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ID:	746587I just noticed that theres no way to lub this flex shaft with out cutting one of the ends off as they welded the ends on. The bearing end is a mo fo to pull back if you have any kind of offset. Should be rounded and not square edge.... Click image for larger version  Name:	20200923_135510[1].jpg Views:	0 Size:	1.64 MB ID:	746586
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  • #2
    You could try a compressed air line lubricator .




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    One end to your compressor .... the other you would need a hose that would fit over the dry end of the shaft and hose clamp it to the steel threaded casing . fill the cup up with lubricant ( Picote sells it in bottles some kind of water soluble lube ) and blow it through the other end.

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    • All Clear Sewer
      All Clear Sewer commented
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      I dont think you`d want " water soluble lube" or it would wash away all the time.

    • drainman scott
      drainman scott commented
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      Picote sells it comes in what looks like a water bottle ...... I don't know what's in it but it looks clear.

    • drainman scott
      drainman scott commented
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      I was looking at lube for flex shafts not submersed in water .

  • #3
    I`m just not sold on Flex shaft. It was a pain in the A$$ to keep going down off the roof to unwind this mess. it got the job done and was nice to not have to drag the K-60 up there but damn it takes more than 2 M18 batteries to go 100 feet. Click image for larger version

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    • #4
      Mine does the same thing gets tangled up ... No different than running a 100 ' air hose for pneumatic tools .... You could go with a 12 amp hr high output battery .

      I use a Mega Max right angle drill at times to spin snake and go thru a couple 9 amp hr batteries on a typical drain cleaning .

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      • #5
        Originally posted by drainman scott View Post
        Mine does the same thing gets tangled up ... No different than running a 100 ' air hose for pneumatic tools .... You could go with a 12 amp hr high output battery .

        I use a Mega Max right angle drill at times to spin snake and go thru a couple 9 amp hr batteries on a typical drain cleaning .
        I`m gonna try the M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion High Output 12.0Ah Battery Pack as if it dont work I`ll still have it for my M-18 sink machine and my weed eater....lol
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        • #6
          Here's Rensii's catalog and on page 39 they have a listing for a rotor shaft .... what you could do is cut off the crimped section that chucks up in the drill and install a rotor shaft ... This way your able to remove the cable from the jacket to lube the opposite way without having to align the shaft with the offset bearing .

          https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...logue_2019.pdf

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          • #7
            Originally posted by drainman scott View Post
            Here's Rensii's catalog and on page 39 they have a listing for a rotor shaft .... what you could do is cut off the crimped section that chucks up in the drill and install a rotor shaft ... This way your able to remove the cable from the jacket to lube the opposite way without having to align the shaft with the offset bearing .

            https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...logue_2019.pdf
            That would work. I`m about to make a few changes and see if I can make this Rat Wacker work like I think I can.....lol I have welders and chop saws so theres not much I cant build myself
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            • #8
              I can't believe the majority of whackers by now are in house builds. The one shown here looks overbuilt.

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              • #9
                I think it`s time to change the cable covering to something else
                Cant hurt as it dont work the way it is....lol
                https://www.myteeproducts.com/dot-ai...RoCjZMQAvD_BwE
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                • #10
                  So is there much of a difference between using flex shaft and using a drill with sectional cable and a chain knocker? Like if I made a 7/8 drill adapter and used it with c10 cable and ridgid’s chain knocker will it produce the same results as a flex shaft that just so happens to self feed and is in easily managed sections? This stretching and trying to manage 100’ of shaft twisting up everywhere does not look user friendly at all, but the premise machines all seem to be either too short or lack balls. Besides the clog dog and maybe the k9-306
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                  • #11
                    If drill speed is the same I'd think the outcome would be the same as well. I'm to chicken to have 15 foot of exposed cable with a drill...lol
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                    • #12
                      On those longer (50' +) you need to have them in a reel of some sort or chaos will ensure.
                      Also a camera is a must for using the full potential of flex shaft.

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                      • All Clear Sewer
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                        I cant get it to go in far enough to waste time with the camera. it`s way to soft and pushs like a brick..I`m also wondering if I/C drum cable would work better then the flex shaft cable as it`s stiffer This crap is already rusting.

                      • fixitright
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                        What type of outer covering do you have?

                    • #13
                      wow, you have hairy hands.
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                      ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                        I think it`s time to change the cable covering to something else
                        Cant hurt as it dont work the way it is....lol
                        https://www.myteeproducts.com/dot-ai...RoCjZMQAvD_BwE
                        Did this work for you?

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                        • All Clear Sewer
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                          I just took it off the van and use my drill with the C-10 cables. Flex shaft is to weak for what I do. Most main lines here are 100 foot +
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