Focus: Drain Cleaning – Cable Machines

Focus: Drain Cleaning – Cable Machines
The TorqueMasterTM750 mainline drain cleaning machine from Coast Manufacturing.

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Cable machines are tried-and-true, go-to tools for drain cleaning professionals. Whether you’re cleaning sink drains or lateral lines, the right machine will help you clear clogs and restore flow to even the most stubborn pipes. Consider adding one of the following cable machines to your arsenal.

Coast Manufacturing TorqueMaster TM750
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 don’t need lubrication. It has a straightforward pulley drive system, 10-inch-diameter solid polyurethane tires, extra-wide rear handle for stability in the upright position, and quick and easy one-man reel changeover. 800/541-7015; www.coastmanufacturing.com.

Duracable Manufacturing DM138
The DM138 drain cleaning machine from Duracable Manufacturing Company cleans lines from 1 1/4 to 3 inches in diameter. It has a continuously welded frame, heavy-duty front bearing mount and self-aligning head bearing to ensure proper reel placement, quick reel change and extend the lifespan of the machine. Designed for residential sinks, shower and bathtub drains, it has a heavy-duty, 20-amp switch and revolving arm. Powered by a 1/4 hp motor that operates at 230 rpm, the machine weighs 22.5 pounds with a 7.75-pound 14-inch polyethylene reel that won’t rust or dent, and is easily drained. 877/244-0556; www.duracable.com.

Electric Eel Model D-5
The Model D-5 continuous cable drum machine from Electric Eel can be used to clean 3- to 10-inch lines up to 100 feet long. The high-density polyethylene drum and belt guard will not rust or dent, and holds up to 100 feet of 3/4-inch Tri-Max cable. Three sealed heavy-duty ball bearings support the drum and thick-wall guide tube for extended wear. It is powered by a heavy-duty 1/2 hp capacitor-type motor to provide more torque. It has large 10-inch solid wheels for easy maneuvering and stabilization while in operation, extra strength 1 1/4-inch steel tubing framework, five position height adjustments on handle, a wheel brake, continuous belt skids and a loading wheel built into the handle, GFCI on 20-foot line cord and air-operated foot switch for easy operation. 800/833-1212; www.electriceel.com.

General Pipe Cleaners Power-Vee
The Power-Vee drain cleaner with automatic feed from General Pipe Cleaners has a simplified feeding system, as squeezing the lever feeds cable at a rate of up to 16 feet per minute. It is effective on sinks, tubs, toilets and laundry drains ranging from 1 1/4 to 3 inches at a distance of up to 50 feet. The automatic feed can quickly adjust to take any cable from 1/4- to 3/8-inch without requiring the use of tools or additional parts. An optional ergonomically balanced Handy-Stand turns it into a countertop or floor machine. It has quick-change cable cartridges, and Dyna-Thrust bearing system that reduces bearing wear. Flexicore cables are made of heavy gauge wire that is coiled tightly around heat-treated 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope. 800/245-6200; www.drainbrain.com.

Gorlitz Model GO 68HD
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. It comes with a standard configuration of 150 feet of 11/16-inch hollow-core cable. The overall weight is 185 pounds, and adding a loading ramp and electric winch to any vehicle makes transportation efficient. It is designed to clean pipes from 3 to 8 inches in diameter. 562/944-3060; www.gorlitz.com.

Ken-Way Junior
The Junior drain cleaner from Ken-Way Corporation weighs only 24 pounds without cable. An optional Easy Move Cart allows for easy transport in large buildings. Its small footprint makes for easy access to small spaces and sink areas. It accepts three different drums allowing use of 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8-, 13/32- and 1/2-inch cable for cleaning pipes from 1 to 4 inches in house drain and process lines. The drums are interchangeable and can be switched in seconds by removing two wing nuts and sliding the belt off. No adjustment of the machine or motor is needed. It is powered by a 1/4 hp motor equipped with ground fault interrupter cord and air-powered foot switch. 800/533-0551; www.ken-way.com.

Logiball Lateral Cleaning Launcher
The Lateral Cleaning Launcher from Logiball is pulled in tandem with a multiconductor camera, positioned at the service connection where the guiding arm is rotated with tractor controls. The jet operator turns the pump on and the 1/2- or 3/8-inch hose and nozzle are launched into the lateral from the main, cleaning grease, roots and buildups at distances from 5 to as far as 70 feet into the lateral. Units are available for 6- to 18-inch mainlines. 800/246-5988; www.logiball.com.



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