Got Clogs? 15 Must-Have Drain Cleaning Powerhouses

Make your competitors drool, and become a drain cleaning master with these cable machines and jetters.
Got Clogs? 15 Must-Have Drain Cleaning Powerhouses
51T Series trailer jetter from American Jetter

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Cable machines. Portable units. Trailer jetters. All essential tools for any drain cleaning or plumbing pro. Whether your moneymakers are residential or commercial jobs, the best drain cleaning machines will help you clear blocked lines faster — and outshine the competition. 

From mini drain cleaners to full-size jetting powerhouses, the variety of tools available for you to get clogged pipes flowing is extensive. And sorting through all the options can be headache-inducing. We’ve simplified this by picking 15 machines for you to consider adding to your drain cleaning arsenal. 

Make your competitors drool, and become a drain cleaning master with these cable machines and jetters. 

  • The TorqueMasterTM750 mainline drain cleaning machine from Coast Manufacturing has a double-welded, powder-coated tubular steel frame and an easy-start 3/4 hp dual-capacitor motor. The main shaft drive is fabricated from stress-proof steel, with sealed ball bearings on the shaft and drive arm bearings that never need lubrication.
  • The compact, lightweight DM10 drain machine from Duracable Manufacturing is designed to clean lines from 1 to 4 inches. The frame is a double-tube design, which adds stability and allows for the wiring to run inside the frame. It has a 1/3 hp motor that operates at 195 rpm and can efficiently run either 3/8- or 1/2-inch cable.
  • The Model C cable sectional drain cleaner from Electric Eel runs up to 200 feet of 1 1/4-inch self-feeding dual cable in 8- or 10-foot sections that require no handling when rotating. One operator can effectively clean 3- to 10-inch-diameter lines at distances up to 200 feet.
  • The Model GO 68HD heavy-duty electric drain cleaning machine from Gorlitz Sewer & Drain is available in two different versions, either with an open steel reel or enclosed polyethylene drum, and can be outfitted with an optional power feeder.
  • The Junior drain cleaner from Ken-Way Corporation weighs 24 pounds without cable. An optional easy-move cart allows for transport in large buildings. Its small footprint makes for easier access under sinks and in small spaces. 

For those tough blockages that are too much for a cable drain cleaning machine — large, remote lines of grease, sediment, ice and other soft blockages — a water jetter is your best bet. Portable, lightweight jetters let you maneuver into tight spaces and access hard-to-reach lines for the most challenging jobs. 

Cart-mounted? Compact? We highlight them all. These jetters are a must-have for any plumber: 

  • The JM-3080 Jet-Set water jet drain cleaning machine from General Pipe Cleaners can clear grease stoppages, sand, sludge and ice clogs. It generates 3,000 psi at 8 gpm, and Vibra-Pulse on demand helps the hose slide easily down long runs and around tight bends.
  • The MV80 Jet Pro Cart from MyTana Mfg. Company delivers 8 gpm at 3,000 psi and is powered by a 24 hp Honda engine. The redesigned steel cart is more compact and the repositioned controls for the pressure unloader and pulseable valves are easy to use.
  • The Model 727 cart-mounted hybrid hydrojetter from Spartan Tool can be run on either gasoline or propane by flipping a lever. It can be operated indoors and outside, without any loss of pressure or flow. It produces 3,000 psi, providing enough pipe-cleaning pressure to scour any line up to 6 inches in diameter.
  • Roll-cage-protected two-, three- and four-cylinder water-cooled Kubota pressure washers from Water Cannon are available in pressures up to 7,000 psi. They come with a 50-foot hose, wand, trigger gun and QC nozzles, and include forklift channels, a removable roll cage with lifting hooks and an optional wheel kit.
  • The Easement Machine heavy-duty, all-terrain rubber-tracked power carrier from KWMI Manufacturing is used in conjunction with a high-pressure hydraulic sewer cleaner to allow access to easements, ravines, wooded areas, wetland areas, narrow alleys, and behind homes and buildings.
  • The Model KJ-3100 portable water jetter from RIDGID offers 3,000 psi working pressure to handle large commercial and industrial applications. It propels a highly flexible and lightweight hose through 2- to 10-inch lines, providing increased flexibility without reducing any of the strength. 

Need even more power? Trailer jetters are designed to move debris farther — and faster — and clear even the most difficult clogs. Big lines and long runs are no match for these heavy hitters: 

  • The 51T Series trailer jetter from American Jetter offers a wide range of power to 80 hp and flows from 8 to 18 gpm up to 5,000 psi. Power is provided by a 40 hp Kohler gas engine, or 80 hp using a dual-engine option.
  • The Brute-150 trailer jetter from JETTERS NORTHWEST has a flow rate of 9 gpm at 4,000 psi, allowing it to run several tools for cutting roots and grease in pipe up to 6 inches. It has a 150-gallon water tank on a tubular-frame trailer with full-size 15-inch wheels, a V-Twin OHV Engine and super-duty triplex pump.
  • The Model 184 trailer jetter from Mongoose Jetters has a tubular steel frame, corrosion-resistant pre-painted sub assemblies, updated controls, high-quality diesel engine and a Mongoose run/dry pump. It has a 180-degree industrial rotating hose reel that has a locking point every 7.5 degrees.
  • The lightweight, compact Model ET 800 hot-water jetting unit from Woma Corporation is capable of delivering up to 11,600 psi and 5.5 gpm. Hot water often allows the same applications to be accomplished with less energy, and therefore lower pressure/flow, meaning less horsepower and lower costs. 

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