High-torque cleaning

High-torque cleaning

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When you employ technology originally developed for the U.S. Army to clean tank barrels, power isn’t a problem. So when customers asked GI Industries for a pipe cleaning machine powerful enough to descale sewer pipes, the company quickly met the challenge.

The result was the TCM 6000 Warlock heavy-duty bore cleaning machine. Powered by an upgraded 1 hp motor, the pipe cleaner/drain cleaning unit utilizes a high-speed variable belt-driven motor that spins the brush (at various speeds) from 0 to 1,200 rpm and maintains constant speed.

“Customers love the technology behind these units, but the sewer guys were calling and asking for more power,” says Brian Good, GI Industries general manager. “It’s all about getting more aggressive with your pipe cleaning. With its upgraded motor and lower revolutions per minute output, the TCM 6000 doubles the torque power of our previous units.”

The TCM 6000 features a sturdy, powder-coated steel cabinet and is designed with a soft-start circuit that reduces operator fatigue and machine wear, providing more controlled cleaning of all bores and tubes from one-half to 24 inches. Removing deposits comes easy with the unit’s air/water flushing at the brush. Users can select the neutral setting to only flush with compressed air or water.

“Besides descaling, the unit can be operated as a heavy-duty drain and pipe cleaner in both municipal and industrial settings. Designed for heavy-duty maintenance work, the system was also designed to operate chains from its competitors, including Picote Solutions, Renessi and more.

“This machine has high torque with a constant speed,” Good says. “Because there is no loss of torque, it can be easily adapted to the grinding chains of your choosing.”

According to Good, the research and development phase for the TCM 6000 was relatively short — roughly six months in total. The key was finding a way to build a heavier-duty version of their popular military-grade technology.

“Really, it was about listening to what these guys needed, then modifying what we have to serve that purpose,” he says. “Sales have been strong. The fact that companies are buying multiple machines for their techs to use has told us that it’s effective. That’s the feather in our cap.” 800-724-1944; www.giind.com.


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