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    Im cleaning a main drain with my K-380 3/8" 75' foot reel. my drain is plugged at 85'. The city tap is at 115' obviously i can't make it out, what do i do? can i buy a short add on cable and go through? Can the 380 drum hold a 100' cable? I have a 100' sewer tape that wouldn't even budge the blockage so now i'm lost without a solution. Got any suggestions guys

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    Re: K-380/help

    Originally posted by huskershane View Post
    Im cleaning a main drain with my K-380 3/8" 75' foot reel. my drain is plugged at 85'. The city tap is at 115' obviously i can't make it out, what do i do? can i buy a short add on cable and go through? Can the 380 drum hold a 100' cable? I have a 100' sewer tape that wouldn't even budge the blockage so now i'm lost without a solution. Got any suggestions guys


    The K-380 is a poor mans sink machine. Get a real main line machine or hire a professional drain/sewer cleaner.

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    • #3
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      the cable is bolted in the drum and the back of the cable has no end on it, (If I am remembering correctly), I guess one could add on some footage to the front of the cable if one can find the correct connecting cable, as I doubt if the drum can hold 100 foot, I thing it is 75 foot of 3/8" and 50 of 1/2", but with out looking at the book I am not sure, but that is what I remember,

      now here is the problem besides the cable being short, if you can not budge it with a sewer tape, most likely the K380 getting into it will not have desired results, there design for soft blockages, and the K380 is NOT a root machine,

      My suggestion is to either rent a larger machine with a 3/4" cable and proper length, or hire some one who had the correct tools

      I just think you may end up getting your self in trouble, if you get into that blockage with the 380, I only had a 380 at first and got my self in to some near disasters, with it and then I was able to get a K750 and I would not even take the 380, to a main line job, now, I only use 380 for interior drains that my drill based unit will not reach,
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        thanks guys for the input, absolutely no tree roots in the system: paper towels flushed by a kid and tampons flushed behind the towels. I drugged them out the last 4 times. I understand that my machine may be a little under powered but i have done hundreds of main sewers in the last ten years with it with no problems ever. You guys suggest that i buy a machine that will handle it, but my primary employment is plumbing not drain cleaning just like many of you are drain cleaners not plumbers. I refuse to hire a drain cleaner when i can buy a 100' foot machine tomorrow, simple job if I just had the extra length cable. Does the K-400 have a 100' ft capacity?

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        • #5
          Re: K-380/help

          guess nebraska has some short laterals to do hundreds of main lines with just a 75' undersized machine. K400 isn't a mainline machine either.
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #6
            Re: K-380/help

            The drum will hold 100 ft of 3/8 or 75ft 1/2 inch you can put a c-9 cable in front they are 10 ft. They will not go in the machine. You need a larger machine and this and the k400 are not good machines if you use it a lot look at a k-3800 they have a inner drum but they are not large enough either marvin

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