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    I was just wondering what you guys have found to be the very best machine for line greater than 4"? I have a K-60 for my truck and a K 1500SP for my second truck. I just purchased a used K-1750 for $1500 on Craig's list. In my experience the K 60 is better at 8" drains than even the K1500sp as the 7/8 cable doesn't get wrapped up as much. What are you thoughts?

  • #2
    Re: Best machine for large drains

    Your running a 7/8" cable in a 8" pipe?
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    • #3
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      I had a case where I had the 1500 but forgot the bigger cutters. I went to a local place and figuring that most of my work is for 3" - 4" clean-outs purchased those size cutters. The 1 1/4 cable wrapped itself up when I hit the clog. I tried a few times with all kinds of 3" and 4" cutters and the same thing happened. Out of desperation, I thought that the smaller cable wouldn't get wrapped around. With some tinkering, I was able to get the clog with the K-60!

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      • #4
        Re: Best machine for large drains

        Trailer jetter with a warthog nozzle for the big lines.

        You might to try the heavier wind or the innercore 1 1/4" cable for the 1500.
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        • #5
          Re: Best machine for large drains

          Yet, the difference in price is only $10,000!!!

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          • #6
            Re: Best machine for large drains

            a 7/8s machine in a a line more that 4" (6" if the gods smile on you) is an invitation for disaster.

            just my humble opinion as your mileage may vary

            steve
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            • #7
              Re: Best machine for large drains

              A Gas eel from Electric eel is a great machine on lines 8in and above. You can run 300ft on that thing and still tear up roots.
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              • #8
                Re: Best machine for large drains

                I have an OLD oster (bought out by ridgid? I think) rodding machine that I use for anything greater than 6" this thing is a monster I agree with destroying roots at 300' out. I hope this thing never goes because if it does I know i cant get parts for it and it is going to be replaced with a k-1500. It runs 1-1/4" cable that i got when i bought the machine 2 years ago for $50 let me just say that thing has already paid for its replacement and then some!

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                • #9
                  Re: Best machine for large drains

                  My K-1500SP is meant for 10" line at 300' as well, and it comes in 15' sections, so it's easier for indoor use. I'm just wondering what everyone else carries. I really like Ridgid's line of stuff. I mean there has only been one or two drains that I have been unable to get with the K-1500sp and in one case it was ice in the line. The other was a double "y" so we needed to call a jetter to shoot backwards to shoot it out. Doesn't the Eel have 50' sections?

                  BTW - the 1500sp comes in a gas version as well.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Best machine for large drains

                    Originally posted by wrench spinner View Post
                    I have an OLD oster (bought out by ridgid? I think) rodding machine that I use for anything greater than 6" this thing is a monster I agree with destroying roots at 300' out. I hope this thing never goes because if it does I know i cant get parts for it and it is going to be replaced with a k-1500. It runs 1-1/4" cable that i got when i bought the machine 2 years ago for $50 let me just say that thing has already paid for its replacement and then some!

                    Is that 1 1/4 solid rod or flex cable?

                    Ridgid has a rodder but it costs a fortune and only runs on gas. They recommend it for 8" - 24" and it's mostly for man-holes.

                    BTW if you are getting a 1500 make sure it's an SP - that one has a full HP. Make sure you're getting C12 cable which is double thickness from the standard C11. I wrapped up a bunch of C11 on a busted pipe. The C12 is really tough.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best machine for large drains

                      it is solid core this unit is electic it is a monster ill have to post some pics next time im over at the shop havent used it since the fall. I mainly use it for pm on a customers area drains

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best machine for large drains

                        the best machine is going to be the one that will properly clean the line.

                        cities typically go manhole to manhole with either a rodder or a jetter.

                        plumbers typically don't have manholes to run from. so a rodder is out of the question for non straight runs.

                        the proper size jetter is the answer. a 1750 electric jetter is fine on 2'' pipe and under.

                        anything 8'' and under can also be done with either a 7500 with 3/4'' cable or 1500 with 1.25'' and full size or expanding cutters.

                        rick.
                        phoebe it is

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