Product Focus: Chemical and Mechanical Root Control

Product Focus: Chemical and Mechanical Root Control

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Cable Machines

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 from Electric Eel is suitable for tougher blockages such as tree roots and for longer runs in main sewer lines. It 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 rpm of a continuous cable machine for maximum cleaning power in 3- to 10-inch-diameter 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, but a 3/4 and 1 hp motor are also available. A custom-designed and manufactured 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 Sewerooter T-4

General Pipe Cleaners’ Sewerooter T-4 midsize drain cleaner packs the punch and portability to unclog 3- to 6-inch lines up to 100 feet long. It carries 100 feet of 9/16-inch Flexicore cable to clear stubborn stoppages in 3- to 4-inch inside lines. Heavy-duty 9/16-inch cable provides more torque than traditional 1/2-inch cables offer, yet it can clean the same size drainlines. Need to clear tree roots and other tough clogs from 3- to 6-inch lines? Simply switch drums to 75 feet of 5/8-inch Flexicore cable. The unit has a variable-speed Power Cable Feed, fold-down handle, stair climbers and truck loading wheel. Its strong, reinforced frame rides smoothly on big 10-inch wheels. Flexicore cable offers kinking resistance and strength with the right amount of flexibility. 800-245-6200;

Gorlitz Sewer & Drain Model GO 68HD

The Model GO 62HD 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. The overall weight of this 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 MX FUEL Sewer Drum Machine 

Milwaukee Tool’s MX FUEL Sewer Drum Machine has POWERTREDZ lift-assist technology, which makes it easier for one person to transport the machine up and down stairs and in and out of service vans. The machine has the power to clear roots 200 feet out while containing the mess with a fully enclosed drum. The POWERSTATE brushless motor provides full power at the maximum capacity of the machine, the REDLINK PLUS intelligence improves control with an integrated drum brake, and the MX FUEL REDLITHIUM battery pack can power through multiple jobs on a single charge, delivering easy setup and transport. 800-729-3878;

MyTana M224 High-Speed Flexible Shaft Cleaner

The M224 High-Speed Flexible Shaft Cleaner from MyTana quickly powers through blockages in 2- to 4-inch lines. It has a robust internal drive so the user can have two-handed control of the cable. They can completely focus on the resistance coming from the blockage, while starting or stopping the machine with the foot pedal. The SmartDrive electronic controller auto-adjusts the torque limit to the obstruction in the line. The flexible shaft cable is 75 feet long and has a slip-joint fitting so it can accept a variety of attachments. Users can quickly change sizes of cutting blades or attach specialized tools like the one-piece chain-knocker sets. A universal whip lets them add a tool of their choice. Transporting the unit is easy thanks to a luggage-style handle that telescopes to 43 inches, easy tilt and wide-stance wheels. The quiet unit is powered by standard household current. 800-328-8170;

RIDGID FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machines

RIDGID FlexShaft Drain Cleaning Machines quickly and efficiently deliver wall-to-wall clean in 1 1/4- 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. Designed with efficiency and cleanliness in mind, the machines 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 customer’s living areas clean, while the rugged design means it can tackle even the toughest jobs. 800-435-3866;

Cutting Nozzles

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, and technicians can expect to achieve maximum cleaning spread in drains and other pipes. 800-322-0510;

Enz USA Cutting Ball

The 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 and CB70 work without impact but are equipped with a plug that can be removed that creates a vibration in the tool when rotating. 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 its spherical shape, it can easily navigate bends without damaging the pipe. The braking system ensures a lower rotation speed. They are leakage-free and can be operated with recycled water. They are particularly suitable for roots in seepage pipes, mineral deposits and lime scale. All nozzles are supplied in a custom case. 877-369-8721;

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 WGR Magnum Root Destroyer

The WGR Magnum Root Destroyer from Warthog Nozzles by StoneAge is optimized to clear roots quickly and efficiently. Its multijet configuration is designed to take out roots at the source, helping eliminate the use of mechanical tools that could damage the pipe. It is compatible with existing WGR nozzles for pipes ranging from 8 to 36 inches. 866-795-1586;


American Jetter 51T Series 4020

The 51T Series 4020 trailer jet from American Jetter offers 40 gpm at 2,200 psi. Consistent power is provided by dual Kohler electronic fuel injection gasoline engines creating 76 hp, saving up to 20% fuel while avoiding problems associated with carburetor engines. Low water shut-off prevents pump damage if the optional 600- to 800-gallon tanks run low. The main reel holds up to 800 feet of 3/4-inch hose, and speed control allows for precise cleaning in both directions. A long-range wireless remote option allows for water ON/OFF, engine shutdown and hose reel control. The heavy-duty square tubing trailer offers standard electric brakes on both axles. 866-944-3569;

Cam Spray CV Series

The CV Series cargo van drain jet from Cam Spray offers diesel-fired hot water for added jetting power. Several models are available up to 4,000 psi and 12 gpm. A triplex plunger pump with power pulse valve provides an extra push when needed. Air purge and recirculation to the tank are provided for freeze protection. It comes with a 5-gallon fuel tank, heavily built, powder-coated frame with full deck, 130-gallon water capacity, 12-volt DC reel with 2-1 clutch drive allowing for free spooling and a powered hose return. It’s controlled by a push-button or foot switch. Accessories include a set of four nozzles, storage box, tip cleaner, tiger tail, safety shield, rubber gloves, high-visibility safety vest, 50-foot washdown hose and trigger gun. 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;

HotJet USA Drain Line Cleaning Business Package

The HotJet USA Drain Line Cleaning Business Package features the HotJet II jetter that offers 10 gpm at 4,000 psi with a 35 hp Vanguard engine (made by Toyota). Including everything needed to clean drains from 2 to 12 inches with hot or cold water, the package comes with a choice of a handheld or roll-around electric jetter, inspection camera and locator. This package also includes safety and operational training at the company’s facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. A cold-water drainline cleaning business package is also available. Customized vacuum/jetter combo units and jetting equipment build-outs for trailers, skids, trucks and van installs are also available. 800-624-8186;

Jetters Northwest Eagle 4020

The 20 gpm, 4,000 psi Eagle 4020 trailer-mounted jetter from Jetters Northwest is ideal for powering root-cutting and grease-cutting nozzles, especially for spot work at locations that require several return visits during the year. Powered by emissions-friendly Kawasaki fuel-injected/liquid-cooled engines, these jetters are built on industrial-duty trailers with brakes for safety and can be towed with a full water tank. Choose between two water tank sizes: two-axle Eagle-600 (600-gallon) or one-axle Eagle-300 (300-gallon). With up to 600 feet of jetter hose, the 12-volt powered hose reel sits on a swiveling base and operates even if the jetter runs out of fuel. The wireless remote offers safe control of jetting on/off, engines on/off, throttle/pressure up/down and reel-wind, plus local/manual controls are mounted on the swiveling hose reel. Twin fender-mounted tool bins allow for significant storage-space and aluminum wheels provide a sharp appearance. Pulsation control helps the jet-nozzle pull through long runs. Four jetting nozzles are provided and several root/grease nozzles are optional. More upgrades and nozzles 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-man 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 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. Additionally, they offer convenient 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 positioning themselves 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;

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;

Mechanical Root Cutters

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 ridged 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 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;

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;

Root Chemicals

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-type 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 Foaming Root Control 40-pound boxes

Foaming Root Control in 40-pound boxes from RootX is designed to foam on contact with water and can be applied using a jetter or by directly pouring from the package into the sewer. With sufficient flow and gravity users can use the direct pour application into the existing flow to carry the root-killing foam down the line, coating the roots. The vacuum method consists of running a jetter nozzle at the downstream manhole to create the vacuum effect at the upstream manhole. Then pour in the RootX at the upstream and just add water to activate the foam. Using a jetter and the FDU 300, the user can efficiently treat longer sewer lines with larger diameters. 800-844-4974; 


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