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    I need a small drum or larger handheld power tool, something I can take on roofs for vent pipes. Something that can get me at least 35'

    I've been looking at the Ridgid K-45 and General Handyletric Model CHE-A. It seems all the Ridges have fixed bulb heads with them and the General has a coupler. I think a coupler end is a better option, but I can get a Ridged at a better price.

    Any other options you can think of, or recommendations I would greatly appreciate.

    John

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    Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

    The k45 is a great hand drill, but over 35' gets heavy. For roof vents with 3/8" x35' might come up short. As you don't get the entire length to run. Maybe 30' then break out a drill chuck for the last 5.

    I normally run a k60 or k50 from roof vents. The 5/8" cable can't be beat. And the 7/8" is a root killer.

    Rick.
    phoebe it is

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      Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

      Rick, if I remember right the K-50 is the one that takes the smaller 5/8" cable...does it go to 7/8"? It's still a bit spendy for me right now. I'm wondering if I can do that sectional cable on a drill for the 5/6" and 7/8" I've been reading about on the forum?

      John

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        Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

        Handylectric all the way. I've used both machines, and the k-45 can't get it done in these parts. Actually any "handgun" without a Jacobs type chuck just doesn't do the job here. We have a lot of scaled up gal lines, tight brass and gal tub traps, and old cast iron lines. We also have very little PVC. The chuck on the k-45 doesn't hold the cable tight enough when encountering tight turns and tough rust scale blockages. Neither does the slide chuck on the super vee. I'm using a late model handy lectric now, and its the best and most reliable "handgun" I've ever used. I'd highly recommend it.

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          The c-he has a collet chuck a more comparable unit is a sv that operates like a k-45. The collet chuck does not hold very well and they freeze up often the jacobs chuck is available and it holds much better. The new jackobs chucks are plastic and are not as good as the old steel ones. The steel chucks have not been made for over 25 years, but the is one place that still has hundreds left marvin

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            Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

            Originally posted by rod man View Post
            The c-he has a collet chuck a more comparable unit is a sv that operates like a k-45. The collet chuck does not hold very well and they freeze up often the jacobs chuck is available and it holds much better. The new jackobs chucks are plastic and are not as good as the old steel ones. The steel chucks have not been made for over 25 years, but the is one place that still has hundreds left marvin



            Where might this be ???


            Allan J. Coleman - Selling Ridgid Inspection, Drain Cleaning and Power Tools, Obrien Jetters and StoneAge Sewer nozzles. ?

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              Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

              Originally posted by schulte View Post
              I need a small drum or larger handheld power tool, something I can take on roofs for vent pipes. Something that can get me at least 35'

              I've been looking at the Ridgid K-45 and General Handyletric Model CHE-A. It seems all the Ridges have fixed bulb heads with them and the General has a coupler. I think a coupler end is a better option, but I can get a Ridged at a better price.

              Any other options you can think of, or recommendations I would greatly appreciate.

              John



              What are you doing up on roofs in Minnesota

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                Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                Originally posted by rod man View Post
                The c-he has a collet chuck a more comparable unit is a sv that operates like a k-45. The collet chuck does not hold very well and they freeze up often the jacobs chuck is available and it holds much better. The new jackobs chucks are plastic and are not as good as the old steel ones. The steel chucks have not been made for over 25 years, but the is one place that still has hundreds left marvin
                I have the new style chuck on my handy lectric. It's like a hybrid of a Jacobs chuck and slide chuck. So far no problems at all. It holds really tight and maintenance is a cinch. I've been using it for almost a year now, but I guess I'll have to wait to see how it handles the test of time. I should add that I'm real picky when it comes to chucks so if I'm impressed, that says a lot. Take that for what its worth anyway.......

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                  Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                  Originally posted by AssTyme View Post
                  What are you doing up on roofs in Minnesota
                  Praying I don't slide off. :-) Actually I don't go up in winter...too old. But come spring I'll be up there. Amazing how many leaves get in there around here.

                  John

                  PS. Thanks for all your posts. Evreryone!

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                    Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                    Originally posted by NYC Drain Guy View Post
                    I have the new style chuck on my handy lectric. It's like a hybrid of a Jacobs chuck and slide chuck. So far no problems at all. It holds really tight and maintenance is a cinch. I've been using it for almost a year now, but I guess I'll have to wait to see how it handles the test of time. I should add that I'm real picky when it comes to chucks so if I'm impressed, that says a lot. Take that for what its worth anyway.......
                    Is this the chuck you mean: Amazon.com: General Super Vee C-HE-F C-Handylectric Pipe & sewer drain snake cleaner rooter auger: Home Improvement

                    I also read that this machine can not use the quick cable swapping plastic cartridges. How do you feel about losing that feature? Also, how is it without a autofeed?
                    Last edited by schulte; 01-20-2013, 03:51 PM.

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                      Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                      Originally posted by NYC Drain Guy View Post
                      I have the new style chuck on my handy lectric. It's like a hybrid of a Jacobs chuck and slide chuck. So far no problems at all. It holds really tight and maintenance is a cinch. I've been using it for almost a year now, but I guess I'll have to wait to see how it handles the test of time. I should add that I'm real picky when it comes to chucks so if I'm impressed, that says a lot. Take that for what its worth anyway.......


                      I would like to see Rigdid somehow put a chuck on the K-45AF while keeping the industry leading two way feed.


                      There have been several times when I wished I had a chuck but not enough for me to buy a gun without a feed.

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                        Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                        Originally posted by schulte View Post
                        Is this the chuck you mean: Amazon.com: General Super Vee C-HE-F C-Handylectric Pipe & sewer drain snake cleaner rooter auger: Home Improvement

                        I also read that this machine can not use the quick cable swapping plastic cartridges. How do you feel about losing that feature? Also, how is it without a autofeed?
                        That looks like the one but I can't say for sure without seeing the chuck internally. It works with the plastic cartridge because I have one in mine. I don't use it for the quick change feature, I use it because it reduces splashing. Also I would never use an auto feed on a machine like that, IMO there's no place for it. But to each their own I suppose.

                        By the way, I remove that grip on the outside of the chuck
                        Last edited by NYC Drain Guy; 01-20-2013, 06:41 PM.

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                          Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                          Originally posted by AssTyme View Post
                          I would like to see Rigdid somehow put a chuck on the K-45AF while keeping the industry leading two way feed.


                          There have been several times when I wished I had a chuck but not enough for me to buy a gun without a feed.

                          That would be interesting.

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                            Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                            Originally posted by NYC Drain Guy View Post
                            That looks like the one but I can't say for sure without seeing the chuck internally. It works with the plastic cartridge because I have one in mine. I don't use it for the quick change feature, I use it because it reduces splashing. Also I would never use an auto feed on a machine like that, IMO there's no place for it. But to each their own I suppose.

                            By the way, I remove that grip on the outside of the chuck



                            C'mon man, why you gotta be like that...........................

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                              Re: Ridgid K-45 or General Handyletric CHE

                              Originally posted by AssTyme View Post
                              C'mon man, why you gotta be like that...........................
                              I'm sorry. No offense intended

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