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    I was bored to day and found this piece of crap for a deal I could not pass up.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=66506


    Paid about 125.00 with taxes and my 20% off coupon

    I do plan on changing the cable right away

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    Re: giving a HF tool a try

    $260. - 20% = $208

    it's modeled after the general mini rooter.

    1/2'' x 50' cable, but you might squeeze in a 3/8''x 75' cable.

    as long as the cable doesn't jump out of the open drum, or spit slop all over the place. you're fine. but do change to a good quality cable.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: giving a HF tool a try

      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
      $260. - 20% = $208

      it's modeled after the general mini rooter.

      1/2'' x 50' cable, but you might squeeze in a 3/8''x 75' cable.

      as long as the cable doesn't jump out of the open drum, or spit slop all over the place. you're fine. but do change to a good quality cable.

      rick.

      clearance price 142.99* .8=114.39*1.07(sales tax)=122.4
      it was on clearance because the box was crushed. the unit is un scratched.

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      • #4
        Re: giving a HF tool a try

        hahaha insert foot here.
        Buy cheap, buy twice.

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        • #5
          Re: giving a HF tool a try

          I considered this rout when I first started to get some drain equipment, but was able to buy a K380 slightly used for about same money, (in my instance it was from a pawn shop, but have seen similar off of Ebay).

          by the time you replace the cable and bet cutters for the cable, you probably could have bought a name brand unit,

          just did a quick search on Ebay and here is a K 380 "buy it now" for $250 http://cgi.ebay.com/Ridgid-Drain-Cle...d=p3286.c0.m14

          and a number of K 400 as well more money but there Ridgid,
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          • #6
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            I have a firm dislike for harbor freight tools. I have not purchased one in years. They break so easily. A very good friend of mine used to work there and has mostly harbor freight tools. I helped him on a remodel a while back and by day two I had brought all my Ridgid and craftsman tools because his did not have any power or it just couldn't do what my other tools could. They just have cheap tools.

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            • #7
              Re: giving a HF tool a try

              I bought that about 4 years ago went through 2 cables , the first cable on the first small job the tip broke ,the 2nd cable still going ,but i DO NOT USE THIS EVERY DAY I would say i used it 50x and only in my neighborhood all single family house . I also had the cable come out the drum . hope that helps

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              • #8
                Re: giving a HF tool a try

                I once purchased a compound miter saw from them.(When they were a new store in the area...I was about to learn all I needed to know)
                Cutting my first piece of 3/4 molding the plastic guard caught on the blade and blew up in my face.Reinforced why I am firm believer in safety gear.
                No more garbage for me.

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                • #9
                  Re: giving a HF tool a try

                  I got to play with this machine that HF sells. I was pretty impressed and liked it. Still wouldn't drop the $360 they are asking for it though. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=66508


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                  • #10
                    Re: giving a HF tool a try

                    I live by that old saying

                    "You get what you pay for"

                    I know it might have been inexpensive but that machine is a piece of GARBAGE,

                    You should have saved you money........No offense, I just would never buy something like that UNLESS it was like for a back up just in case grandma got a stoppage,

                    Actually I take that back, I would never buy that machine...

                    I mean you already said: I am going to change the cable,............

                    It may look like a "drain machine" but that thing sucks!
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                    • #11
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                      seweRatz: I agree the one you mentioned is pretty impressive. I to won't pay the $ 360.00 they want for it

                      This machine is ment to be a back up machine. I will leave it on site of one of my bigger rental complexes that I have maintenance contracts with. There for If I am there doing something else I have a machine. If it gets stolen I am not out of much. If my electric eel and ridgid break down at the same time ( I hope not) I still will have a small drum machine along with my k 50 and k 39.

                      btw so far I am out of around $ 180.00
                      I can make that up with a couple of quick jobs

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                      • #12
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                        well I got to use the darn thing today. I was impressed. not bad power from the motor. the foot switch is " somewhat comparable " to electric eel. The only thing I did not like was the forward reverse switch. There isn't one
                        It is normal or un bind.

                        Over all I am going to say I kinda of like this machine. It is only a back up. I think for the price some one could not go wrong. Especially if there was a choice of this one and some heavily used stuff of ebay.

                        Ok let the ripping begain

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                        • #13
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                          I use a Ridgid K-3800 and I don't need a back up machine! Thanks!

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                          • #14
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                            I smell like bean with bacon soup.


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                            • #15
                              Re: giving a HF tool a try

                              Jay, your avatar is really distracting. It takes my thoughts away from drain cleaning and plumbing issues...

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