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Neptune Aquafilter vacuum - a childhood find!
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Post# 369663   3/31/2017 at 13:01 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hi all,

So, a bit of backstory first.

Back in about 1998 (I think!) my godparents bought a water filtration vacuum from an in-home demonstrator. At the time, they had a Vax 2000 suction only cleaner and thick carpets. It was the first time I'd ever seen any kind of water filtration vacuum and my Dad (who loves a gimmick!) was very impressed. He got a demo from the same person and bought one. I think it was around 300 from what I remember.

My Dad soldiered on with it for a fair few years until he left it full of dirty water one week and when he went back to it, it had gone all gross and manky inside. So he threw it away and bought an Electrolux from the Co-Op.

I never knew anyone else who owned one and they've rarely cropped up on ebay. I don't think they ever really took off.

Anyway, fastforward to 2017 and I now own one!!! I'm so pleased!! It's not the same colour as the one we had (ours was green) but I remember the brochure that came with my Dad's had both this and the green model on the cover.

It was absolutely filthy when I got it and caked in dried on dust. I don't think whoever owned this ever really cleaned it properly, but after a strip down, new air filters and a whiz through the dishwasher for the seperator and tank, it's come up lovely. It came with all the tools and the user manual.

The dusting tools store in a little compartment on the back and it comes with 3 floor tools - combo hard floor/carpet tool, a huge air-driven turbobrush that's one of the best turbo brushes I've used and a wet pick up squeegee tool. Sorry US friends, no powernozzle.

I've just vacuumed the house and the water was FILTHY! Even after 2 vacuums this week with a Sebo and Electrolux Twin Turbo upright, I was still astounded at what it's pulled out of our carpets.

A full video demo will follow, but in the meantime, here is a snap!

Post# 369668 , Reply# 1   3/31/2017 at 14:41 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Love the color. Does it use a separator like a Rainbow, or just a series of baffles to keep the water out of the motor?

Post# 369673 , Reply# 2   3/31/2017 at 15:11 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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It seems to have a proper separator. The seperaor sits in the top of the tank with the the hose plugging into it. A wide air path then carries the dust and dirt into the water

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Post# 369767 , Reply# 3   4/1/2017 at 23:57 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Interesting never seen that would love to know more about it

Post# 369837 , Reply# 4   4/2/2017 at 19:25 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Isn't this also called the PIGG over here? It looks just like an odd water vacuum we have here based out of Texas called the PIGG (NOT to be confused with the Nss pig)

Post# 369853 , Reply# 5   4/2/2017 at 22:56 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Phillip - Yes, that's right. Both the PIGG & Neptune are manufactured by Zelmer in Poland.


Post# 369867 , Reply# 6   4/3/2017 at 03:40 by Hoovermatic (UK)        

So the Neptune lives on as the Zelmer Aquawelt. Just looked at the spec and they have now improved on it by making it a carpet washer and a water filter vacuum, or if you prefer it can be used with filter bags instead of using the water filter. I knew the Neptune reminded me of something similar.

Post# 369960 , Reply# 7   4/4/2017 at 06:29 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Thanks all, I was wondering who manufactured these so that's very handy to know.

I will be doing a full demo of it shortly, I promise, I've just been a little bit busy studying lately. Hoping to get something together this weekend.

Post# 369961 , Reply# 8   4/4/2017 at 06:32 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Just a bit of a taster of what's to come, here is what the Neptune pulled out of our mattress, which we normally vacuum monthly anyway.

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Post# 370275 , Reply# 9   4/8/2017 at 08:52 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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