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  • Oil Snake Cables

    Do you guys oil your cables? If so, what kind do you use?

    I was thinking about trying the kind that deodorizes the cable this time.
    Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

  • #2
    Re: Oil Snake Cables

    My sewer cables no not so much my Smaller 3/8 and 1/4 inch cables I do WD40 works fine
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    • #3
      Re: Oil Snake Cables

      currently using a gallon of ridgids snake oil. seems to work pretty well, thinner than I thought it would be.

      before that, it was wd-40 in the winter, and threading oil in the summer.
      No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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      • #4
        Re: Oil Snake Cables

        Sectionals I spray them down real good with WD 40. When rolling them up I spray the button, once in the cage I spray the whole cable. My drum machines I use used motor oiled once a year on the cables. My sink line machine not so much since it sees greasy lines all the time. But once in a while when it does not get any use for a few weeks I will spray WD 40 in the drum to oil the cables up so it will not throw rust dust around.
        Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
        A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
        Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
        Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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        • #5
          Re: Oil Snake Cables

          drum cables yes.

          hand gun cables i shake out and store outside the machine. so oil is not needed.

          sectional cables i oil/ grease the pin connectors. the open wind and cage design doesn't require any oil.

          rick.
          phoebe it is

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          • #6
            Re: Oil Snake Cables

            WD 40 for me
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            • #7
              Re: Oil Snake Cables

              What ever is handy. I've used trannyfluid before.
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              • #8
                Re: Oil Snake Cables

                you oil ur cables??? just kidding...powersolve the cable as it comeback into machine then wd40...
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                • #9
                  Re: Oil Snake Cables

                  The Ridgid cable lubricant is not available in Canada, but the Ridgid sales representative said vegetable oil is an excellent, inexpensive replacement.

                  I have been following that suggestion for the cables whenever they need it (mostly!). We hang them up in our trailer on a rack so they dry well between uses.

                  Recently we tried graphite on the pins and spring mechanism for the ends, but it hasn't produced the best results to ensure they always operate freely and lock together securely. I'm going to revert to the vegetable oil, WD-40 or try Rick's suggestion of grease.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Oil Snake Cables

                    Originally posted by PTS View Post
                    The Ridgid cable lubricant is not available in Canada, but the Ridgid sales representative said vegetable oil is an excellent, inexpensive replacement.

                    I have been following that suggestion for the cables whenever they need it (mostly!). We hang them up in our trailer on a rack so they dry well between uses.

                    Recently we tried graphite on the pins and spring mechanism for the ends, but it hasn't produced the best results to ensure they always operate freely and lock together securely. I'm going to revert to the vegetable oil, WD-40 or try Rick's suggestion of grease.
                    If you use grease get marine trailer axle grease. I use that type of grease on my auto feed rebuilds and inside my K-50 on the drive gears.
                    Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                    A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                    Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                    Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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