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Snakes and Other Drain Cleaning Tools


General Wire Spring Company offers some of the finest snakes and drain maintenance tools in the industry. From handheld to free-standing, they have the hard working tool for every drain clearing need. PlumbingSupply.com® is your source for snakes and drain cleaning tools from General Wire.


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Mini Hand Snake
Features:
  • Approximately 30 1/2" overall length (26 1/2" snake with 4" handle)
  • Great for shower & tub drains
  • Easy to use
  • Can clean out most blocked sinks, bathtubs or even toilet problems
  • Spring steel wire will bend around almost all pipes
Image of a very small hand snake
Model # SNAKE-MINI = $9.31

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Top quality - Toilet ("Closet") Augers
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This closet auger works where plungers fail. The perfect tool for retrieving lost objects or breaking up stoppages in clogged toilets. Two layers of tempered spring steel tightly coiled over an inner core of wired rope gives this tool tremendous resistance to kinking and breaking.
A flexible bulbous type head with a built in retriever coil helps protect the inner walls of a toilet bowl from chipping or breaking, while the double layered 15/32" O.D. cable is easily worked through sharply angled trap way passages. A vinyl bowl guard allows the cable to be placed in the bottom of the bowl without scratching the bowl and allowing the cable to be released directly into the trap way.
Image of demonstration of the Toilet Auger
Closet auger in action
The telescoping auger lets you clear stoppages that may be just beyond the bowl. There are three extra feet of cable hidden in the guide tube that can quickly and easily be released, when needed, by pressing a button and pulling out the crank handle.

The 6 foot telescoping augers have a 1-1/8" diameter outer brass finish steel tube and a tough octagonal inner guide tube that houses the extra hidden cable. Top this off with a 3/8" galvanized steel cranking rod, a vinyl grip handle and a grip clip to attach the cable to the tube when not in use, and you have a tool that has been made to be used for many years to come. It's no wonder this is the professional plumbers choice. It's like the Cadillac of closet augers, but at the Chevy price.
The 3 foot closet auger has a 3/4" brass finished steel tube outside but also incorporates the 3/8" galvanized steel cranking rod and the vinyl grip handle. The grip clip allows the cable to be conveniently attached to the handle for easy transportation and storage.
The major benefit of the "down head" style cable (which is also appropriately known as a drop-head) is that the down head will lead the cable down the drain as opposed to up the vent stack. As the down head approaches a tee opening, gravity takes over and the down head works like a universal joint, swiveling and dropping down into the opening, forcing the cable to follow. A typical blockage will be down the line, not up the vent.
Product Price & Quantity
3' Deluxe closet auger - regular head $37.05
6' Deluxe telescoping closet auger - regular head $54.85
6' Deluxe telescoping closet auger - down head $61.85
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6' Replacement cable only - down head $40.35
Replacement HEAD only - regular head $3.98
Replacement HEAD only -down head $11.97

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Top quality - Urinal Augers
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This quality urinal auger cable is a single layer of tempered spring steel coiled tightly over a hollow core specifically designed for urinals. This tough, tempered steel spring offers tremendous resistance to kinking or breaking, yet has the flexibility and maneuverability to negotiate through numerous tight urinal bends.
Pictorial demonstration of the General Wire Urinal Auger The Telescoping Teletube® provides 48" of spring but 24" is hidden inside an octagonal inner guide tube for those instances when you may need help to clear stoppages lurking beyond the urinal.
The extra 2 feet of cable inside the 4 foot deluxe telescoping urinal auger can easily be accessed by pushing a button and pulling out the crank handle. A rubber bumper at the end of the tube helps protect urinal bowls.
Product Price & Quantity
4' deluxe telescoping urinal auger by General Wire $31.30

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Deluxe Hand-Held Drain Snake
With Quick-Easy Cable Lock

This Deluxe Hand-Held Auger features:
  • This is perfect for those small clogs, saving the cost of a plumber for more difficult clogs
  • Quick and easy cable lock / release
  • Cable fits snug in the poly canister for easy storage and access
  • Pistol grip handle for smooth operation
  • Rust proof molded poly canister
  • 1/4" x 25 ft. cable
  • Ideal for small drains like kitchen and bathroom sinks
The Quick-Easy cable lock and release feature sets this tool above your normal canister drum snakes. No more tightening thumb screws that take extra time to tighten and loosen in order to move the cable. Pull the quick-easy lock lever back towards the canister and the cable is instantly locked. Push the quick-easy lock lever forward and the cable is instantly released to move forward into the drain or be retracted back into the canister. Nice compact design allows you to spin the canister freely to help unclog those pesky, irritating stoppages.

Description Price & Quantity
Deluxe - Pistol Grip Drum Auger with Quick-Easy Lock $34.88

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Master Plumber's Toilet Plunger
Image of Master plumber plunger Image of an angled view of the Master plumber plunger
Features:
  • Heavy duty
  • Ribbed cup for strength
  • Provides big "blast" for many stoppages
  • High quality rubber cup
  • 19" handle
Description Price & Quantity
Master Plumber's Toilet Plunger w/ 19" Handle $8.95

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Uses the power of water pressure to clear clogs

Clog Busters by Cherne
Image of water pressure clog and drain and trap busters - cleaners Unclog drain pipes without using harmful chemicals. Clog Busters are non-toxic and can be quickly and easily attached to a garden hose. They're economical and reusable. Once attached to a garden hose, just place the Clog Buster as far as possible into the drain and slowly turn on the cold water. The "Clog Buster" must be fully inserted all the way into the drain. As pressure builds inside the Clog Buster, it swells against the inside of the pipe putting even pressure against the wall of the pipe until it is tight. Once tight it will not allow water to seep back past it, but instead releases water toward the clog until enough pressure builds up to blow water through and effectively bust the clog.
These are designed to clear most drains safely, but remember these do use water pressure and should be used with some caution. Make sure to choose the correct size to fit inside your pipe. These will work in 1-1/2" to 2" drains in sinks, bathtubs, showers, and washing machines, and will work in main waste lines from 3" up to 6".
In some instances the drain clog may be tough enough to cause the "Clog Buster" water to back up in your vent and pour out of your roof vent. If this should happen you may wish to call a plumber.

Model # Description Price & Quantity
SCB1 1" to 2" $12.88
SCB2 1-1/2" to 3" $14.03
SCB3 4" to 6" $27.57

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Drill Style Drain Cleaners
We also offer the Super Vee, Power Vee and other drill style pipe cleaners

Handylectric
Just as the name suggests, the Handylectric is very handy. With a variable speed motor this handheld drain cleaner has the ability to clear clogs in lines from 1-1/4" up to 3" in diameter in awkward and tight spaces. The 0 - 500 RPM motor speed can power the cable through stubborn stoppages, and the motor has a quick reversing switch to help release the cable should it get caught in a drain line.
Image of Handylectric drain cleaner The cables used in the Handylectric are gripped by a Collet Chuck that must be loosened by hand for the cable to be loosened and manually fed into the drain, and must again be hand tightened to lock the cable in place.

This Handylectric can be used with a convenient portable work stand, known as the Handy-Stand, to help you stabilize this drain cleaner and provide more hands free operation. The Handy-Stand is an option that can be purchased separately.
Rust and scratch resistant heavy gauge stamped aluminum drum holds 50 ft. of 1/4" or 5/16" cable and 35 ft. of 3/8" cable. Unlike the Super Vee or the Power Vee, the Handylectric does not use a quick change cartridge system. A comfortable pistol grip handle makes for a safe and easy handling work experience. This tool may be commonly misspelled Handyelectric, but we are sure this "handy" tool will not be commonly misplaced.

Model# Description Price & Quantity
Without Case
Price & Quantity
With Case
C-HE-A Handylectric handheld includes the following:
1 Each   1/4" x 25' cable  (with basin plug head)
1 Each   3/8" x 25' cable  (with female connector)
1 Each  HECS cutter set
$369.01 $411.55
C-HE-D Handylectric handheld includes the following:
1 Each  5/16" x 25' cable  (with basin plug head)
$283.15 $325.69
C-HE-F Handylectric handheld includes the following:
1 Each  1/4" x 25' cable  (with basin plug head)
$275.50 $318.05
C-HE Handylectric handheld only (less cables and case)
3.2 amp, all ball bearing, double insulated motor
with variable speed control, reverse switch & Collet chuck
$258.76 - -
Please Note:The HECS cutter set will only work on cables with a female connection.
Additional cables with a female connection can be purchased below.

Click here to purchase replacement cables with basin plug heads with or without drop heads.

Model # Description Price & Quantity
HECS Handylectric cutter set $38.40
MCC Carrying case $52.97
HST Handy-Stand $96.97
We also offer a large selection of individual cutter heads here
Spare / Replacement Cables    - for Handylectric
(with female connector)
25HE1-AC 5/16" x 25' - with female connector $50.05
50HE1-AC 5/16" x 50' - with female connector $80.35
25HE2 3/8" x 25' - with female connector $64.90
35HE2 3/8" x 35' - with female connector $74.87
Click here to purchase replacement cables with basin plug heads with or without drop heads.
Replacement Parts    - for Handylectric
SV-31-3 Trigger Switch (for Skil #6355-GWS) $38.95

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Handy-Stand and Carrying Case
The Handy-Stand is a compact portable work stand designed to help you conveniently stabilize General Wire drill style drain cleaners and provide a more hands free operation.
Image of Handy-Stand,floor stand A quick-release clamp secures the drain cleaner into position and a power cord holder helps keep work obstructions to a minimum. The Handy-Stand frame has a four-point base to increase stability, allowing greater control of the cable and the machine during use and has a built-in cutter caddy for added convenience. The lift handle also doubles as a spare cable or cable cartridge holder and the entire Handy-Stand only weighs 6 lbs. by itself.

The Handy Carrying Case will hold one of the General Wire drill style drain cleaning machines, one HECS cutter set and an extra cable or cable cartridge. Made of durable plastic, weighing 9 lbs., this case not only helps organize your drain clearing machine and cutters, but also makes it easy to store your equipment in your truck or your shop.

The Handy-Stand and the Handy Carrying Case fit the following General Wire drill style models:
  • Super-Vee
  • Power-Vee
  • Handylectric
  • Description Price & Quantity
    Handy-Stand $96.97
    Handy Carrying Case $52.97

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    Small Drain Rooters
    For 1-1/4" to 3" Lines
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    Drain Rooter PH
    The Drain Rooter PH comes equipped with a variable speed power cable feed and variable speed reversible motor which makes drain cleaning jobs faster, cleaner, and overall easier. This compact drain cleaning machine has a unique frame allowing it to be used in a horizontal or vertical position, which ever is needed to get closer to the drain
    Drain Rooter PH Drain Cleaner The Drain Rooter PH comes with a four foot guide hose to help eliminate cable whipping, dirty fixtures, and messy floors during and after operation. Feeding and retrieving cable up to 16 feet per minute, the guide hose is also the feed control allowing the operator to feed or retrieve cable with a quick flick of the wrist motion. By changing the pressure put on the foot switch pedal the drum speed can be varied. The foot switch pedal is pneumatic, air actuated, so no electrical contact can occur between the pedal and the motor for safe operation.
    The Drain Rooter PH has a heavy gauge stamped aluminum drum that uses a quick change cartridge system so you can switch to a different cable diameter without needing to pull the old cable out of the drum. The plastic cartridge drum within the aluminum drum also helps to keep the cable from tangling. The drum capacity will allow the use of 50ft. of 1/4" or 5/16" cable and 35ft. of 3/8" cable. This drain cleaner weighs 22 lbs (without cable.)

    Model # Description Price & Quantity
    PH-DR-A Includes Drain Rooter PH basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 5/16" x 50' cable  (with down head basin bulb)
    $622.03
    PH-DR-B Includes Drain Rooter PH basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 5/16" x 50' cable  (with female connector)
    1 Each HECS cutter set
    $652.02
    PH-DR-C Includes Drain Rooter PH basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 3/8" x 35' cable  (with female connector)
    1 Each HECS cutter set
    $647.10
    PH-DR-D Includes Drain Rooter PH basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 1/4" x 50' cable  (with down head basin bulb)
    $608.34
    PH-DR Drain Rooter PH basic unit only (no cable)
    variable speed motor with reverse switch, variable power cable feed,
    waterproof air foot switch, quick change plastic cartridge,
    4 ft. guide hose (cables sold separately)
    $564.56
     
    HECS Handylectric cutter set

    We also offer a large selection of individual cutter heads here
    $38.40
    Please Note:The HECS cutter set will only work on cables with female connections.
    Additional cables with a female connection can be purchased below.

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    Spare / Replacement Cables    - for Drain Rooter PH
    Model # Description Price & Quantity
    (without cartridge)
    Price & Quantity
    (with cartridge)
    25HE1-AC 5/16" x 25' - with female connector $50.05 $64.17
    50HE1-AC 5/16" x 50' - with female connector $80.35 $96.65
    3/8" Diameter Replacement Cables
    25HE2 3/8" x 25' - with female connector $64.90 $72.72
    35HE2 3/8" x 35' - with female connector $74.87 $90.89

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    Medium Drain Rooters
    For 2 to 4" Lines
    to more medium drain cleaners

    Mini-Rooter Pro Drain Cleaner
    You just won't find a drain cleaning machine made with more time-saving features for cleaning lines. Easily clears lines from the roof top to the basement, including kitchen, bath, & laundry drains. When equipped with 1/2" cable, this Mini-Rooter Pro is capable of cleaning lines up to 4" in diameter.
    The Mini-Rooter Pro is portable. A folding handle makes for more compact storage in your truck and six inch semi-pneumatic built-in wheels allow easier transportation to and from the job. The drum can be removed in seconds for better portability or you can switch to a different diameter cable without a mess and with no time lost.
    Mini-Rooter Pro Drain Cleaner The basic MR-200 drum has a distributor tube inside that allows you to feed cable in and out without chucking and releasing the cable every few feet to help you finish the job quicker.

    The Mini-Rooter Pro drain cleaner has a 1/3 HP motor with a forward-off-reverse switch controlled by an air pressurized foot pedal to start and stop the machine. There is no electrical wiring between the foot pedal and the motor and a ground fault circuit interrupter is included for added operator safety.

    Other safety features include a high impact belt guard and leather gloves for hand protection when guiding the cable. This machine is relatively light compared to similar sized models yet gives you so much versatility. The MR-200 Drum can hold 75 ft. of 3/8" or 1/2" cable. An optional smaller J-Drum or the more versatile Dual Drum can be purchased for handling smaller, more flexible cables and makes this Mini-Rooter Pro even more desirable to the professional.
    When you order the Mini-Rooter Pro drain cleaner with the Power Cable Feed the cable can be driven and retracted at up to 16 feet per minute. The power cable feed can quickly adjust from 3/8" to 1/2" cables without any tools or additional parts and swings out of the way to make drum changing easy. The Mini-Rooter Pro drain cleaners with the optional Power Cable Feed come standard with the XP-200 Drum instead of the MR-200 or MR-250 drum.

    Model# Description Price & Quantity Price & Quantity
    With Power Cable Feed
    and XP-200 Drum
    MRP-A Mini-Rooter Pro-A includes 1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch,
    10 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves
    1 Each MR-200 Drum and MRCS cutter set;
    1 Each 3/8" x 50' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $567.89 $848.22
    MRP-B Mini-Rooter Pro-B includes 1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch,
    10 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves,
    1 Each MR-200 Drum and MRCS cutter set;
    1 Each 3/8" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $599.48 $883.88
    MRP-C Mini-Rooter Pro-C includes 1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch,
    10 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves,
    1 Each MR-200 Drum and MRCS cutter set;
    1 Each 1/2" x 50' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $595.80 $879.30
    MRP-D Mini-Rooter Pro-D includes 1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch,
    10 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves,
    1 Each MR-200 Drum and MRCS cutter set;
    1 Each 1/2" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $651.28 $933.29
    MRP-J Mini-Rooter Pro basic unit with MR-250 J-Drum only (no cable)
    1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves (cable sold separately)
    $509.75 $795.40
    MRP Mini-Rooter Pro basic unit with MR-200 Drum only (no cable)
    1/3 HP motor w/reverse switch, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves (cable sold separately)
    $467.33 $751.68

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the Mini-Rooter Pro ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    ↓ Additional Drums for Mini-Rooter Pro ↓
    MR-200 Basic Drum only - holds 75 ft. of 3/8" or 1/2" cable - Click here for cables $155.20
    MR-250 J-Drum only - holds 1/4" or 5/16" Cables - Click here for cables $179.22
    XP-200 XP drum only with inner drum and distributor tube
    to prevent cable tangling under load - click here for cables
    $199.87
    J50 J-Drum with 1/4" x 50' cable with basin plug head installed in drum $246.60
    J50A J-Drum with 5/16" x 50' cable with basin plug head installed in drum $251.16
    ↓ Parts for Mini-Rooter Pro ↓
    MRCS Mini-Rooter cutter set (included with units that come with cables) $30.87
    MR-308-E Power Switch for diaphragm $43.77
    MR-308-G Reverse Switch $32.93
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    Mini-Rooter XP Drain Cleaner
    The Mini-Rooter XP is a perfect combination of extreme portability and performance. With a 1/3 HP motor, and 8" semi-pneumatic wheels, this machine goes anywhere and can handle up to 4" diameter lines.
    Image of the Mini Rooter-XP Drain Cleaner The Power Cable Feed is the stand-out feature of this Mini-Rooter XP allowing quick adaptation between 3/8" and 1/2" cables without the use of tools. The variable speed aspect of the power cable feed provides the operator more control during the feeding and retraction of the cable making this machine much easier to use than manually fed cable machines.

    The 1/3 HP motor includes a forward-off-reverse switch and a 10 foot power cord with a ground fault circuit interrupter. Additional essential safety features include an air actuated foot pedal, a high impact belt guard, and a pair of leather gloves with reinforced palms for hand protection during the guiding of the cable. The pneumatic air operated foot pedal allows the operator to safely turn electrical power on and off to the motor without any electrical contact occurring between the pedal and the motor.

    The MR-200-2 drum that comes with this machine can hold 75 feet of 3/8" or 1/2" cable. The drum has a free floating inner drum with a self aligning internal distributor tube to help prevent the cable from tangling during use.
    Even though this drain cleaning machine has a power cable feed, it takes less than a minute to remove the power cable feed and the drum so you can easily switch to an optional J-Drum or Dual Drum to handle smaller drain line problems.
    The Mini-Rooter XP is mounted to a steel frame with a built-in roll bar to protect the motor while transporting it up or down stairs. The handle is tall enough to allow comfortable movement of this machine to and from the job and can easily be moved across rough terrain with the 8" semi-pneumatic wheels. The handle folds down to provide a functional dimensional size of 24"D x 18"W x 38"H, to save room on your truck. By locking the handle in place, it can also serve as an extra lifting handle.

    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    P-XP-B Mini-Rooter XP-B includes Power Cable Feed, 1/3 HP motor
    with reverse switch, 8" wheels, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves and the following:
    1 Each MR-200 Drum & MRCS cutter set
    1 Each 3/8" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $938.32
    P-XP-C Mini-Rooter XP-C includes Power Cable Feed, 1/3 HP motor
    with reverse switch, 8" wheels, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves and the following:
    1 Each XP-200 Drum & MRCS cutter set
    1 Each 1/2" x 50' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $964.11
    P-XP-D Mini-Rooter XP-D includes Power Cable Feed, 1/3 HP motor
    with reverse switch, 8" wheels, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves and the following:
    1 Each XP-200 Drum & MRCS cutter set
    1 Each 1/2" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors)
    $1026.30
    P-XP Mini-Rooter XP basic unit with drum only (cable sold separately)
    includes Power cable feed, #MR-200 drum, 1/3 HP motor
    with reverse switch, 8" wheels, 10 ft. power cord w/GFI,
    water-proof air foot switch, leather gloves
    $821.19

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the Mini-Rooter XP ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    XP-200 XP drum only with inner drum and distributor tube
    to prevent cable tangling under load - click here for cables
    $199.87
    MR-250 J-Drum only - holds 1/4" or 5/16" cables - click here for cables $179.22
    J50 J-Drum with 1/4" x 50' cable with basin plug head installed in drum $246.60
    J50A J-Drum with 5/16" x 50' cable with basin plug head installed in drum $251.16
    ↓ Parts for Mini-Rooter XP ↓
    MRCS Mini-Rooter XP cutter set (included with units that come with cable) $30.87
    MR-308-E Power Switch for diaphragm $43.77
    MR-308-G Reverse Switch $32.93

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    Large Drain Rooters
    For 3" to 10" Large Lines and Long Runs
    to more large drain cleaners

    Maxi-Rooter Drain Cleaner
    The Maxi-Rooter combines root cutting power and big capacity in a surprisingly portable machine. With a heavy-duty 3/4 HP motor, over-load protection, and tough frame it can handle the toughest of jobs.
    Maxi-Rooter Drain Cleaner This Drain Cleaner Features:
    • 3/4 HP motor with forward-off-reverse switch
    • 10" semi-pneumatic wheels with roller bearings for rough terrain
    • Convenient truck loading wheel on handle for single person truck bed loading
    • Rear mounted tool box
    • Heavy duty nylon rollers for easy stair climbing
    • Leather gloves included with unit for guiding cable hand protection
    • Pneumatic foot switch with no electrical contact between pedal & motor
    • Power cable feed drives & retracts cable without having to reverse motor rotation
    • Wheel brakes keep machine in place
    • 146 lbs. (without cables)
    • 20 ft. power cord & ground fault circuit interrupter
    • Drum capacity: 125 ft. of 3/4" or 150 ft. of 5/8" cable.
    • Click here to view more information about the Maxi-Rooter
    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    P-MX-A Includes Maxi-Rooter drain cleaner basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (with male & female connectors) and SRCS cutter set
    $2599.55
    P-MX-B Includes Maxi-Rooter drain cleaner basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 5/8" x 100' cable (with male & female connectors) and SRCS cutter set
    $2549.27
    P-MX-D Includes Maxi-Rooter drain cleaner basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (with male & female connectors),
    1 Each 3/4" x 25' cable (with male & female connectors) and SRCS cutter set
    $2698.15
    P-MX-E Includes Maxi-Rooter drain cleaner basic unit and the following:
    1 Each 5/8" x 100' cable (with male & female connectors),
    1 Each 5/8" x 50' cable (with male & female connectors), and SRCS cutter set
    $2667.10
    P-MX Maxi-Rooter drain cleaner basic unit w/ drum only (no cable)
    includes 3/4 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube, water-proof air foot switch,
    20 ft. power cord w/GFI, leather gloves (cables sold separately)
    $2186.73
    PO-MX Maxi-Rooter power cable feed & guide tube $327.15
    SRCS Senior cutter set $124.99
    PO-703 Set of Rollers for Power Cable Feed $57.19

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the Maxi-Rooter ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    Metro-Rooter Drain Cleaner
    The Metro-Rooter is a tough root cutting machine but also lightweight. With a heavy-duty powder coated steel drum you'll have the ability to hold 100 ft. of 9/16" cable (for inside lines), or 75 ft. of 5/8" cable (for roots), or 50 ft. of 3/4" cable for the toughest jobs.
    Metro-Rooter Drain Cleaner This Drain Cleaner Features:
    • 1/3HP motor with forward-off-reverse switch
    • Pneumatic foot switch with no electrical contact between pedal & motor
    • Self aligning Flexitube distributor tube reduces cable tangling
    • Power cable feed drives & retracts cable without having to reverse motor rotation
    • 10" semi-pneumatic wheels with roller bearings for rough terrain
    • Passive wheel brake system holds the machine in place
    • Convenient truck loading wheel on handle for single person truck bed loading
    • Frame mounted cutter holder keeps all your cutters within easy reach
    • Leather gloves included with unit for guiding cable hand protection
    • 20ft. power cord
    • Single bolt drum removal
    • 92 lbs. (without cables)
    • Folding handle reduces storage space
    • Click here for more information regarding the Metro-Rooter Drain Cleaner
    Metro-Rooter Drain Cleaner With Power Cable Feed
    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    P-ME-A-S Metro-Rooter includes: 1/3 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water-proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, leather gloves,
    1 Each 5/8" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors) and SRCS-R cutter set
    $1529.71
    P-ME-B-S Metro-Rooter includes: 1/3 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water-proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, & leather gloves
    1 Each 9/16" x 75' cable (with male & female connectors) and EJCS cutter set
    $1464.19
    P-ME-C-S Metro-Rooter includes: 1/3 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water-proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, & leather gloves
    1 Each 9/16" x 100' cable (with male & female connectors) and EJCS cutter set
    $1516.97
    P-ME-D-S Metro-Rooter includes: 1/3 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water-proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, leather gloves,
    1 Each 3/4" x 50' cable (with male & female connectors) and SRCS-R cutter set
    $1512.42
    PO-ME Metro-Rooter replacement power cable feed & guide tube $327.15
    PO-703 Set of Rollers for Power Cable Feed $57.19
    EJCS Cutter set for 1/2" and 9/16" cables $42.28
    SRCS-R Cutter set for 5/8" & 3/4" cables $84.93

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the Metro-Rooter ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    Speedrooter 92 Drain Cleaner
    Contractors know that the SpeedRooter series drain cleaners really can take a beating, from its frame braced at key stress points, to General Wire's exclusive Flexicore® wire rope center cable.
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    of the SpeedRooter 92
    This Drain Cleaner Features:
    • 1/2 HP motor with forward-off-reverse switch
    • 10" semi-pneumatic wheels with roller bearings for rough terrain
    • Convenient truck loading wheel on handle for single person truck bed loading
    • Rear mounted tool box holds cutters
    • Heavy duty nylon rollers for easy stair climbing
    • Reinforced leather gloves included with unit for guiding cable hand protection
    • Pneumatic foot switch with no electrical contact between pedal & motor
    • Power cable feed drives & retracts cable without having to reverse motor rotation
    • Wheel brakes keep machine in place
    • 115 lbs. (without cables)
    • 20ft power cord & ground fault circuit interrupter
    • Drum capacity: 100 ft. of 3/4" or 5/8" cable
    • 3/4 HP available
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    1/2 HP Speedrooter 92 Drain Cleaners
    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    P-S92-A Speedrooter 92 includes; 1/2 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each 1/2" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in small drum,
    1 Each COCS cutter set
    $2347.80
    P-S92-C Speedrooter 92 includes: 1/2 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube, S92-450
    large drum, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each SRCS cutter set
    $1882.79
    P-S92-E Speedrooter 92 includes: 1/2 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube, S92-450
    large drum, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 5/8" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each SRCS cutter set
    $1819.09
    P-S92 Speedrooter 92 basic unit includes: 1/2 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cable w/GFI, 1 pair leather gloves
    S92-450 large drum (no cable, no cutters) (cables sold separately)
    $1496.04
    SRCS Senior cutter set $124.99
    COCS Combination cutter set $156.99
    PO-703 Set of Rollers for Power Cable Feed $57.19

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    3/4 HP Speedrooter 92 Drain Cleaners
    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    P-S92-A Speedrooter 92 includes; 3/4 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube,
    water proof air foot switch, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each 1/2" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in small drum,
    1 Each COCS cutter set
    $2409.65
    PS92-C Speedrooter 92 includes: 3/4 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube, S92-450
    large drum, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 3/4" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each SRCS cutter set
    $1894.05
    PS92-E Speedrooter 92 includes: 3/4 HP motor, power cable feed, guide tube, S92-450
    large drum, 20 ft. power cord w/GFI, water-proof air foot switch, 1 pair leather gloves
    1 Each 5/8" x 100' cable (male & female connectors) installed in large drum,
    1 Each SRCS cutter set
    $1824.04
    SRCS Senior cutter set $124.99
    COCS Combination cutter set $156.99
    PO-703 Set of Rollers for Power Cable Feed $57.19

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    Root 66 Drain Cleaner
    The Root 66 has tremendous amounts of versatility and power. You can drive 5/8" cables & 7/8" cables in lines up to 4" in diameter and no adapter is needed to switch between the two. The 1/2 HP motor means you'll be able to clear tough clogs easily and quickly.
    Root 66 Drain Cleaner The Root 66 "Basic Unit" includes a 1/2 HP motor with forward-off-reverse switch, a 10 ft. power cord with a GFI (ground fault circuit interrupter), a rear guide hose, and a pair of leather gloves for hand protection when guiding the cable into drains.

    An optional drum can be purchased to convert this machine for use on smaller drain stoppages as well. The drum can hold 25 ft. of 5/16" cable for 1-1/2" and 2" lines, or 35 ft. of 3/8" cable for 2" and 3" drain lines. Talk about versatility!

    A fast acting clutch and brake will stop the cable rotation immediately when you lift up on the handle to prevent additional torque buildup. For added strength and safety the frame has been designed with a four point base that helps keep the machine stabilized during operation.
    The Root 66 weighs 42 lbs. (without cable) and an optional dolly is available to purchase that will clamp onto it in seconds, enabling you to move your tools to your drain location quickly and easily. Dual internal drip guards shield and protect the motor and bearings from dirt and moisture and makes for easier machine cleaning once the job has been completed.
    Model# Description Price & Quantity
    RT-66A Root 66 basic unit with six(6) 7-1/2 ft. x 5/8" 7.5R8 cable sections, SCC small cable carrier, & R-8CS cutter set $1516.06
    RT-66C Root 66 basic unit with five(5) 15 ft. x 7/8" 15R10 cable sections, CC large cable carrier, R-10CS cutter set, & tool box $1678.95
    RT-66D Root 66 basic unit with six(6) 7-1/2 ft. x 5/8" 7.5R8 cable sections, SCC small cable carrier, & R-8CS cutter set and with five(5) 15 ft. x 7/8" 15R10 cable sections, CC large cable carrier, R-10CS cutter set, & tool box $1902.91
    RT-66E Same as RT-66D, plus Drum with 25' x 5/16" cable installed $2077.53
    RT-66 Root 66 basic unit $1264.90
    R-8CS RT-66A Cutter Set for 5/8" cables $53.66
    R-10CS RT-66C Cutter Set for 7/8" cables $101.33
    66-35-0 Drum only - holds up to 35' x 3/8" cable (cable sold separately) $146.98
    66-W Dolly (hand truck) for Root 66 $121.39
    SCC Small Cable Carrier for 5/8" Cables $55.50
    CC Large Cable Carrier for 7/8" Cables $57.80
    Please note: the Root 66 ships in 4-5 cartons and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    RodRunner Drain Cleaner
    The RodRunner offers tons of great features: it's lightweight, has a high speed cable rotation, and short, quick to couple, cables. A heavy-duty 3/4 HP motor rotates the cable at 485 RPM providing plenty of power to push 1-1/4" cable through the toughest stoppages in 3" thru 10" lines. and up to 200 feet away. This is all made possible by the use of two v-belts attached side by side from the motor to the drive assembly creating maximum power transmission. An optional 1 HP motor is available that is able to rotate and push the cable up to 300 feet away.
    RodRunner Drain Cleaner For normal up-close operation the RodRunner is set close to the drain opening, the wheel brake is set, the rear cable guide hose is attached. and the power switch is placed on the ground next to the machine as a foot pedal switch to turn on an off the machine. If you are lucky enough to have 10 to 15 feet of clear working area around the drain opening then you could stand behind the machine "lawn-mower" fashion, to keep the cable tight as it is rotated at high speed into the line.

    The power switch is an air activated pneumatic switch to make sure no electrical connection occurs between the motor and the switch for operational safety. For additional safety, the 20 ft. power cord includes a ground fault circuit interrupter.

    The pneumatic power switch is mounted to the handle for storage and for those times when walk-in operation is possible but can be removed to be used as a foot switch to keep your hands free to guide the cable when used in those tighter, up-close situations. The rear cable hose guide restricts the cable from being whipped around behind the machine during operation.
    This RodRunner drain cleaning machine can be purchased with one of three possible cable connectors; "G" connectors for General® cables, "L" connectors to match Electric Eel®-type cables, and "R" connectors to match Ridgid®-type cables. An optional set of jaws #R-R10AD can be purchased so this RodRunner can use 7/8" (15R10) cables to clear smaller, 2" to 4" lines.

    An adjustable spring loaded safety clutch, designed to protect your cables from breakage, is mounted at the rear of the cable drive and easily accessed if needed. The safety clutch is factory set at 18-20 ft. pounds (20 pounds per foot) for added safety. Two 10" rear wheels and one 5" front caster wheel are attached to the frame of this machine for easy mobility and a folding handle provides a lower profile reducing storage space requirements in your service truck or van. The RodRunner weighs 90 lbs. (without cable.)

    Model# Description -    w/ 3/4 HP Motor Price & Quantity
    RD-GP Complete with ten 1-1/4" x 10' - 1/2" #10GP Proflex section
    with "G" connectors and cutter set
    $2630.81
    RD-LP Complete with ten 1-1/4" x 10' - 1/2" #10GP Proflex section
    with "L" connectors and cutter set
    $2592.59
    RDCS-G RodRunner cutter set with "G" connectors $141.05
    RDCS-L RodRunner cutter set with "L" connectors $157.11
    RDCS-R RodRunner cutter set with "R" connectors $161.66
    R-R10AD Optional: Set of Jaws - adapter for use with 7/8" (15R10 cable sections) $69.75

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the RodRunner ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    Gasoline-Powered Model "E" RodRunner Drain Cleaner
    Gas Powered Model E RodRunner Drain Cleaner Features:
    • Ideal for cleaning long runs up to 500 ft. down the line
    • Can be coupled to either 10 ft. sectional cables to clear up to 14" lines or 5/16" municipal rods to clear lines up to 24" in diameter
    • "Hot-shift" transmission lets you switch from forward to reverse without the need for a clutch
    • Powerful 5hp motor with an easily accessible throttle control on the handle
    • 3/4" lubricated drive chain
    • Safety slip clutch
    • Easily accessible throttle controls located on handle
    • Forward & reverse hot switch transmission
    • 10" pneumatic tires
    • Includes tool box and leather gloves
    Model # Description Price & Quantity
    RD-E-M-A Complete with 39" municipal rods & cutter set $5134.22
    RD-E-SG-B Complete with cable feeding tool
    twenty 1-1/4" x 10' - 1/2" #10GP Proflex sections, and cutter set
    $4785.69
    RD-E-SL-C Complete with cable feeding tool
    twenty 1-1/4" x 10' - 1/2" #10LP Proflex sections, and cutter set
    $4533.31
    MCS Municipal rod cutter set $892.26
    EGCS Cutter set with "G" connectors $150.69
    ELCS Cutter set with "L" connectors $164.48

    Due to weight and to ensure safe delivery, the RodRunner ships by truck and has a $175 additional shipping fee.
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    JM-1450 Electric Jet Drain Cleaner
    General Wire #JM-1450
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    These electric jets feature:
    • Includes 1-1/2 HP motor with GFI (115 volt/13 amp)
    • 1500 psi/1.7 gpm triplex pump with Vibra-Pulse®
    • 150 ft. capacity hose reel
    • 2 semi-pneumatic tires
    • Pressure gauge and rubber gloves
    Model # Description Price & Quantity
    JM-1450 Basic Electric Jet Unit - jet hoses sold separately $1575.38
    JM-1450-A Basic Electric Jet Unit with 150' x 1/4" (150JH1) hose and 30' x 1/8" (30JH00) hoses with 1/8" (JN-0) and 1/4" (JN-10) nozzle sets $2169.40
    JM-1450-C Basic Electric Jet Unit with 150' x 1/4" (150JH1) hose, 75' x 1/8" (75JH00) hoses with 1/8" (JN-0) and 1/4" (JN-10) nozzle sets $2261.33
    JM-1455 Basic Electric Jet Unit - Same as JM-1450 without Hose Reel $1391.56

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    Replacement Cables

    Be sure to get some extra lubricating oil for your cables.

    Replacement Cables   (larger cables below)
    fit General Wire brand products, drum sold separately
    Model # Size Price & Quantity
    With EL Basin Plug Head
    25HE1 1/4" x 25' $35.05
    50HE1 1/4" x 50' $68.09
    25HE1A 5/16" x 25' $43.85
    50HE1A 5/16" x 50' $75.75
    With Down Head
    25HE1-DH 1/4" x 25' $43.60
    50HE1-DH 1/4" x 50' $68.75
    25HE1A-DH 5/16" x 25' $52.35
    50HE1A-DH 5/16" x 50' $82.57
    With Double Down Head
    25HE1-DDH 1/4" x 25' $49.80
    50HE1-DDH 1/4" x 50' $74.95

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    NOTE: Quantity discounts apply when purchasing two or more cables per order.
    Due to the heavy shipping weight of these replacement cables, an additional shipping fee will be applied.
    PLEASE NOTE: Some products have a lead-time to ship of 1-2 weeks.

    Replacement Cables   (smaller cables above)
    fit General Wire brand products, drum sold separately
    Model # Size Price & Quantity
    With Female Connector
    25HE1AC 5/16" x 25' $50.05
    50HE1AC 5/16" x 50' $80.35
    25HE2 3/8" x 25' $64.90
    35HE2 3/8" x 35' $74.87

    With Male & Female Connectors
    25EM2 3/8" x 25' $57.65
    50EM2 3/8" x 50' $99.75
    75EM2 3/8" x 75' $135.73
    100EM2 3/8" x 100' $178.21
     
    25EM3 1/2" x 25' $73.54
    50EM3 1/2" x 50' $129.80
    75EM3 1/2" x 75' $194.39
    100EM3 1/2" x 100' $248.22
     
    25EM4 5/8" x 25' $91.92
    50EM4 5/8" x 50' $156.07
    75EM4 5/8" x 75' $227.10
    100EM4 5/8" x 100' $290.49
     
    25EM5 3/4" x 25' $120.44
    50EM5 3/4" x 50' $203.40
    75EM5 3/4" x 75' $285.15
    100EM5 3/4" x 100' $360.16

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    Due to the heavy shipping weight of these replacement cables, an additional shipping fee will be applied.
    PLEASE NOTE: Some products have a lead-time to ship of 1-2 weeks.




    Replacement Flexichain & Proflex Sectional Cables
    fits General Wire brand products, drum sold separately
    Model # Size Price & Quantity
    With "G" Connectors
    10GF 1-1/4" x 10' Flexichain $70.30
     
    10GP 1-1/4" x 10 ft. Proflex w/1/2" center cable $64.75
    With "L" Connectors
    8LF 1-1/4" x 8' Flexichain $59.85
    10LF 1-1/4" x 10' Flexichain $64.15
     
    6L78 7/8" x 6' - 7/16" Proflex $39.49
    8LP 1-1/4" x 8' - 1/2" Proflex $57.49
    8LPS 1-1/4" x 8' - 1/2" Proflex w/ extra space $55.29
    10LP 1-1/4" x 10' - 1/2" Proflex $58.60
    10LHD 1-1/4" x 10' - 5/8" Proflex $64.95
    With "R" Connectors    (compatible with Ridgid® cables)
    7.5R8 5/8" x 7-1/2 ft. Flexichain - Open-Wound $27.98
    15R10 7/8" x 15 ft. Flexichain - Open-Wound $49.88

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    Due to the heavy shipping weight of these replacement cables, an additional shipping fee will be applied.
    PLEASE NOTE: Some products have a lead-time to ship of 1-2 weeks.




    ClogChopper Multi-function Cutting Tool
    4CG ClogChopper drain cleaning cutting tool
    2CG ClogChopper drain cleaning cutting tool

    Great features of this cutter tool:
    • Maneuverable - the perfectly balanced ClogChopper automatically negotiates multiple, tricky bends while maintaining a central line position and minimizing pipe wall, elbow, connection, and joint damage.
    • Efficient - with its "all surface" cutting edges, the ClogChopper clears clogs and scrapes encrusted debris from inner walls into and out, all in one operation.
    • Economical - durable enough to handle years of demanding use in residential and commercial applications, there is sure to be a ClogChopper for all of your needs.
    • Six inverted cutting edges that run smoothly without rattling or jumping, as well as self-sharpening themselves while working.
    Rip through tough stoppages with the unique ClogChopper multi-function cutting tools. Six self-sharpening blades dig into encrusted debris and root masses, easily grinding up stoppages, scale, and crystallized urine, without risking pipe damage.

    The spherical design maneuvers around tight ends and traps, thoroughly and safely cleaning metal, plastic, and clay pipes. As it spins it also self-sharpens as it scrapes along the pipe walls. It's excellent for clearing stacks, downspouts, mains, as well as preparation cleaning for drain lining jobs.

    Model Description Price & Quantity
    1CG 1" ClogChopper for use with 5/16" and 3/8" cables - approx. 7/8" O.D. $23.20
    1-1/2CG 1-1/2" ClogChopper for use with 3/8" and 1/2" cables - approx. 1-1/8" O.D. $27.50
    2CG 2" ClogChopper for use with 1/2", 5/8", and 3/4" cables - approx. 1-1/2" O.D. $39.76
    2-1/2CG 2-1/2" ClogChopper for use with 5/8" and 3/4" cables - approx. 1-15/16" O.D. $55.05
    3CG 3" ClogChopper for use with 5/8" and 3/4" cables - approx. 2-7/8" O.D. $169.95
    4CG 4" ClogChopper for use with 5/8" and 3/4" cables - approx. 3-1/2" O.D. $225.68

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    Snake Oil
    Snake-Oil is a great product that protects your cables better than common lubricants. Its special rust inhibitor cuts through moisture and replaces it with a rust-resistant coating. In addition, Snake-Oil gives your equipment a fresh, clean smell. Snake oil bottles
    Features:
    • Lubricates cables
    • Lubricates wheels in the power feed
    • Helps prevent cables from rusting
    • Deodorizes cables
    Description Price & Quantity
    Snake Oil - 1 Quart $9.30
    Snake Oil - 12 Quart $104.08
    Snake Oil - 1 Gallon $35.29
    Snake Oil - 4 Gallon $137.40

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    drain maintenance hints



    Caution: If a chemical cleaner has already been applied to your drain, follow the warning label instructions on the chemical cleaner, and always inform the person that is going to work on your stoppage that you have applied those chemicals before they start. Some chemical cleaners (either liquid or dry) can be extremely dangerous.



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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. "What is a sewer snake?"
    A. A sewer snake (not to be confused with a toilet or urinal snake, a jet drain cleaner, or camera inspection system) is a long cable that you can send down a drain to clear away clogs. Several different attachments can be used - depending on the nature of the clog - and they can range from a simple auger to a grease cutting blade, a side cutting blade or even a spear-type blade which is used for going through the middle of the clog. If you intend to buy a motorized snake, you'll have a choice between a hand held model or a "drum auger." The drum auger is actually meant for use by a professional plumber; it's a heavy-duty piece of equipment and is generally more than what is needed by most homeowners. For home use, you can also buy a closet auger which is specifically-designed to clear clogs and obstructions from your toilet's plumbing, and is manually operated.

    Q. "Is the drum on the General mini-rooter made out of plastic or metal?"
    A. It is made out of very durable metal, and is designed to take the rough treatment generally associated with this type of equipment.

    Q. "What causes a clogged sewer line?"
    A. In older construction, there were three basic causes for clogged sewers: excessive mortar left at soil pipe joints, roots from trees and plants, and broken pipes. In both new and old construction, broken pipes allow foreign matter to enter the drainage system which often causes clogging. Clogged sewers in newer construction are often limited to broken pipes and poor design or construction. Using the wrong fittings during construction or allowing too little slope in the drain run can cause the drain to become clogged as well. Many times it is discovered that the clog is the result of human error; small toys flushed down the toilet (the "rubber ducky" clog), foods that have high starch content and turn to something akin to cement (such as rice, potatoes, oatmeal, etc.), and even coffee grounds - which are quite acidic - should not go down the drain as they can speed up corrosion with certain metals.

    Q. "When should you use a sewer snake?"
    A. This will depend on the location of the clog; is the toilet not flushing, or does the general plumbing drain very slowly? Most drain clogs that you'll find throughout the plumbing in your home won't require the use of a sewer snake. Easy clogs can often be cleared away with a plunger, mini snake, or even a bacterial drain cleaner. However, when there's a clog that stubbornly refuses to break loose, a handheld sewer snake is likely your best weapon. In the case of a toilet clog, a closet auger is often your best bet. If the clog is beyond the trap of the fixture, a snake may be needed to clear the obstruction.

    Q. "Can the ClogChoppers be used to remove polyester CIPP liner from the insides of drain pipes?"
    A. The ClogChoppers were designed for clearing the drain to prepare for installation of liners such as CIPP (cured-in-place pipe liner). They have not been tested for cutting out drain liners themselves so the manufacuter does not recommend them as a suitable tool for removing these types of liners.

    Q. "How do these cutter heads attach to the cable, and how do I change them?"
    A.The cutter heads for Flexicor® cables connect using a screw and lock nut. The sectional cables use a unique interlocking system in which the cable and cutter have connecting ends.
    Before attaching any cutter, first unplug the machine.
    - For machines using the Flexcor® cables, first remove the screw and lock washer from the connector at the end of the cable. Slide the cutter in the slot, then replace the lock washer and connecting screw and tighten the screw firmly.
    - For the sectional cables, slide the slot on the cutter over the tab on the female connector until the spring pin pops into place. To remove the cutter, use the RCK-10 for 7/8" sections or the #CW Coupling Wrench for the 1-1/4" sections. Push the key into the hole just below the slot in the female connector, then slide the cable ends apart. Cable sections are coupled and uncoupled the same way.



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