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So after having 4 wickes wet vacs and got fed up of them spraying water out all the time and having to open the filter to remove water each time. I am looking for a new one. Does anyone have a charles wet vac?
or any other type? What recommendations do people have? I know this has been posted many times but there seems to be a lot more available now then the last time I looked.
 

rpm

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Plumber
VacKing from machine mart, not the cheapest, just throw the foam water filter away, only time mine leaks is when customer has used bleach and doesn`t tell me.
 

Millsy 82

Plumber
Gas Engineer
I've had my wickes on for about 3-4 years now and never sprayed water anywhere. Maybe they have changed.

What I didnt like about the Charles was the lead doesnt roll up like my Henry but when one of my hoovers dies I will buy a charles as I'm carrying 2 hoovers at the moment.
 
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A mate who I work with has the Screwfix Titan one and his seems ok. Haven't tried these myself but Lidl do one and Karcher, or even Vax?
 
Not sure if it has been mentioned as I haven’t read all the posts but, have a look at nilfisk multi 30 wet vac, I spent 2 years emptying /servicing/ installing commercial grease traps and only went through 2 of them, their brilliant bits of kit for the money pretty bullet proof
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Nilfisk Aero 26-21 PC 1250W 25Ltr Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner 240V
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Their a couple quid dearer but honestly if you saw the £&@* we put them through, no filters to have to clean and they just kept going
 
Not sure if it has been mentioned as I haven’t read all the posts but, have a look at nilfisk multi 30 wet vac, I spent 2 years emptying /servicing/ installing commercial grease traps and only went through 2 of them, their brilliant bits of kit for the money pretty bullet proof
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Nilfisk Aero 26-21 PC 1250W 25Ltr Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner 240V
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Their a couple quid dearer but honestly if you saw the £&@* we put them through, no filters to have to clean and they just kept going
They have some good reviews, do you not need to change the filter for wet and dry then?
 
Yes sorry for dry you need a filter and u just take the filter out to use it wet but it’s a plastic corrugated filter so quick hose blast and it’s brand new again. I never used it dry as theres not many dry grease traps out there... honestly can’t recommend them enough. Felt bad putting “old Sheila 1+2” through the horrors of grease traps
 
Yes sorry for dry you need a filter and u just take the filter out to use it wet but it’s a plastic corrugated filter so quick hose blast and it’s brand new again. I never used it dry as theres not many dry grease traps out there... honestly can’t recommend them enough. Felt bad putting “old Sheila 1+2” through the horrors of grease traps
Only just issue is the reliability, £150 for 1 years use does not sound great! Other reviews say they have had issues after 18 months just using dust and warranty is only 1 year!
 

Ben-gee

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Plumber
Had a Charles for about 10 years, brilliant - only thing tank is a bit on the small side.

My advice is only use your wet vac for wet then they are no trouble.

I take a Henry with no bag for dry - that one is 26 years old.
 
Had a Charles for about 10 years, brilliant - only thing tank is a bit on the small side.

My advice is only use your wet vac for wet then they are no trouble.

I take a Henry with no bag for dry - that one is 26 years old.
Brill, thanks. I already have a henry and that's why I am edging towards charles but a lot of reviews say charles is heavy, which may be a pain in lofts. Also can you always get in loft? My wickes vac fitted in every loft, even the smaller hatches
 
Yeah I get what your saying but to be honest I emptied/serviced 5-10 units between 50-600 litres of waste each, 5-7 days/nights a week a for a year, in that time and if you’ve never seen one then its like half solid half slime water mix and it never missed a beat once, I only replaced it coz it got so compacted with $£*% that I didn't want try and clean the nasty gipping stuff off it for that money bought a new one. I have the bigger two motor version that I'm using I'm my house reno right now and that's 2+ yrs old and like brand new and its hovered everything from garden bonfire to blocked manhole at mine so far but obviously up to you bert. just sharing my experience, I tried plenty of different vacs over the time and they were by far the best in my opinion :)
 

townfanjon

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Wickes vac with the wet/dry filter is just about unbeatable, chuck the filter is comes with it .
 
Wickes vac with the wet/dry filter is just about unbeatable, chuck the filter is comes with it .
They are pants! I had filter and kept old filter and still the water gets in motor and then spits it out! It's ok for first 8 months and then starts spitting out every time it gets full and have to empty filter and leave outside for 10 minutes to remove water.
 

EvilDrPorkChop

Gas Engineer
Advent Win
how do you empty toilet cisterns? Remove the last bit of water from the pipes? Empty loft tanks?
Sponge to soak up the last bit in bottom and wring out in pan. Tanks in loft, just disconnect them and tip them into a bucket, might take one or two depending on tank. Not had any issues so far...
 

ShaunCorbs

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Sponge to soak up the last bit in bottom and wring out in pan. Tanks in loft, just disconnect them and tip them into a bucket, might take one or two depending on tank. Not had any issues so far...
Same :eek: don’t own one either
 
Sponge to soak up the last bit in bottom and wring out in pan. Tanks in loft, just disconnect them and tip them into a bucket, might take one or two depending on tank. Not had any issues so far...
Air locks on gravity system?
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I mean gravity cold systems?
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Water meters filled with water? Blocked cold feed from f and e tank?
 

ShaunCorbs

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Air locks on gravity system?
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I mean gravity cold systems?
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Water meters filled with water? Blocked cold feed from f and e tank?
Back feed or create a vacuum
 

EvilDrPorkChop

Gas Engineer
Advent Win
Yeah as Shaun says Backfeed, have a piece made up if no mixer to do it on. Blocked F&E in my experience usually needs repiping anyway, so just do that if its blocked bad enough. Meters with water in street just bail them out or get your hand in.
 

ShaunCorbs

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S. Mod
Plumber
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Yeah as Shaun says Backfeed, have a piece made up if no mixer to do it on. Blocked F&E in my experience usually needs repiping anyway, so just do that if its blocked bad enough. Meters with water in street just bail them out or get your hand in.
Or play pin the tail on the donkey
 

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