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    I manage a small apartment building and am looking for a better tool for clearing sinks and tubs. I bought the auto-spin two years ago, cleared a few drains with it (took a while), but now the cable dosent seem to want to advance more than a few feet. I keep hearing that the k-39 is a better choice, but i'm wondering if i should just move up to a larger machine, like the k-400. who has an opinion to share?

    also, has anyone seen the auto-spin exhibit behavior like above (not advancing the cable so well?)

  • #2
    Re: tub drain clearing

    auto spin was never meant as a commercial unit. either the feed bearings are shot or the cable is a rusty twisted mess.

    remove the cable and see what it looks like.

    the k-39 is a great machine for tub drains. use the standard 5/16'' cable and bulb head auger. remove the overflow trip lever assembly and linkage with plunger. go slow until you're through the trap.

    the 400 is not a practical machine for tubs as it's cable is too big and stiff for a 1.5'' waste and overflow. you'll wipe out your tub and damage your cable.

    phoebe it is


    • #3
      Re: tub drain clearing

      Depends on type of bathtub traps you're dealing with...

      P-traps: 1/4 inch or 5/16 cable machine

      Drum trap: General Kinetic Water Ram

      Either can also be used on lavatories.

      Kitchen sink needs larger cable, no Ram.
      Last edited by HebertDrainCare; 06-14-2009, 10:12 PM.


      • #4
        Re: tub drain clearing

        Your cable is twisted in the drum.The K39af is a perfect choice.


        • #5
          Re: tub drain clearing

          Wait a minute Rick, K-39? Surely there is some reason a K-60 would be better.

          I like a sits-in-the-tub-on-a-towel 1/4" cable machine, like this

          because I like to have both hands free instead of having one occupied holding the machine in the air.
          This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.


          • #6
            Re: tub drain clearing

            I prefer the K-50 with a 5/16" canister.

            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!


            • #7
              Re: tub drain clearing

              I too like the K-50 with the canister drum.
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              • #8
                Re: tub drain clearing

                I like to hire plumbers that have several options and that do this every day for a living. It cost less then having to replace a damaged machine, tub or sink. In the long run a good service agreement with a local plumber should do the trick. Usually if you have one plumber doing your work with a contract some will provide discounts.