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Loving the jetter. Period. Another 6 jobs yesterday and today. All customers impressed with the good looking unit and it's power. Roots, grease, everything gives up when I crank up the rpm's. It is a pleasure to own such a well made toy.
Now you can pull up to other guys with big pressure washers at stop lights and say " Hey, Barbie called and said she wants her jetter back " lol
i was going to post the numbers on my jetter, but it would scare everyone into buying one. lets just say i can buy a new one every year if i needed to with the cashflow it generates. and remember i don't jet but about 1 day a week, sometimes 2. but when i do jet i sch. 3-5 jobs at a time.
34 hours of running time for 3 weeks is a lot more than i do. considering most jetting jobs are under 1 hour and even less running time. i would say you're doing a lot of work or keeping your engine turned on a lot.
i have a digital tachometer that allows me to monitor everything from rpms, high rpms, engine run time, job time, maintenance reminders, it's great for dialing in my nozzles based on engine/ pump rpms.
remember that your pump should have the oil changed in the first 50 hours of operation. along with your engine. then you can jump to 250 hour intervals. also don't forget your filters and even your hydraulic reel oil and filter too.
keep on jetting and you'll be ready to sell it in 2 years and buy a fresh one.
That's 34 hours of invoice time. The hour meter is about 30 so far. I charge a 2 hr minimum so some of the job aren't a true reading of run time. Just luck and rain this month. Two customers with multi million dollar homes and storm drains backing up everywhere. Both will get billed about 14 hrs each.
Long story but I will try. Got a camera/jetting call Friday, onsite I see where another plumber had been digging behind a house overlooking a lake. The house sewer line (4" ABS and 6" clay) connected to a county main about 15' underground. The problem was on a very steep hill, large trees, a massive pool and patio all close by and access limited to only a small excavator. The other plumber's drain machine failed to cut the worst root invasion my camera has ever seen, so they started digging with a small excavator. The estimate was $6000 or so the homeowner said. No room for dirt storage and too small of an excavator is a recipe for a wasted day or two. Apparently they had dug from the downhill side of the problem trying to get deep and failed. They had to fill the hole back in get their excavator out so a wasted effort. Their next estimate included removing some of the pool patio and neighbor's fence, 2 excavators and a price of $36,000.
An easy jetting/camera sell for me including I assured them no guaranty on success. Going downstream is a pain but there was no other option, besides the clock is running. It took about 2.5 hours of hammering the roots with a chisel and Warthog, watching the progress with the camera but we got it. I have no idea how a house can be functional with roots that bad, I need to post some pictures. We polished the clay pipe to like new conditions, only the slightest hint of roots showing at the joints. Showing the customer before and after results on a problem this severe will bring them to tears they are so relieved. They paid my 3.5 hour jet and camera invoice happily(and added a $100 bonus). They are scheduled for a camera followup a year from now.
I suspect that the 'other' plumber will be unhappy when he tries to schedule the dig job or invoice for the work that he didn't do. Gotta love the jetter. And the 'cable machine is all you need' plumbers would have waved the white flag on this job.
The worst root jobs are the homes with sewers down the hill. By the time the sewer backs up, the roots 20'-50' lower in elevation have to be massive to hold back the head pressure.
we have a term for this with similar large systems. "The little old lady syndrome" Big house on top the hill and nobody but the little old lady living there now. She never uses enough water to fill the already root filled sewer system.
running a snake, is a recipe for a disaster with long downhill sewers. 2 weeks ago I bailed out a buddy who had his 7/8" cable with 120' of cable get away from him on flat ground just as the sewer opened. By the ttimeit stopped flowing from a10 unit building, the cable was 54' downstream. Needed my camera and 1.25'' retriever to grab the start of the cable. They were relieved to get it out and get it back. line needs to be jetted anyways.