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    I THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS WILL END UP, ALAS HERE GOES. i AHVE USED GENERAL DRAIN MACHINES FOR SOME TIME, AND IT SEEMS THAT THE NEWER THE MACHINE THE JUNKIER THEY GET. FOR EXAMPLE, WE JUST BOUGHT A NEW MINI ROOTER XP, LESS THAN ONE MONTH IN WE HAVE BROKE A CABLE(THAT ONE COULD BE MY FAULT),ROLLERS ON SELF FEED WENT TO POT, AND LST NIGHT AFTER HAULING THE DA#N THING UP A LADDER THERE IS A DEAD SHORT IN THE MOTOR WINDING.ANY OF YALL HAVING THIS KIND OF LUCK,AND WHAT ARE YALL RUNNING WITHA 1/2" CABLE. THANKS MEN IN ADVANCE.

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    Re: Sink machines

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      Re: Sink machines

      Sorry to keep beating this drum but Gorlitz machines have been the same high quality since I started using them in 1995.

      Check out what I posted about how my machines survived hurricane Katrina (with pics)
      http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...3&postcount=20

      I use ridgid tools, seesnake , pipe wrenches, wetvacs, threading tools, etc, but I have no experience with ridgid sewer machines to be able to comment.

      Ask Plumber Rick about Ridgid sewer machine quality.

      Lenny

      Pronounced A-Bear Drain Care

      I know, it doesn't make sense.


      http://www.hebertdraincare.com

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      • #4
        Re: Sink machines

        my very first drum machine was a general mini rooter with 3/8'' x 75'. still own it along with a second drum of 1/2'' x 75'.

        it was great for roof jobs as the drum would come apart from the rest and i could lift it to a roof and assemble it myself.

        then i discovered the k-60

        the general has been retired and sits on the shelf ever since

        the general mini is comprable to the ridgid 380/ 400. it's a small size machine good for 1.5'', 2'' and with 1/2'' cable 3'' soft stoppages. not a root machine.

        the k-60 is good for 1.5''- 6'' soft to roots and weighs 1/3 of a general or 400.

        i have more machines retired due to the k-60

        i should call it the undertaker

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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          Re: Sink machines

          The problem I had with general was in the small parts like screws and pins, The head come off my toilette auger and I had to take the stool off to get it out. I put the head back on with a roll pin from the hardware store and it has stayed on ok. The head would always come off on the 5/8" cable in the drum machine and the cable would brake. I switched to the 3/4" and it is ok. That is what separates the good from the bad, the attention paid to the small things.

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