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  • #16
    Re: K50?

    Originally posted by saysflushable View Post
    The drum is what I use but the 5 times I've used a k50 I can see some advantages in certain situations. Like stxrus did I measured wrong and didn't go in far enough so I had to run further out the next time. My fault. I think having to hook and unhook less would make it that much better. I'm betting 5/8 open wind spinning 400RPM's would clear most kitchen blockages on the 1st pass. I don't always do that with my drum.

    I'm just thinking it could be easier and faster with the long guide hoses
    Yep, as discussed here many times before, there is a time and place for drums and sectionals. My view - if you have a liftgate (or a painless way to get it off he truck) and access is fast and easy for the drum, then use the drum. Everything else gets the sectional.

    There, it's out... I came out of the closet! Now everyone knows what the drain cleaning apprentice spodelee thinks about the ol' sectional vs. drum debate... ducking for cover now!
    spodelee

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    • #17
      Re: K50?

      Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
      My k-380 is WAYYYYY faster than using a k-50. I did two drains with it today in record time. Gotta love the auto-feed. I just set the drum in front of the sink, step on the foot-switch, and push the auto-feed lever. Go in 50' or whatever is needed, pull the auto-feed lever to "reverse" and step on the foot-switch. Drain is cleared in seconds and there is no mess. Just wheel the K-380 out to the truck...done.
      I have plenty of K-50 experience in the past, and doing kitchen sinks with it is a total nightmare in contrast to the ease of K-380. Don't get me wrong, sectional cables are great at cleaning and they have their place. But in most scenarios I'd rather use a drum with auto-feed and save a ton of time.
      I can see that. today the k50 was no benefit, but if I had to go upstaires the sectional was easy enough to use I would pick that verses a drum. A sectional would be an extra for me just for when it would make life easier

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      • #18
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        Carl is your 380 now the 400?

        Thanks.

        J.C.

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        • #19
          Re: K50?

          Yes and no. My K-380 has the hand-truck with wheels and the auto-feed! The lazy man special! It is no longer available, and the K-400 doesn't have the same features as the model I have.
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          • #20
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            Thanks. I did not know if maybe it was the 3800. Get confused.

            So.... I started a thread asking opinions of both.

            J.C.

            P.S. They might still have AF for the K400. Thought I saw it in the catalog I can't find.

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            • #21
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              K400 is the closest relative to the K-380. If my K380 ever dies, I will likely replace it with the K-400. I didn't really like the K-3800, the one I used at my old shop didn't have an auto-feed and no hand truck. it was heavy and awkward. If the K-3800 was the only kitchen drum available, I would rather just use a K-50.
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              • #22
                Re: K50?

                Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                What kind of drum are you using? Which do you like better, the k-50 or the drum? Just curious.
                I use a Mytana M81 for lavs and mains. I just swap drums of 3/8s or 11/16 cable. It's a huge machine but very narrow so I can get it in most bathrooms without taking doors off. beats keeping 2 drum machines on the van. If I did drain cleaning only it would be no trouble to keep 2 machines at the ready, but you know about space constraints.


                I haven't used the K50 enough to say which I like better. it is light thats nice

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                • #23
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                  I bet you would like this better then the K-50
                  This is my cordless machine


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                  • #24
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                    ACS, does it have a good ball bearing on the drum? Or is it just what I call a grease sleeve?

                    Thanks.

                    J.C.

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                    • #25
                      Re: K50?

                      Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                      I bet you would like this better then the K-50
                      This is my cordless machine
                      I think that is the wip. Now for the big Question If a cordless drill works and a few guys are spinning 1.25'' cable with right angle drills, why do all the machines have such big heavy motors? I think you guys prove smaller lighter motors should work. Maybe

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                      • #26
                        Re: K50?

                        Originally posted by saysflushable View Post
                        I think that is the wip. Now for the big Question If a cordless drill works and a few guys are spinning 1.25'' cable with right angle drills, why do all the machines have such big heavy motors? I think you guys prove smaller lighter motors should work. Maybe


                        Nope! We won't know until rick shows up, gives the final word. Hell we might get 6 more K-60 threads started with him in the picture!


                        We certainly can't have all these drum machines on this site, this is just WRONG. It's 80/20 here and never forget it!!!


                        Quick, somebody nominate another thread!
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                        • #27
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                          Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
                          ACS, does it have a good ball bearing on the drum? Or is it just what I call a grease sleeve?

                          Thanks.

                          J.C.
                          It`s just got a grease sleeve
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                          • #28
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                            Back to the original question-If I need an extention hose, I use a piece of pvc pipe. Don't care to much for plastic dropcloths because the last section can grab the plastic. They do make a longer guide hose for the 5/8 10' cable. I'm fortunante to have the old style hose which is metal lined. Much better than the plain rubber hose of today.

                            Just had a thought-why don't you drum guys put 1 section of sectional cable on your drum cable to act as a flexible leader? You wouldn't have the speed or the lightweight factor involved but you would have the better cleaning action of the sectional cable.
                            Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                            • #29
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                              Originally posted by DUNBAR View Post
                              Nope! We won't know until rick shows up, gives the final word. Hell we might get 6 more K-60 threads started with him in the picture!


                              We certainly can't have all these drum machines on this site, this is just WRONG. It's 80/20 here and never forget it!!!


                              Quick, somebody nominate another thread!
                              still waiting for the very first picture of dunbar.

                              you know they make panoramic cameras now

                              i use the timberwolf that's an 11 amp motor with a clutch spinning at 300 rpms. i doubt there is anything that can out power that drill.

                              even my general 88 has a gearbox direct drive with a 3/4h.p. motor and slip clutch. problem is it's heavy and rolls on the ground. has no way to do overhead work.

                              my 1500 has only been used a few times and it's sitting. sure it's the safest of the sectional big machines, but a timberwolf in the right hands is the trick.


                              then i have a 750 drum that's 12 volts and draws 40 amps. it's a good portable machine, but it's a drum and has the added battery weight.

                              the trick would be a 5.5 honda with gear box, reverse and with a safety clutch. that's something i've put a little thought into.


                              rick.
                              phoebe it is

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