"This unit has had many years of development and has now become so easy to fit it's almost childs play. Find a convenient place on your pipework (usually the return), ensuring you have clearance above and below the unit for servicing, cut out the appropriate section of pipe with a pipeslice (approx 7 inches), fit the two compression butterfly valves and then plop the TF1 between the two valves with the rubber washers and nip them up lightly. Job done!!
The TF1 can easily be adjusted to accommodate flow up or down, left or right.
Servicing the unit: turn off boiler, close butterfly valves, remove the magnet rod from the top of the TF1 (this lets the collected magnetite fall to the bottom of the unit) place bucket under the TF1 then open the drain off valve (with the supplied key/cap combo) at the bottom of the TF1. The trapped gunge will drop into the bucket that you put underneath, then open the butterfly valve on the flow into the unit briefly to swill out the TF1 and any remaining sludge. Close butterfly valve, drain off valve and reinstall the magnet into the top of the TF1. Job done :)
The beauty of this unit is that you don't come into contact with any sludge like you do with a Magnaclean et al, it's easy to install with top quality fittings, and can be configured to work with any run of pipework.
"I am a gas safe registered engineer, having installed several magnetic sludge traps from various manufacturers I find the TF1 to be the best all rounder. It is simply technical excellence in a box. It wins hands down in every area for me, it is easy to install, easy to service and brilliant as a dosing pot for inhibitor. This is the one that goes on every boiler that I fit. Highly recommended."
"There are a number of similar products on the market but Fernox FT1 has the edge over the rest. They are still improving the design ever so slightly, so look out for the universal O ring rather than the multi colour ones at present. The drain valve on the bottom of the unit is just so simple for removing anything collected, and the plastic drain valve cap/KEY is handy feature along with the magnet which can be removed without unscrewing the lid. The capacity of the unit makes it easy for dosing the system with concentrated chemicals but make sure the lid O ring is clean and in the correct place as we did have one unit that had a small weep but correct positioning and some silicon grease sorted it out. Look out for package deals on the unit and chemicals F3 or F5 cleaner and F1 as a inhibitor."
"Fitted this recently to my own central heating system to try it out before I start supplying to customers. Works brilliant, Proper chemicals added in the proper order, Drained system a couple of times to get rid of excess gunge and now I a clean heating system and pipes that are now easy to maintain. Get one before I end up buying them all. LOL"
"I have tried the rest and now I use the best, I have bought loads of these and they do exactly what they are supposed to, only had one problem with a leaking lid and it was swapped without hesitation by Screwfix, top company to deal with, much more helpfull than normal trade outlets."
"Relatively easy to install and service. There are noticeable results almost straight away. The boiler and whole central heating system is much quieter and smoother running. I think it is excellent value for money and would highly recommend to others."
"Was going to fit a Magnaclean Twinteck on my old Glow worm floor standing boiler, but finished up after a bit of research with a Fernox FT1 total filter. The FT1 Is dun in 22 & 28mm the connections at the back will rotate fitting any close to the wall pipe horizontal or vertical, it will work on horizontal return flow left to right or right to left or vertical flow up or down, you just rotate the connection piece at the back & fit the collard washers shown on instruction sheet for that direction. To clean all you do is turn the inlet & outlet valves off, just lift the magnet out of its sleeve, that will make all the magnetic bits on the other side of the sleeve caught by the magnet drop to the bottom were other non magnetic bits are stored, open the drain valve at the bottom after putting a bucket under or connecting it to a hosepipe, turn the outlet valve on for a few seconds this will blast every thing out. or you can undo the top & clean it manually. Note the Magnaclean TwinTech is only dun in 22mm and according to ADEY is designed for plastic under floor central heating & pips (FT1 will do that) Magnaclean Professional 22mm & 28mm is not a total filter it only takes out iron oxide and you have to scrape it off the magnet, and clean out the inside case with a rag, all 3 magnaCleans mentioned above are harder to fit to pips as against the FT1 were a pipe gap of 210mm for the 22mm & 220mm for the 28mm & you don't have to force the pips out to fix the FT1. Can I say more!. Had only 1 problem was the instruction book not the best to understand, see Fernox FT1 on U tube for demonstration."
"The TF1 was easy to install and is already catching metallic waste on the the magnetised area despite the boiler only having run for about 10 minutes since installation.The TF1 makes system dosing easy and it is a doddle to drain any accumulated dirt from the filter. It has only been in for a week so can't comment on long term aspects yet."
"I would reccomend these to anyone. I am a professional plumber and do a lot of boiler changes, i always recommend to my customers to fit one, sometimes they are sceptical but after i have run the boiler for half an hour and show them what this thing stops from going in the boiler they are very impressed. not cheap but better than a new boiler!"
"Fitted this to a sludged and treated microbore system. Started collecting immediately. Quite a lot larger than expected. Thankfully there was enough room in the airing cupboard. Wouldn't recommend this if it was going to be on show, ie. under a boiler. Good puchase if you need to leave your customer to clean it out during a desludge/system cleanse as in my case."
"I have just replaced a TF1 which was leaking from the lid, manifold joint and compression fittings onto my customers utility ceiling. The filter was installed at 90 degrees to the pipe work meaning the manifold had to be slightly undone on a thread to allow for the fitting to sit at 90 degrees to the pipe which caused seals to fail over time. In addition the compression fittings require rubber washers which had also failed. The lid shouldn't need to be undone for servicing so can only assume the seals have again hardened and failed. The replacement TF1 has been upgraded to sort the thread issue between the main body and manifold although the rubber seals on the compression fittings still feel cheap. The lid on the replacement model now also includes visual alignment marks to ensure it is sufficiently tightened. The fact that the new design has been improved is a good thing but also should be a warning to anyone who has had the older version fitted which should be checked for leaks when servicing boilers. Time will tell if the new improvements work?"
I have this fitted for about three years and yes reasonably easy to fit and yes it does remove some muck, but if your system is almost new and well flushed this is just playing safe. However, I started to note a leak in more than one place. If fitting vertically the original design was ready to fit. However, if you place say in the horizontal position or change of direction of flow you have to take out the rubber seal from the main body parts that connect to the pipe and refit with thicker seals / spacers to allow for variation in input/output ports and the main body. This is because this screws onto the main body so depending on the position there will be gap differences, hence the difference seals/spacers - this is poor design.
This all well seems well and good to begin with but over time seals shrink (plastics age harden) which means which once sealed doesn't and needed tighten further so more at a 45 degrees rather than vertical, so yes it will leak over time, perhaps if I had known this I should have used some addition sealant (plumbers gold), which would have prevented the leak through the ceiling and the subsequent damage.
Additionally, the inlet an outlet vales fit to the copper pipe with rubber seals not compression fittings, hence again over time, these can perish but you would have thought should have been OK after 3 years. OK perhaps fitting additional sealant may have helped, but there just no substitute for good quality compression fittings.
As a result I have removed, even if I replaced the seals this would just again happened again over time and I have replaced it with a more substantial all brass device with compression fittings, similar to that fitted by the gas board.
Wish I knew this at the time as it has cost me almost twice as much and damage to the ceilings.
These things should be fit and forgot apart for say a yearly flush of the containments inside the main body.
Don’t be swayed by well-known manufactures as they have to redesign and learn by mistakes. I note a similar issue has also been noted in another thread.
I guess now I am faced with trying to bring it to the Manufacturers attention but I guess they won’t entertain so I have just wasted my money.
I would advise a different make instead - dont waste your time any money."
"It leaked soone after install and soaked the b carpet and chipboard flooring. I fixed it by tightening top cover.
Later the boiler needed fixing and this device had to be removed. British Gas engineer didn't even bother trying to refit it and installed his own solid brass one instead. He says they always ALWAYS leak and he couldn't be asked to fiddle with it or risk water damage after he left. That was his experience of the device..."