Product Focus: Chemical and Mechanical Root Control

Product Focus: Chemical and Mechanical Root Control

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Duracable DM55

When up against a sewer line that’s been infiltrated by tough tree roots, the DM55 machine from Duracable can be used. With the versatility to clear obstructions from 2- to 10-inch lines, it is suitable for municipal, commercial and residential work. The direct-drive 10-1 gearbox ratio provides all the torque needed to tackle heavy roots. A power cable feed and return on this machine makes it easy to use. It comes standard with 110 to 150 feet of 11/16-inch hollow core cable in a 26-inch reel, but the user can switch to 3/4-inch cable when needed. Duracable’s lineup of tough, heat-treated and coated blades make it ready for any root removal job. 800-247-4081;

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 transport, storage and use in crawl spaces. Its carry handle allows for balance and easy transport. 800-833-1212;

Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL Sewer Sectional Machine

Milwaukee Tool’s M18 FUEL Sewer Sectional Machine with CABLE DRIVE automatic feed and retract has the power to clear tough blockages in 2- to 8-inch sewer lateral lines. The POWERSTATE brushless motor and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence deliver the power to clear roots up to 200 feet out, providing full power at the maximum capacity of the machine. The sewer cable machine features the CABLE DRIVE automatic feed and retract system. This system reduces user fatigue by eliminating the need to manually pull back the heavy cable from the pipes. An enclosed cable carrier ensures the best protection and mess containment during transportation and can be stacked for easier storage. The sewer sectional is compatible with ONE-KEY, so it can be wirelessly tracked, managed and secured. 800-728-3878;

RIDGID K-4310 FXP Drum Machine

The K-4310 FXP Drum Machine is RIDGID’s most powerful drum machine, featuring a cable counter that provides real-time, in-pipe cable distance for faster locating and diagnostics. Ideal for residential and commercial plumbing and drain cleaning projects, its powerful brushless DC motor spins at 230 rpm and provides long-lasting runtime with less required maintenance. Clearing 3- to 10-inch lines, it is powered by the FXP Technology Platform, which provides cordless freedom and powerful performance. The cable distance tracking feature allows professionals to always know where their equipment is located within the line, simplifying cleaning. The enclosed quick-change drum is easily removed, allowing for easier setup and transport, while the rotating inner drum efficiently dispenses cable and reduces the chance of cable flip over. Integrated AUTOFEED Technology advances and retrieves cable up to 28 feet per minute with zero tools. 800-769-7743;


Arthur Products Cnt-r-KUT G2 ELITE max

The Cnt-r-KUT ELITE max kit from Arthur Products is a complete rotating nozzle pipe cleaning system. Manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and an aerospace elastomer, it is designed to clean pipe using a rotating head that can be equipped with linked chain, roller chain, cable or just water jets. Three flexible lightweight centering guides in 3-, 4- and 6-inch diameters can quickly be changed in the field to stabilize and center the rotating head, yielding an excellent 360-degree internal cleaning. An optional deicing/degreasing head further enhances the tool’s capabilities. 800-322-0510;

Hydra-Flex Revolution

Cut, jet and clear pipes with the Revolution from Hydra-Flex. This all-in-one sewer jetting tool is built to cut through tough roots and blockages with its 30-degree rotating front stream. Its eight rear jets have a 10-degree angle that provides intense thrust power to seamlessly glide the nozzle through the pipe while offering a bonus clearing component along the way. The 360-degree rotating center is what sets this nozzle apart from the Reaper line. The center, rotating sub-head contains dual 57-degree rotating jets that work together to completely descale pipe walls. The sub-head maintains a consistent speed throughout its life which means you won’t lose clearing power as the nozzle ages. This tool is made for 6- to 36-inch pipes. 952-808-3640;

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;


General Pipe Cleaners JM-1000 Mini-Jet

The combination of General Pipe Cleaners’ portable JM-1000 Mini-Jet and high-performance stainless steel braid jet hose offers drain cleaning power in a small package. The jetter is available with stainless steel braid hoses with Teflon core in a variety of lengths. The durable hose also works well with the JM-1450 electric jet. It can be used to clear grease, sand and ice from small lines, sinks and laundry drains with high-pressure, wall-to-wall water spray. It packs 1,500 psi of cleaning power in a compact package, yet weighs only 23 pounds. Its rugged diamond-plate metal case safely shields the pump and motor assembly from common job site abuse. The stainless steel braid hose design smoothly slides the jet nozzle down 1 1/2- to 3-inch drainlines and more easily navigates tight bends. The 3/16-inch Teflon core also reduces flow resistance, further improving small-line cleaning power. 800-245-6200;

MyTana MV84 

The MV84 jetter from MyTana efficiently cleans and clears 3- to 10-inch lines. It has a robust 800 cc Honda engine that lets the super-duty triplex pump deliver 8 gpm at 4,000 psi. With a dual-cart design and remote throttle control, it lets you jet indoors or access hard-to-reach cleanouts. The jetter cart houses the engine, super-duty triplex pump and supply buffer tank. A separate hose cart is connected with a 50-foot jumper hose and has ball valve flow control. It comes fully equipped with 250 feet of 3/8-inch jetter hose. Attach a specialty nozzle and take on roots. It is easy to load, maneuver, maintain and use. 800-328-8170;


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;


The RootX formula foams on contact with water, which places the active root-killing ingredient on the top of the pipe where 90% of root growth occurs. Once on the roots and pipe walls it eliminates blockages caused by live roots for up to 12 months requiring annual treatments. The company supports annual treatments by sending reminder letters to the service provider’s customers to contact them for another treatment. 800-844-4974;


SewerProShop Blue Star Raptor and Viper

Blue Star Raptor and Viper chain cutters from SewerProShop 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. Chain root cutters are free from lubrication, low maintenance and have continuously adjustable guide skids for various pipe diameters and different obstructions. 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

Heavy-duty Turbo Chain Cutters 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 turbines 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, according to the maker. This fuel-saving hot water system provides power for grease cutting and deicing, utilizing 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 shut-off 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 STB3012H

The 3,000 psi STB3012H trailer-mounted drain jetter from Cam Spray includes a Honda 800 CC EFI 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. The jetter has a power pulse feature for navigating longer runs and elbows. A DC-powered reel with jet hose has 2-1 clutch for perfect retraction speed and a foot switch for hands-free operation. The industrial coated trailer has 15-inch aluminum wheels, a 5,000-pound axle, electric brakes, 2-inch ball hitch, retractable tongue, rear-mounted lockable tool storage boxes, and a 50-foot washdown hose with pressure wash gun and nozzle. A safety strobe light, tiger tail, bullet and milling nozzle with storage box and tip cleaner, toolbox, safety vest, gloves, backflow preventer and safety glasses are included. 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 gallons. 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 7000 Series Hydro Jetters

Hi-Vac O’Brien 7000 Series Hydro Jetters feature a robust frame and a 190-degree rotating hose reel, ensuring convenient access regardless of the trailer’s parking orientation. The Tier 3 Kohler diesel engine stands out for its quiet operation, enhanced torque and extended lifespan. They include a durable and high-capacity rotomolded polyethylene 700-gallon water tank. With flow rates from 18 to 65 gpm and pressures up to 4,000 psi, these jetters excel in tackling tough lateral lines and culvert cleaning projects. The extended jetting capability on a single tank, powerful engine-pump combinations and resilient construction benefit municipalities, industrial site operators and contractors. 800-752-2400;

HotJet USA turbo diesel trailer jetter

HotJet USA is offering a turbo diesel-powered trailer jetter powered by Yanmar. It features 59 hp of power with true 20 gpm at 4,000 psi output in a compact, affordable package, offering 10% more power than regular 18 gpm units. Yanmar-powered units are Tier 4 compliant, are fuel-efficient and use an XL Radiator. The engines are water cooled for maximum efficiency and are easily maintained by a network of service centers nationwide. The jetters may be mounted on 5-by-12 to 5-by-16-foot decks with a choice of single or tandem axle. They are available in cold or hot/cold operation and will clean drainlines up to 24 inches. 800-624-8186;

Jetters Northwest Eagle-200/4010-DWR

The Eagle-200/4010-DWR midsize 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;

Spartan Tool Warrior

With fiberglass casing to protect and silence the entire machine, Spartan Tool’s Warrior trailer jetter provides 4,000 psi at 18 gpm to clear almost any line, according to the manufacturer. The 180-degree pivoting hose reel and optional four-function remote control allow technicians to handle the tightest spots. With pulsation and a full antifreeze system, it is designed to remove tough clogs in any weather. Its design includes room to customize it with a company logo and colors, and it provides a 300-gallon towing capacity. 800-435-3866;

Super Products SuperJet

The SuperJet truck-mounted jetter from Super Products is used to blast debris to clear blockages and maintain sewer lines when vacuuming extraction is not required. It uses a strong and smooth single-piston water pump to create consistently high water pressure. Units come standard with rotationally molded polyethylene water tanks in a modular design to accommodate water capacities ranging from 1,080 to 3,240 gallons. They offer standard curbside and street-side fill. The hose reel has 1,000 feet of 1-inch-diameter sewer hose, 200-degree rotation and a digital monitor. This allows operators to work efficiently while positioned out of traffic and away from other hazards. The monitor displays a 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;

Trojan Worldwide TWW3000D Diesel Trailer Jet

The TWW3000D Diesel Trailer Jet from Trojan Worldwide comes mounted on a tandem-axle trailer with a steel diamond plate deck and braking system. The power unit consists of a diamond-plate enclosed 60 hp Perkins diesel engine with a PTO-style transmission and an AR water pump pushing 22 gpm at 3,000 psi. The rear of the unit includes a hydraulic hose reel with 500 feet of 3/4-inch hose and includes a speed control for the forward/reverse function.  Water is supplied by a 525-gallon tank that is fed from a 100-foot fill hose or the included hydrant fill application. The open trailer layout makes accessing all of the components easier and less time-consuming. 800-392-4902;

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;

Vactor Ramjet

The newest model Ramjet from Vactor provides greater precision, increased storage options and superior cold weather protection, making jobs safer, easier and more efficient for the operator. IntuiTouch controls provide greater precision and enhanced productivity. Improved water plumbing adds even more storage options. It includes an IntuiTouch control system with one-touch activation, low-maintenance Jet Rodder water pump, Park-N-Clean technology for faster setup at the job site, a Modul-Flex design for maximum capacities and optimum weight distribution, a stainless steel water tank that offers greater strength and corrosion protection, and superior cold weather operation that includes separate storage for wet and dry items. 815-672-3171;


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