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Hoover Aquamaster S4396
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:33:40 PM »
Saw this on ebay not too far away listed under other DIY/Tools as a Hover...

Always wanted an aquamaster, so lobbed the only bid on and went and fetched it



It came with a bag!



Immediate win was all the paperwork, which wasnt shown or mentioned on the listing!



Small tools didnt look too healthy though...



but apart from missing the upholstry tool it was very complete!



May 1989



I opened her up and found another filter too, which was nice



Ball valve was present



Hose end is broken sadly, but it holds the tools ok enough



Floor brush



Poles were worn but not dented



<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUzuH5QFNzo" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUzuH5QFNzo</a>

Didnt sound brilliantly healthy but it ran



Had a quick shampoo

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqA68HwHlRA" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqA68HwHlRA</a>

and did a quick test, although only turned the solution on halfway through like an idiot



Removed a healthy amount of dirt from the hallway rug



Job done, I had a look at the floor tool. It didnt like switching from carpet to hard floor



Was also utterly filthy



Ah



That'll do it













Gave it all a good wash





Quick polish had it looking good again!



I washed and ciffed the solution tank, and Eva helped me apply trim gel and buff it



Then tested it for strength



Later that night when SWMBO went to work, I got started on the messy stuff!



Some screws





And some soil/plaster dust





The castors and holder snap off the bottom





and knock out from above with a screwdriver



Had a look at the solution tube next



Dirty





Sadly the little tube snapped off at a join when removing it





All split and ready for washing



Found some old Vax tubing



Cut to length



Onto the main machine now (you'll see why I waited for SWMBO to go to work...)



Float valve cage off



Seal was filthy



as was the whole thing



Onto the top cover now (it stands up easier with the float cage removed)

One screw is hidden under a cap



One long and one short



2 machine screws release the handle



and the top comes off





Sensing filth, I grabbed a Hoover to vacuum out my Hoover...





Handle split down



Switch cover removed



Onto the next layer



Cable off







Switch pops out of the moulding





Removed



Top diffuser off



and finally the top layer of housing



First layer of sound deadening



It was solid with plaster dust and damp. The three clips holding it together were a pain too, and I slipped with the screwdriver a few times, and snapped part of the backing of the sound deadening but eventually






Another peice was inside the top hat



and again solid.

I vacced off the worse, and got some movement back into the sponge, and withdrew the motor assembly



Yummy



This forms the start of the solution tube network



More scabby foam



I think this machines seen some use



People who have had these machines before were screaming at me to check the fans...



Motor seals off



Not being too fussed about a few dents on the fan case I hammered it off



Took the top cover off



Carbons are good, but worryingly wet... (in its defence, I may have performed a partial water change on our fish tank by sucking 2x loads of water out of it using this before the stripdown...)



Onto the fan now, so grabbed ye old faithfull



And eventually got the nut off



and the fan



Noticed my finger had started bleeding by this point



so fixed that



Started uncovering the fan case





and got it free again



Couldnt get the second fan off, but I have a flatblade screwdriver that fits perfectly into the fins so scraped out a LOAD of caked on plaster dust!



After that, it was getting late, so I cleaned up the front room, and washed the motor housing and foam bits. The foam bits were filthy, so much grit and crap ran out it nearly clogged the bath. Got them 70% cleaner, but the backing started to suffer so I left them be. Their dry now, and do feel 100% better. Sadly, the plastics aren't coming up 100%, so may beed to wash them a few times. Will persevere.

On an unrelated note, I got a box of Turbopower tools from freecycle at lunchtime



which are always handy as I have laods of Turbopowers that need them. However, I noticed that the hose end had the Aquamaster solution trigger cutouts on. Hoover must have cut costs so much in the 90's that they just used the same parts for different machines. Older TP Hose ends dont have the cutouts



I'm going to see if I have a more used hose end with the cutouts anywhere as this set is unused, but if not then this hose end, and the small tools will be donated to the Aquamaster.

More when it's all washed!
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Re: Hoover Aquamaster S4396
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 10:38:32 PM »
Very nice! My mate had one since he was a kid, has Dyson now
How straight suction floor tools manage to get dust in them I don't know 😕 and aww good Eva loves to help out! Bless :)
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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Re: Hoover Aquamaster S4396
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 10:05:24 PM »
It's not slave labour if you dont pay em!
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Re: Hoover Aquamaster S4396
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 10:28:48 PM »
After a lovely weekend away, where I was un naturally obsessed after a few with the hotels numatic with a broken hose cuff. Resisted the urge to ask them to bring it out so I could fix it properly, I re-assembled the Aquamaster

Cleaned the motor up as best I could



Put the top fan back on. If I ever find myself with some de-rusting solution one day I'll pop this back apart and give it a soak and see what happens. For now though, it can stay





Top fan on



and fitted the fan case and carbon brushes.

Onto the main unit now. First set of foam in



Cleaned the motor seals until they were brand new again and fitted the motor

Second layer of foam in the middle housing. None of the plastics came up brilliantly, so much concrete residue everywhere even cif didnt move it...



The two foam bulkheads were reassembled and refitted





and the top cover was fitted and wired up



Final bit of foam and the top cover was screwed on



<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMC66Pp1nNI" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMC66Pp1nNI</a>

Feeling excited to see if the motor work did any good, I fitted the top to the in bits base that was awaiting being washed and switched it on. Sounded so much healthier! As the comment on that YT vid says, it doesnt sound perfect, but tbh the bearings are great, so the rust and corrosion must have thrown the fans off balance slightly. I can live with that, this is never going to be a concorse winner...

The bottom section is washed, and after a damn good ciffing will be ready to complete the main machine!
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