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If I had to just buy ONE and only one it would be the K-60 with small and large cable.
But this is not a one machine game.
If just starting out and funds where low then a k-60 followed by a ridgid K-39AF for tubs etc.
Then I would buy a Big drum machine to complete the arsenal.
One machine would severely limit your drain cleaning potential. You could buy a light weight mid size machine and just buy 3 drums with 3 different sizes of cable, but its a pain to constantly change drums back and forth. Also it wouldn't fit in some tight places very well. 3 machines would really be the minimum if you want to be competitive. 1 large mainline machine with 5/8" cable minimum, a mid size with 1/2' cable, and a small machine with 3/8" and 1/4" drums for sinks, tubs, showers,etc. I like Gorlitz and Spartan machines but Ridgid has some good ones the guys here like alot. Good luck.
The Ridgid K-60, Ridgid K-50, General Wire I-95, & Rothenberger 650 sectional machines are the single most versatile machines in the business in my opinion. All can run from small drums for sinks/tubs up to 7/8" open wind cables for larger lines.
Power can vary so check the specs on them. An I-95 can be 1/3hp or 1/2hp depending on how you order it for example. Also, check your area for service. Ridgid will probably be the best as they have large market penetration and "The Forum" members to help. Even better. None seem too complicated to me and alot of mechanically inclined people could probably repair most of them.
I own the I-95 and like it more & more every time I use it. I'm not a full time drain cleaner though. If you want to run with the big guys and/or do it full time then you need many machines in my opinion. I don't own and have never operated the other machines I list so I can't say which is better than the other. May just be a preference.
If you go full time then you'll probably need or want:
Two or more drums.
Drain gun/top snake.
Jetter or two.
But if you're a small % drain cleaner like myself then any of the machines I listed should do fine for you. Good amount of versatility for single machines.
We did what the builder called semi custom. Which were expensive tracts.
2700 sq ft to 3800 sq ft. Remodels and repipes in between starts.
Installations are when someone goes to Lowes or Sears or HD and buy a water heater or toilet or whatever and the can't put it in themselves. They pay me to do it for them.