Spotlight: Lightweight drain cleaner offers simplicity, indoor flexibility

Spotlight: Lightweight drain cleaner offers simplicity, indoor flexibility
The Junior drain cleaner from Ken-Way Corp. is ideal for working under sinks and in other small spaces.

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Simplicity, flexibility and quality construction have enabled the Junior drain cleaner from Ken-Way Corp. to stand the test of time. Designed for indoor drain cleaning, the 30-pound Junior (without cable) is 17.5 inches wide, 11 inches long and 17.5 inches tall for access under sinks and other small spaces. 

“Plumbers in the South find the light weight especially helpful where they have to get up on roofs. Everything is a stack coming down from the roof to get to the drainlines,” says Keith Kenyon, president of Ken-Way. 

The drain cleaner accepts three different drums (Little, Regular, Large) capable of using 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8-, 13/32- and 1/2-inch cable for cleaning 1- to 4-inch pipes. The Little drum handles 1/4-inch cable, the Regular drum handles up to 50 feet of 3/8-inch cable and the Large drum handles up to 75 feet of 3/8-inch cable or 50 feet of 1/2-inch cable. 

“The 1/2-inch cable can be used for 3- and 4-inch in-house lines. Like all drain cleaners, it’s not meant as a root cutter for outside,” Kenyon says. “We offer both hollow core and inner core. The inner core allows the cable to torque down. When the cable’s under torque it contracts and gives you a little more power. It’s more resistant to kinking and breaking. If you have a tight corner or a trap, the hollow is a little more flexible. So there’s a tradeoff – flexibility versus strength.” 

The drums are interchangeable and can be switched by removing two wing nuts and sliding the belt off. No motor adjustment is needed. 

“If you have to do a bathtub line or shower line, you drop the smallest drum on there and run 1/4-inch cable,” he says. “You’re able to go through the actual drain. With the 1 1/2- and 2-inch line you’d go in under the sink.” 

The Junior is powered by a 1/4 hp electric motor with ground-fault interrupter cord and air-powered foot switch for safe operation. 

“The basic design hasn’t changed much,” Kenyon says. “It’s been very popular so we kept it simple and as light as possible.”

Options include the Easy Move Cart for extra mobility inside buildings and down stairs. The cart, made of 16-gauge tubular steel, is powder coated for corrosion resistance and easy cleaning. 800/533-0551; www.ken-way.com.



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