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  • Who has a little electric Jetter?

    I am considering buying a small electric jetter for doing 1 1/2" to 2" lines residential, mostly for steel lines that are rusting and or just so filled with grease that the snake just doesn't do a good job now that I am actually using a camera to see my results. My gas unit is just to big to setup for these little kitchen drains. Amps are a concern to me in the 100 year old houses I do so I would like a recomendation on a unit that actually draws the amps it says it does. Bryce
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    Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

    Originally posted by Cuda View Post
    I am considering buying a small electric jetter for doing 1 1/2" to 2" lines residential, mostly for steel lines that are rusting and or just so filled with grease that the snake just doesn't do a good job now that I am actually using a camera to see my results. My gas unit is just to big to setup for these little kitchen drains. Amps are a concern to me in the 100 year old houses I do so I would like a recomendation on a unit that actually draws the amps it says it does. Bryce

    If amps is a concern for you, trying looking up a micro hose kit for your gas jetter. They are usually 7f5ft long. What type of gas jetter do you have?
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    • #3
      Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

      My gas is a 4000lb pw at 5 gallons a minute, but it is big to carry around in my van and then set up outside as maybe I will be in an apartment building. I have 10 gauge extension chords that I use with my jackhammer to keep amp draw down. I want the electric because of size and sometimes I don't know if I will even be doing a jetting job or not.
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      • #4
        Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

        Gotcha. Actually Ridgids KJ-1350 might be good for you if your going to be going inside and doing those units. Its 14amps and a 1.4GPM, not to big, has the wheels so you can bring up stairs and into apts if need be. I only used at demos, but i liked it.
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        • #5
          Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

          since amps are a concern, i would stick with 1.5 h.p.

          my 2h.p is 1500 psi @2.1 gpm. does a great job on kitchens and laundry lines. but it will trip a 20 amp breaker with continuous use.

          a small jetter is very limited. i would think about a 6.5 hp gas that is 2500psi and 3 gpm. this is still light weight and can easily be loaded on and off without any help.

          remember gpm is better than psi for the most part.

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

            I use one daily. I do more lines with this machine than with any other tool I have. It's my tool of choice for 1 1/2" and 2" in pvc, abs, cast iron NH, or copper. I find it difficult to get past more than one or two bends in galvanized because of the threaded connections, and use a snake there. Also I snake tubs as the cable is better for hair. I also use it in frozen lines up to 4" in situations where I cannot spill water to pop an initial hole so I can then use the bigger machine without flooding; I can cut a small hole through the ice with this quicker using less water. I've posted here before about this setup, but to my knowledge no-one has believed me enough to try it out. I do lots of work in condos and the idea of what I'd have to do to jet with a gas machine on the 6th floor makes me shudder. Happy to give you details if you want...
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            • #7
              Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

              i use a small jetter daily also...it pulls 1.5 amps and is 2000p.s.i. but it is not a Ridgid...contact me privately for the brand...it does a great job on lines up to 2 inches AFTER cabeling the line with my Spartan 100 which actually UNSTOPS the line. every now and then it may trip a breaker which makes me mad, but i gusee thats all you can do.

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              • #8
                Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                Hey lonestar..wassup?
                Give it a try, especially on sinks, w/o the cable first. There is no need for the cable, it's just extra time, extra mess, and another thing to lug in and back out. Get a bucket and put it under the roughin to catch the water spilling back. I carry chunks of 1 1/2 and 1 1/4 trap arms with the 90 cut off for when the roughin is too close to the wall to get the bucket under nicely. I use a 3 gal bucket that is the dia of a 5 gal but shorter; usually just right to fit in the cabinet door and under the roughin. I have a smaller shorter one for tight spots. When the bucket starts to get full, just shut off your jetter, leave your hose in the line, go dump the bucket in a toilet, then pick up where you left off. It rarley takes me more than one bucket to pop a clog, after which I can make a few passes with the nozzle to clean the line well without filling my bucket up any more.

                It took $103 to fill up the van today... and the pickup's empty too. Spent over $1000 on gas in Jan, first month I've broke $1000 for gas. I'm gonna have to raise prices or something.
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                • #9
                  Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                  I have a $10 - $20 fuel charge right now. But if gas goes below $1. then I will discontinue it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                    Well I bought the Ridgids KJ-1750 unit for my little apartment jobs kinda strange it comes with 1/2 hose as the main hose and a 1/8 50' sink line also. I think I am going to think it is slow compared to my gas unit because of the gpm but I needed a little mini unit for these apartments.
                    Bryce
                    Last edited by Cuda; 02-21-2008, 03:50 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                      So Far I don't like it. Very weak even though I can crank the psi to 2000. I have ordered some other tips and will see if it gets any better. I just think I expected slow not worthless.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                        Originally posted by Cuda View Post
                        So Far I don't like it. Very weak even though I can crank the psi to 2000. I have ordered some other tips and will see if it gets any better. I just think I expected slow not worthless.
                        That was my experience also. Not enough power. Completely different than a diesal-powered 4000 PSI unit!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                          Mine does 2gpm, usually around 1300 psi. I typically use it for sinks and floor drains, wash machine lines; 2" and smaller, runs generally under 30'. I get through the typical sink clog in under 3 gal, which is under 2 min of run time. A 3 bucket (~8 gal, 10 min) job is a toughy. If your results are significantly different, you need different hose and or nozzles, or some time to develop your technique with a new machine. I use the 1/8" hose Harben sells as 'micro mini' and think it the best. If you are using this in 3 or 4 inch lines, I'm not surprized you are underwhelmed.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                            Originally posted by Cuda View Post
                            So Far I don't like it. Very weak even though I can crank the psi to 2000. I have ordered some other tips and will see if it gets any better. I just think I expected slow not worthless.
                            cuda, sorry to hear that, but don't say i didn't warn you.

                            gpm is very important. psi is not as critical.

                            the best specs. i can come up with is 2 h.p 1500 psi/ 2.1gpm. this is my unit and it will draw a good 17+ amps.

                            i have 2 of these and 1 of them has an auto off feature that will stop the motor when i release the foot pedal.

                            still not a bad set up for 2'' and smaller pipe.

                            rick.
                            phoebe it is

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                            • #15
                              Re: Who has a little electric Jetter?

                              Yea Rick I know it was ringing in my head what you wrote as I was beginning to not like the machine. I took it to a job today, 1 1/2 galv line in an apt. Tried to do what Ace Sewer said use the jetter with a bucket with no snaking, but hit a few big bends with the 1/4" line and it would not feed out anymore. So I tried my k39af with 35 feet but it didn't get it to far out of a clog. Then I hit it with my k3800 and at about 50ft I hit the clog. Now I am going to buy a selection of nozzles that are 5 gallon a minute that fit 1/4 hose and just start using my gas powered machine.
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