Contractor Finds Great Value in a Well-Built Water Jetter

With two decades of industry experience, Jim Harper knows what he needs out of a water jetter. The latest machine he’s been impressed by is the Ultimate Urban Warrior, which is compact yet also powerful and versatile.

Contractor Finds Great Value in a Well-Built Water Jetter

Jim Harper

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There’s no such thing as a bad investment in a water jetter.

That’s a conclusion Jim Harper, the owner of Plumbing Systems Inc. in Edwards, Colorado, has reached after more than two decades in the plumbing and drain cleaning business.

Harper is particularly enthusiastic about the Ultimate Urban Warrior, a compact yet powerful and versatile truck-mounted jetter developed by the Netherlands-based company Rioned in a partnership with Spartan Tool. (Both businesses are owned by The Heico Cos., headquartered in Chicago.)

The jetter features a 65 hp diesel engine made by Kubota, a pump made by Giant Pumps (4,100 psi at 21 gpm), two 160-gallon water tanks, remote-controlled operation, and two pivoting and swiveling (270 degrees) hydraulically operated hose reels. It can carry up to 520 feet of 1/2-inch-diameter hose and is skid-mounted inside a Ford Transit van, Harper says.

“It’s a really well-built, well-designed and well-engineered machine,” says Harper, who first saw one at IFAT, an international trade show for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management products held annually in Munich, Germany.

“When you look at it, you just know a lot of thought went into it,” he says. “You get the most amount of options in a machine that doesn’t take up much space.”

The machine weighs 1,600 pounds and measures about 54 inches wide, 55 inches tall and 89 inches long. It costs about $50,000 and is designed to clean lines up to 24 inches in diameter. Plumbing Systems Inc. primarily uses it to clean drainlines in restaurants and hotels, grease traps and other waste lines, storm sewers, sanitary sewer mainlines and sewer laterals.

“It’s an amazing product,” Harper says. “If you have an eye for quality, you can easily see it’s a quality jetter.”

In fact, Harper likes it so much that he’s considering buying an Urban Soldier, an even more compact skid-mounted unit in the Urban jetter series from Rioned/Spartan. It measures about 37 inches wide, 43 inches tall and 43 inches long and features a 24 hp Honda gasoline engine, a pump made by Giant (3,000 psi at 10 gpm), two 105-gallon water tanks, and a hose reel that holds up to 260 feet of 1/2-inch-diameter hose. 

Harper says the company uses jetter nozzles built by ENZ Technik AG, StoneAge Tools (the Warthog model), and Hydra-Flex (the Reaper model).

Read more about Plumbing Systems Inc. in the July 2020 issue of Plumber magazine.


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