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    Hello

    I have been reading this forum for a couple of weeks and finally thought it

    was time to join in.

    I am a plumber from the UK who moved to Perth, W Australia in 2005.

    I have not been involved in too much drain clearing in the past but have

    now feel it is an opportunity to expand my business .

    The advice and tips on here have got me thinking that this could be a

    profitable career here in Perth.

    I hope I can learn from you guys and hope I can give a little back with

    my 22 yrs UK and 2 (!) years Australian experience....

    Regards

    Bill

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome! 24 years plumbing and no drain-cleaning! Why the change now? Just curious.
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    • #3
      Re: Hello

      Thanks mate,

      UK mainly Central heating, bathroom and kitchen installation.

      Drain clearing usually done by specialised companies.

      Now I'm here in Oz I have decided to focus on maintenance which

      involves more blockage clearing.

      I have just ordered a k-50-4 from USA which is nearly $1300 cheaper

      than if I bought it from OZ! (including the $300 shipping!!)

      Bill

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      • #4
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        ga day mate

        before you do something stupid and buy a drum machine

        do your homework and get a k-60

        welcome to the forum

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
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          bill the k-50 is a very good machine

          there are a few choices with heavier cables available for 5/8''.

          but the k-60 will do 4'' and (6'' with upgraded cable) with roots.

          it will also run the 5/8'' k-50 cable. the only thing it wont do is the k-50 drum adapters.

          is it too late?
          is this just a start off machine?
          will you be doing outside drains with roots?

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: Hello

            Thanks Rick,

            From what I have read you LOVE drums...

            I can't comment as yet.

            I am allowed to import up to $1000 AU before I am charged duty and

            silly costs. The K-50 comes in just under and saves me a packet as

            I posted before.

            I am intersted in the drain/ waste clearing as have never really tried it before.

            There appears to be lack of dedicated 'drain clearing' firms in my area

            so maybe there is a niche?

            I know back in the UK it was big business, some sewers being over 100 years old and many over 30ft deep

            Bill

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            • #7
              Re: Hello

              Originally posted by BillyW View Post
              Thanks Rick,

              From what I have read you LOVE drums...

              Bill
              http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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              • #8
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                I think this will be a start off machine. This costs me the same as a K-39

                would in OZ. I gather the K-50 won't do roots on a 4" main?

                I'll be honest I wouldn't know how a 5/8 handled from a 5/16.

                I don't know what cutters, augers or bulbs are best...

                Is a drum worth getting for the k-50? I have moved to the most remote

                capital city in the world and they don't have the tools here

                It is a great place but I wish I had the choice of tools you guys have!

                Thanks for the welcome guys

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                  Sorry old chap

                  Sarcasm

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hello

                    Originally posted by BillyW View Post
                    I think this will be a start off machine. This costs me the same as a K-39

                    would in OZ. I gather the K-50 won't do roots on a 4" main? there is a heavier cable c-9 that will do 4'' and small roots. still the machine is only 1/6 horse power

                    I'll be honest I wouldn't know how a 5/8 handled from a 5/16.

                    I don't know what cutters, augers or bulbs are best...

                    i prefer the straight auger t-201, the bulb t-202, and the 4 balde cutter
                    t-213, 214, 215. the drop head t-217 when required , but use it with care as it can get damaged easier.

                    Is a drum worth getting for the k-50?

                    i have a couple, but i prefer the k-39 over the drum adapters.


                    i have moved to the most remote

                    capital city in the world and they don't have the tools here

                    It is a great place but I wish I had the choice of tools you guys have!

                    Thanks for the welcome guys
                    read, ask, and try.

                    you'll be 1 of us in no time

                    rick.
                    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 06-26-2008, 09:49 AM. Reason: spelling
                    phoebe it is

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hello

                      Thanks Rick

                      I am looking forward to receiving the machine and trying it out.

                      You and the rest of the forum's advice is greatly appreciated.

                      I guess I will have to get a feeling of using a section machine on smaller

                      lines first.

                      Off to bed now

                      Thanks again

                      Bill

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hello

                        Welcome to the forum, couple of suggestions; read this entire section on draincleaning and you'll learn alot. Buy the book "the professional drain cleaner and sewer handbook". The only place I've seen the book sold is on the Spartan website. Watch the training videos on the ridgid and general site but take their instructions with a grain of salt. Their videos aren't realistic but gives you a basic understanding of the machines use. To learn about the k50, watch the k60 training video. It's a different machine but the basic operation is the same.

                        Ben
                        Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hello

                          Hey Billy

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                          • #14
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                            hay bill welcome
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                            • #15
                              Re: Hello

                              Thanks for the tips and advice fellas (and warm welcome!)

                              I am reading all I can before my machine gets here.

                              I will have a go on my own house to get a feel of the machine

                              before taking it on the road.

                              Bill

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