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Duracable DM175

Duracable’s 3/4 hp DM175 comes equipped with a 100-foot-long, 11/16-inch DuraFlex cable and a churn-through-anything heavy mainline blade. It demolishes roots and heavy grease buildup with a 10-1 gearbox ratio at 175 rpm. It includes a power cable feed and return, foot-pedal operation, stair climbers and well-planned transport features. 800-848-3375;

Electric Eel Model C

The Model C dual-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. It spins cable at twice the revolutions per minute of a continuous cable machine for cleaning 3- to 10-inch lines for distances up to 200 feet. One-person operation means less time and labor expense. A heavy-duty, 1/2 hp motor comes standard, and 3/4 and 1 hp motors are also available. A custom-designed gearbox ensures higher quality, lower cost and parts availability. The heavy-duty, fully adjustable safety clutch keeps cable and tool breakage to a minimum and provides overload protection. A fold-down handle allows for easy transportation, storage and use in crawl spaces. Its carry handle allows for balance and easy transport. 800-833-1212;

General Pipe Cleaners Flexi-Rooter 100

The Flexi-Rooter 100 high-speed, flexible-shaft drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners has a shaft that spins more than 10 times faster than cable drum machines to quickly grind up stoppages and scour pipe walls. Its stronger, stiffer shaft is flexible enough to navigate 2-inch pipes, yet strong enough to cut roots in 4-inch drainlines up to 75 feet long. The variable-speed motor easily lets you adjust shaft speed from 0 to 2,200 rpm. Its safe foot pedal control frees both hands to guide the flexible shaft into the line. Operators can simultaneously use it with a sewer camera system to pinpoint pipe troubles and instantly inspect results. Its cleaning array features ClogChopper cutters at the business end combined with carbide chain cutters. The shaft is field-repairable. 800-245-6200;

Gorlitz Sewer & Drain 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 it can be outfitted with an optional power feeder. Standard configuration is 150 feet of 11/16-inch hollow-core cable, which should reach most blockages with a single reel. Overall weight of the machine is 185 pounds. Adding a loading ramp and electric winch to any vehicle makes transportation quick and simple. It is designed to clean pipes from 3 to 8 inches in diameter. 877-446-7548;

Milwaukee Tool M18 Drum Machine

Milwaukee Tool’s M18 Drum Machine for 3/8- to 1/2-inch cable allows professionals to clear drains confidently with instant setup, all-day run-time and easier transportation. It provides the ability to tackle tough clogs such as grease, scale, and buildup. With more power than corded, this drum machine delivers up to 40% more torque at max capacity in 1 1/2- to 4-inch drainlines and can clear up to 100 feet with 3/8-inch cable and up to 75 feet with 1/2-inch cable. Eliminating the hassles and trip hazards of extension cords, users can power their drum machine anywhere with cordless convenience. The user-driven, lightweight design with an enclosed drum provides protection against mess during transportation on and off the job, and an inner drum helps prevent cable bind-ups. It is compatible with Milwaukee’s CABLE DRIVE Assembly, allowing users to automatically feed and retract the cable up to 20 feet per minute. 800-729-3878;

RIDGID FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machine

RIDGID FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machines quickly and efficiently deliver wall-to-wall clean in 1 1/2- to 6-inch residential and commercial pipes up to 125 feet. Lightweight and fully contained machines, they are used in conjunction with a full suite of specialized accessories designed for clearing grease, sludge, small tree roots and soft blockages with less mess and enhanced speed. They utilize various chain knockers that expand to the size of the pipe to quickly clear the entire pipe circumference. The chain knockers are connected to a flexible, nylon-sheathed cable that is housed in a fully enclosed drum. The K9-102 and K9-204 are powered by a cordless drill attached to a driveshaft. The K9-306 is powered by an internal 1.5 hp motor equipped with an I-Clutch for additional cable protection. Nylon and nylon/steel brushes for final pipe cleaning and relining preparation are also available for each machine. They allow for inspection cameras to remain in-pipe throughout the entire drain cleaning process for maximum efficiency. 800-474-3443;

Spartan Tool Model 1065

The Model 1065 is Spartan Tool’s original professional-grade cable machine. It offers a 250-foot range to clean pipe from 3 to 10 inches in diameter. The Dial-A-Cable power feed allows for quick cable changes and feeds cable in and out easily, while the blockage-sensing smart motor senses the need for more power when encountering a difficult blockage. A fully enclosed drum helps keep customers’ living areas clean, and the unit has a rugged design for tough jobs. 800-435-3866;


Arthur Products Cnt-r-KUT G2 EMAX2

The Cnt-r-KUT G2 EMAX2 from Arthur Products is an interchangeable cutter nozzle to clear roots and debris. The centering devices can be modified for custom applications. They help operators tackle tough jobs, including when using drain cleaning nozzles in tight spaces in damaged sewers. Technicians can expect to achieve maximum cleaning spread in drains and other pipes. 800-322-0510;

Enz USA CB Range 

The CB (Cutting Ball) Range from Enz USA is equipped with a carbide root knife or penetrator blade for pipes that are clogged by more than 50%. The CB90, CB70 and CB50 work without impact, but are equipped with a plug that can be removed, creating a vibration in the tool when rotating (except the CB50). The cutters on the side are self-sharpening and maintain their sharpness over their entire service life. The area of application of the cutting ball is diverse. Due to their spherical shape they can easily navigate bends without damaging the pipe. Moreover, the proven braking system ensures a lower rotation speed. The CB90, CB70 and CB50 are leakage-free and can be operated with recycled water. They are particularly suited for roots in seepage pipes, mineral deposits and lime scale. All are supplied in a case. 877-369-8721;

Hydra-Flex Reaper

The Reaper rotating jetting nozzle from Hydra-Flex is engineered for water jetting applications, including pipe cleaning and sewer jetting projects for the residential, municipal, industrial and contractor markets. It cleans drains, industrial pipes, sewers and tubes by clearing blockages, grease and roots with fewer passes, saving time and money while generating less wear and tear on hoses and operators. Its rotating front jet is a 0-degree, straight water stream that blasts at up to 4,000 psi while rotating at an optimal speed to form a 24- or 30-degree cone of coverage. Optimized stream quality results in greater impingement, allowing the use of one tool for various applications, including cutting blockages, cleaning grease and removing roots. Repair kits are available for extended life and lower overall operating costs. 952-808-3640;

MyTana Drain Borer Cutting Ball

The Drain Borer Cutting Ball from MyTana can power through blockages in 3- to 6-inch lines. The rotating, precision-machined teeth on this grinder penetrate and chew through hard blockages like roots and encrusted debris. The shape also navigates bends well and self centralizes. It is available in 1-, 1 1/2-, 2- and 3-inch-diameter sizes. The standard ball fits a cable with a threaded male end; mounting blocks to connect to other style ends are available as well. It is suitable for use with 1/2- to 3/4-inch cable. 800-328-8170;

Envirosight Jetscan 

The Jetscan wireless, HD video nozzle from Envirosight streams video footage straight to a tablet upon removal from a manhole. This footage can be imported wirelessly or via a USB connection. It provides an inexpensive solution to assess pipe condition and cleaning success and to plan future rehab work, eliminating repeated callouts and wasted resources. This video nozzle system includes features for ease-of-use and increased efficiency: tool-free sleds of varying sizes for simple deployment in a variety of lines, wireless charging, and an app-based tablet interface making it easy to view, annotate and upload footage. 866-936-8476;

Root Rat cutting nozzle

Root Rat cutting nozzles are used with jetters from 11 hp to large truck-mounted models. The cutters are made of hardened stainless steel and come with a toolbox with two interchangeable rotors — one with cables and the other with chains. The combination kit includes extra chain, cable and bearings. They need no repair or rebuilding other than bearing replacement, which can be completed in less than two minutes for under $10 in parts. 800-288-7873;

Warthog Nozzles by StoneAge WT-1/2  

The WT-1/2 nozzle from Warthog Nozzles by StoneAge has a 1/2-inch inlet option and an R24 head engineered to increase the flow range up to 21 gpm. This configuration enables maximum use of higher-flow pumps for more powerful cleaning, while maintaining the small form factor of the WT for navigating pipe bends, according to the maker. The high flow capacity paired with the company’s WT 040-R24-C head allows use of full pump power to tackle the toughest jobs and achieve a higher rate of cleaning. The small form factor is optimized for cleaning 3- to 6-inch pipes with elbows. The nozzle’s slow, controlled rotation combined with high flow delivers optimal cleaning power for cutting roots or clearing tough deposits. 866-795-1586;


Lenzyme Trap-Cleer foaming root control

Foaming root control from Lenzyme Trap-Cleer has double the active ingredient dichlobenil of previous solutions, along with a latex base designed to help it stick to roots longer. It is easy to apply and provides a slower foaming action to coat the entire pipeline and eliminate fast-foamover messes. 800-223-3083;

Oatey Hercules R-D Root Destroyer

Hercules R-D Root Destroyer from Oatey is a slow dissolving, nonacidic, noncaustic herbicide formulated to eliminate and prevent root growth in sewer lines. By preventing sump and ejector pump root damage, it eliminates overflow damage, sewage flow restriction and backup odors. It is safe to use in lines leading to septic tanks, cesspools and dry wells, and is harmless to the environment. 800-321-9532;


RootX comes in 2- and 4-pound containers. A 2-pound container is designed to treat 50 feet of 4-inch sewer line and a 4-pound container is designed to treat 100 feet of 4-inch or 75 feet of 6-inch sewer line. With the funnel/applicator it is easy to apply. Simply attach the funnel and cap to the top of the jar, and shake back and forth for approximately a minute. Remove the cap and pour it into the toilet or cleanout and immediately follow it with the appropriate amount of water for the application. Restrict water usage for a minimum of 4 hours. Annual treatments are recommended. Septic tanks can also be treated simply by using 8 pounds per a 1,000-gallon tank. Pump the liquid down just low enough to expose the roots. Apply the RootX to the root-infested area and add water to activate the foam. 800-844-4974;


Sewer Pro Shop Blue Star Raptor and Viper

Blue Star Raptor and Viper chain cutters from Sewer Pro Shop are made of high-grade stainless steel and are furnished with ceramic nozzle inserts. With the Raptor, choose from 4- and 6-inch rigid skids or a 6- to 12-inch flexible guide skid, along with cutting chains and carbide bits to achieve quick solutions. Viper chain cutters are designed to remove heavy obstructions caused not only by roots, but also grease, mineral deposits and other solid organic material. The unit is driven by a high-performance turbine, which doesn’t require any lubrication. Chains spin at speeds of 4,000 to 12,000 rpm. Multiple guide skids available in various sizes provide a service range of 4 to 48 inches. The Viper can be operated with recycled water. 877-864-9394;

Shamrock Nozzles by Triton HydroTools Contractor Duty Root Saw

The Contractor Duty Root Saw from Shamrock Nozzles by Triton HydroTools is an improved version of the classic internally ported, heavy-duty hydraulic power unit. This upgraded version includes ceramic-coated internal wear surfaces. This coating extends the service life of the motor, and helps prevent corrosion that can degrade performance over time. This high-performance unit operates at 2,250 ft-lbs of torque in order to prevent stalling, and provides a blade rotation speed of 300 to 350 rpm for extended tooth life. This is a versatile tool that can be outfitted with circular saw blades, spring blades or cable rooters. It cleans pipes 6 to 18 inches in diameter, and is available for 3/4-, 1- and 1 1/4-inch hose sizes. The motor operates on jetters capable of at least 50 gpm. Kits are available that provide skids and blades that can be changed to operate the root saw in multiple pipe sizes. 800-633-7696;

USB-USA Turbo Chain Cutters

The heavy-duty Turbo Chain Cutter series from USB-USA are tough and powerful. These cutters continuously adjust from 8- to 15-inch (Turbo S200) or 12-to 24- inch (Turbo S600) and easily fit into the pipe. Turbine technology powers the durable chain retainer on a robust body to remove roots, concrete, calcium deposits, hardened grease and tuberculation from sewer lines. They are designed to be very aggressive for the hardest materials. The beefed up, heavy-duty cutters have double the amount of turbine driving water jets as the company’s other cutters, generating tremendous cutting power. Easily adjust the cutter to within 1/16 inch by spinning the rear to make it larger or smaller. Internal 3D fluid mechanics in conjunction with one-piece ceramic nozzle inserts allow the cutter to be used with recycled or clean water. 844-285-5770;


American Jetter 58 Series Inferno Burner Hot Jetter

The 58 Series Inferno Burner Hot Jetter from American Jetter offers up to 67% more efficient heat over traditional burners. This super fuel-saving hot water system packs extra cleaning power for grease cutting and deicing. Consistent power comes from a 38 hp EFI Kohler gasoline engine with flows up to 20 gpm and pressure to 5,000 psi. The rear speed control reel provides precise cleaning speeds and easy access to the jet hose with the included hose guide. Low water shutoff stops the engine if the 220-gallon tank runs low. The optional 1-mile open-range wireless remote option features water ON/OFF, engine shutdown, and hose reel control. The heavy-duty square tubing trailer has a 2-inch ball coupler and standard electric brakes. 866-944-3569;

Cam Spray 3012H Compact Skid Mount Jetter

The 3012H Compact Skid Mount Jetter from Cam Spray is designed to go into a high cube van or pickup bed and take up as little space as possible while still providing 12 gpm at 3,000 psi. Features include a Honda iGX 800 fuel-injected gasoline engine with oil alert and hour meter, powering a gearbox-driven plunger pump with ceramic plungers, stainless steel valves, pressure gauge and 80-mesh water filter. The pump is protected by an unloader valve and secondary pop-off. A power pulse feature is used for navigating longer runs and elbows. The 100-gallon tank includes low water shut-off and a float valve to manage filling the tank. An industrial-coated skid platform and frame offers transferability among vans, trucks and trailers, while mounting flanges and D-rings allow for the machine to be fastened or tied down. The machine measures 52 inches long by 41.5 inches wide by 50 inches tall. 800-648-5011;

GapVax G7 Jetter 

The G7 Jetter from GapVax is built on a heavy-duty, contractor-grade NATM-certified trailer. Several engine choices, including Cummins diesel, are certified and sized appropriately for the water pump combinations. The unit’s hose reel is hydraulically powered with a direct-drive gearbox and variable-speed control. The hose reel offers a 3-foot (curbside) articulation from center of bearing, 180-degree rotation and a capacity of 800 feet of 3/4-inch jetter hose. The polyethylene plastic water tank is available in 300-, 500-, 600- or 700-gallon capacities. The water pump is center-fed for optimum performance. The controller is interlocked with safety features that will show low fuel levels and low water, and is capable of a complete engine shutdown in an emergency. 888-442-7829;

Hi-Vac O’Brien 3500 Series Water Jetter

The O’Brien 3500 Series Water Jetter from Hi-Vac delivers power in a lightweight design for sewer line, basin and culvert cleaning. Ideal for commercial, industrial and residential projects, it provides pressure capabilities up to 4,000 psi and flow ranges from 10 to 40 gpm. The single-axle trailer provides impressive maneuverability for working in areas where space is limited or in residential areas where a smaller footprint is required. A 190-degree, hydraulically driven hose reel allows for easy access to the manhole regardless of the position of the trailer. It features a rugged frame design for heavy-duty applications and a Tier 4 Final, U.S.-made diesel engine for more torque at a lower noise level. A tough polyethylene tank stands up to harsh weather conditions. 800-752-2400;

HotJet USA HotJet II

The HotJet USA HotJet II trailer-mounted jetter is available with hydraulic hose reels and a 37 hp Vanguard fuel-injected engine. Operating with hot or cold water, it runs at 12 gpm at 4,000 psi, cleaning 2- to 12-inch lines, making it an alternative between small-output and larger-output machines. It arrives turnkey with a 330-gallon water tank, detergent tanks and full power-washing capabilities for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing after the job. It includes a hydraulic hose reel, heavy-duty 7,000-pound-rated tandem axle trailer (single axle also available), rear control panel with remote control, two heavy-duty diamond-plate side toolboxes and one front toolbox. 800-624-8186;

Jetters Northwest Eagle-200 4010-DWR

The Eagle-200/4010-DWR mid-size trailer jetter from Jetters Northwest produces 10 gpm, 4,000 psi performance with full wireless remote control or jetting on/off, engine on/throttle/off, and reel-windup functionality. It is an upgraded version of the previous 4009 model, and comes with an enclosed Kawasaki 31 hp fuel-injected/liquid-cooled engine on an industrial-duty trailer with brakes for safety and a beefy A-frame tongue, allowing it to be towed when full of water. Flat-top-fenders allow for additional mounting surface, and standard aluminum wheels give a sharp appearance. It features a super-duty triplex UDOR USA pump, 12-volt powered hose reel with adjustable windup speed, 200-gallon water tank, large 60-inch lockable tool storage bin, 400 feet of jetting hose on the main 12-volt power reel, 100 feet of 3/4-inch water-supply hose on a second reel, adjustable pulsation-control and four jetting nozzles. Specialty root/grease nozzles and other options are available. 877-901-1936;

Mongoose Jetters by Sewer Equipment Model 184

The Mongoose Jetters by Sewer Equipment Model 184 comes with a run-dry pump offering 18 gpm at 4,000 psi, a tubular steel frame, corrosion-resistant prepainted subassemblies, state-of-the-art controls, strong hose reel and high-quality gas engine. It is suitable for drain cleaning and sewer jetting, remote access locations, mainlines up to 12 inches in diameter, and commercial and industrial lines. The trailer unit comes with a water tank capacity of 300 gallons and standard hose reel capacity of 600 feet of 1/2-inch hose. The trailer setup consists of a 6,000-pound-rated single-axle trailer, and the addition of a wireless remote-control system makes this equipment a true one-person operation. It is also available as a van pack or truck-mounted unit. 815-835-5566;

Super Products SuperJet 

The SuperJet truck-mounted jetter from Super Products blasts debris to clear blockages and maintain sewer lines by utilizing a strong and smooth single-piston water pump to create consistent high water pressure. Units have rotationally molded noncrosslinked repairable polyethylene eco-friendly water tanks to accommodate water capacities ranging from 1,080 up to 3,240 gallons. Additionally, they have convenient standard curbside and street-side fill for municipal and residential sewer cleaning. A hose reel comes with 1,000 feet of 1-inch-diameter sewer hose, 200-degree rotation and a digital monitor. This allows operators to work efficiently and safely while positioning themselves out of traffic and other hazards. The monitor displays hose footage count, offers 20 saved settings for hose reel payout and is designed with LED panel lights to enable readability in a variety of environments. 800-837-9711;

Vac-Con VJ Series

The VJ Series of jetters from Vac-Con is designed to provide operators with an economical, portable and powerful system in two configurations. The VJ375 offers a 375-gallon water capacity on a single-axle trailer. The VJ750 boasts 750-gallon water capacity on a tandem-axle trailer. Standard features include Tier 4 diesel engine, cold-weather recirculation and air purge system, hydraulically driven hose reel and a reel-mounted, weatherproof electronic control panel. Units are available in multiple water pump pressure and flow configurations. Optional features include gas engine, wireless remote and an antifreeze tank system for cold-weather use. 904-284-4200;

Vacall AllJet

Vacall’s AllJet truck-mounted jetter is an easy-to-operate, efficient sewer root maintenance machine. The hydraulically powered triplex plunger water pump is capable of 87 gpm at 2,000 psi with other power options available. The hose reel telescopes out 54 inches from a retracted position and swivels 200 degrees to properly direct the 600-foot jetting hose. It uses a single-engine PTO design, and a 1,600-gallon UV-resistant polyethylene water tank. Operator-friendly features include four locking aluminum tool storage cabinets, a rear-view camera, roll-up doors and a washdown system, with options including LED lighting packages, an extendable rear canopy and a heating and insulation package inside the all-aluminum rear compartment. 800-382-8302;


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