, 1.5 HP and 3 HP.
- Approved for use in salt water.
- 5-year motor warranty.
- ARL tested and approved to be in compliance with the applicable requirements of UL and the National Electric Code as complete packages.
- GFCI required. Please disconnect power source when swimmers are present.
- Common Applications include HOA’s, Golf Courses, Recreational Ponds & Lakes, Commercial Properties, Country Clubs, Retention Ponds, Farm Ponds and Business Parks.
- Can be purchased now or added later. Light sets simply screw on to float.
- Lights run on 110V.
- Option of single-color warm white LED lights or color-changing LED lights.
- Both options come with a programmable timer, and the color-changing lights come with a remote control that works up to 1,000 feet away.
- 2-light sets recommended for 1 HP and below.
- 3-light sets recommended for 1.5 HP and 2 HP.
- 4-light sets recommended for 3 HP.
- Can be purchased now or added later.
- Timers are only made to control fountains, not lights.
- Answer to FAQ: The difference between the residential and commercial 230V timer is the residential box is plastic and the commercial box is metal. Both perform the same function.
Our most popular fountain in the Scott Aerator line is The Amherst Fountain. The Amherst Fountain adds beauty to your water feature while contributing to a healthy aquatic environment through oxygen transfer and water circulation. The classic, stately pattern of The Amherst Fountain provides a very distinct separation of all three tiers, capped by an impressive column. The flow rate creates a pleasing ripple effect across the water’s surface.
Like all of the products Scott Aerator manufactures, The Amherst Fountain utilizes a stainless steel, oil-free submersible motor, making Scott Aerator fountains the most environmentally friendly ones on the market. The Amherst Fountain is proudly manufactured in the USA and carries an unconditional, 5-year motor warranty. Also available with lights.
Required Water Depth
|Horsepower||Min. Pond Depth|
|1 HP||115V or 230V||60||14||1210|
Power Cord Length
|Motor Size||Available Cord Lengths|
|1 HP 115V||100' - 150'|
|1 HP 230V||100' - 400'|
|1.5 HP 230V||100' - 400'|
|3 HP 230V||100' - 400'|
1. Choose a Horsepower.
- Horsepower is simply the size of the pump which will determine the size of the display.
- Rule of Thumb: make sure there is a minimum of 10 feet between the fountain spray and the edge of your pond. From there it will really be up to you how large you want the fountain to be.
- Ensure that your pond reaches the minimum depth requirements. See specs for pond depth requirements.
2. Choose a Voltage
- Most important step for ensuring proper fountain operation.
- 230V will be required for any pump above 1 HP.
- For pumps 1 HP and below, you have the option of 115V or 230V (these will run on 110V & 240V as well).
- 115V will only work if the total length of power cable between the pump, your outlet, and your main breaker is under 160 feet.
- Example: If your power source at the edge of the pond is 80 feet from the main breaker and you need 100 feet of cord to get the fountain to the middle of the pond, 115V would not be an option because the total lengh of power cable would be 180 feet. This will lead to inadequate voltage which will trip your breaker, cause thermal overload in the pump or make the fountain run intermittently. If your power source by the pond is 80 feet from the main breaker and you need 70 feet of cord to get the fountain to the middle of the pond, 115V will work.
- In general, we always recommend 230V no matter what the size of the pump in order to avoid any voltage problems altogether. There are times when 115V will work but please ensure the above before ordering.
3. Choose a Power Cord Length.
- You will want to choose a power cord length that is long enough to reach the spot in the pond where you want your fountian to float with enough slack to sink a bit below the surface of the water and out of sight.
- Always err on the side of getting a little more length than you need.
- For pumps 1/3 HP & 1/2 HP pumps, power cord is available at a mininum lengh of 70 feet and maximum length of 400 feet.
- For pumps larger than 1/2 HP, power cord is available at a minimum length of 100 feet & maximum length of 400 feet.
- 115V pumps are only available with 100 feet of power cord or less.
4. Choosing Lights (Optional)
- Lights can be purchased with your fountain or added later. In general, the vast majority of customers get lights with their initial order and the feedback that we receive is that they are well worth the extra cost.
- Light sets simply clip & screw on to the float
- Light sets come with their own power cord & programmable timer and run on 110V.
- You have the option of single-color OR color-changing LED light sets. The color-changing lights come with 16 different color settings and a remote control that will work up to 1,000 feet away.
- You have the option of 2-light, 3-light and 4-light sets, meaning the actual number of light fixtures.
- For pumps 1 HP and under we recommend a minimum of 2 lights.
- For 1.5 HP & 2 HP pumps we recommend a minimum of 3 lights.
- or 3 HP pumps we recommend a minimum of 4 lights.
Choosing a Timer (Optional)
- If you need a timer for your fountain, just be sure to choose the correct voltage.
- If your pond is on a commercial property, please choose the commercial timer.
Additional Nozzles (Optional)
- Can't choose between fountains? Scott Aerator fountain pumps are designed to accommodate all Scott Aerator nozzles.
- Choose from 9 unique nozzles to give yourself options so you don't have to choose just one spray pattern!
- Please note: Not all nozzles are available for every motor size. Be sure to choose nozzles for the corresponding horsepower.
Nozzle Spray Sizes (H x W)
|Nozzle||1/2 HP||1 HP||1.5 HP||2 HP||3 HP|
|Amherst||N/A||35' x 40'||35' x 40'||N/A||30' x 25'|
|Atriarch||N/A||30' x 25'||40' x 30'||50' x 40'||60' x 50'|
|Baystone||N/A||14' x 30'||20' x 40'||N/A||N/A|
|Cambridge||N/A||30' x 40'||35' x 45'||N/A||40' x 55'|
|Clover||20' x 35'||30' x 42'||40' x 50'||N/A||50' x 70'|
|Millbrook||N/A||15' x 30'||17' x 35'||N/A||N/A|
|Rosewood||N/A||30' x 40'||35' x 45'||N/A||N/A|
|Skyward||20' x 35'||30' x 42'||40' x 50'||N/A||50' x 70'|
|Tudor||N/A||10' x 35'||15' x 45'||N/A||N/A|
- Q: How do I choose a fountain?
- A: This is a loaded question, and the most common one that we get. Our first question would be: is the goal aeration, aesthetics or both? If the goal is aeration or both, we recommend checking out one of our Aerating Fountains. These have a much higher flow rate than our aesthetic fountains and will circulate a larger volume of water. If the goal is aesthetics, there are many different options to discuss. A lot of this will be largely up to you, and what you want it to look like. The biggest things you want to determine are first, that your pond meets the minimum depth requirements and second that the display size isn’t too large for it. We have display dimensions on all fountain product pages.
- Q: If I want to buy a fountain, how do I choose the horsepower?
- A: The horsepower is simply the size of the motor which will determine the size of the spray pattern. You will want to make sure that your pond meets the minimum depth requirements for whatever horsepower you choose, and ensure that the spray won’t be splashing the sides of the pond. Generally, if your pond is a quarter acre or larger, you can fit any of the fountains that we carry (depending on the shape of the pond). The horsepower you choose will depend on how big you want it to look and the budget that you’re working with.
- Q: Do I need to hire someone to install my fountain?
- A: If you do not already have a power source installed by the pond, we strongly advise consulting a licensed electrician to install the power source. Once the power source is installed, installation of our fountains is pretty straightforward. All of our fountains simply float in the middle of the pond, are anchored on two sides by nylon rope and cinder blocks, and plug in via submersible cord to the power source on the edge of the pond. We have many customers that choose to install their own fountains and save money on installation. This of course depends on the resources available to you.
- Q: How do I choose between 110-120V and 220-240V?
- A: A good rule of thumb is: If the power source at the edge of your pond is more than 70 feet from your main breaker, choose 210-240V. You will of course need to ensure that your power source is equipped to accommodate the higher voltage. This will ensure that your fountain gets ample power in order to run consistently. If you choose the lower voltage and the pond is too far away from the main breaker, your fountain will run intermittently, will shut off immediately after turning it on or will not display to its fullest size. Please call us with any questions.
- Q: Are lights automatically included?
- A: Lights are not automatically included. They can be purchased at the same time as your fountain or at a later date. They simply snap on to the floating unit. They are well worth it.
- Q: Why is the power cord so expensive?
- A: This is largely dictated by the cost of materials. Depending on the make of your fountain, the power cord is made of 14-gauge copper or stainless steel wire, all the way down to 4-gauge copper or stainless steel wire (depending on the size of the fountain and length of power cord).
- Q: Can my fountain be left in the water during the winter?
- A: Only Scott Aerator Fountains are built to operate through the winter. They should either be run continuously or shut off entirely for winter months. Once the water thaws, simply turn them back on.