Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 118
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by milehigh It works!
I was skeptical, but I bought anyway. I took it to my worst drain. And it worked as advertised. That 50 year old drain now works again. The rest of the drains in my house beware, you're next.
February 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sentinel Worked Perfectly!
I watched and followed the instructional video on how to use the auger, and had the clog in my shower drain cleared in about ten minutes. I think watching the video is essential to performing the task without difficulties. Before buying this brand, I read negative reviews of all available brands and chose this one since it had the lowest percentage of bad reviews. Other brands had many more negative reviews and were described as having cheap components, especially the locking mechanisms, that didn't work right or just broke. All components including the locking mechanism were sturdy on this one and worked flawlessly for me. I can't stress enough, though, that the video demonstration should be watched and studied carefully for the technique required for use of the product. While using it I got the impression that improper technique could potentially prove very frustrating with this or any other brand.
May 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYSmith Worth the investment
I had a bathtub clog that would not respond to multiple chemical applications. The tip of the auger I had was too big to fit into the drain hole so I decided to buy this one with a smaller tip. I had set aside about 20 minutes to clear the drain. It took about 20 seconds to free the clog with this auger. I went through the overflow drain to get to the pipe. The release on the snake line is much easier to use than the screw on my old auger.
February 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CarambolaCrusher Did the job
Bought this after struggling trying to clear a clogged kitchen sink drain line in a last ditch effort to avoid calling the plumber. I had been using a 20 year old snake that had too many kinks in it to be effective. This item worked great, even at 23 feet it still had enough power to break through the clog. As another reviewer said, it didn't have a great way of indicating that it was at 25 feet so I ended up pulling the snake out of the drum. That being said, I popped the 4 screws off the drum, re-positioned the snake, and wound it back up. If the manufacturer wanted to make it easier, they could put indicators on the snake every 6 inches or 1 foot to indicate how far along you are. Overall I am every happy with this, and would highly suggest you try it before calling the plumber.
August 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by domiam Worthwhile Purchase
I bought this one because I could use a drill motor on it. But it worked so easily by hand that I just used it without the drill. It snaked around several fittings till I had about 12 feet out, and cleared the drain. The whole job took about 5 minutes.
I found the little lever that gripped the cable made the job go easier than one with a screw gripper.
Also, this type is so much easier than the kind with the little offset handle mounted on a bare cable. I threw that one in the garbage.
The instructions are not great, and it's hard to get the label off them. But you can easily find a Youtube video that shows how to do it with a similar product.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Well, it did the job for me...
Well, I was a little skeptical at first, because some reviewers claimed that it would be troublesome on kitchen sinks, but I followed others' instructions and precautions and about seven feet later, it was unclogged. So I'll share the common sense with you:
1. Push it in as far as it freely goes through without using the drill.
2. As soon as you hit an obstruction, *shorten the snake to about 3 inches from the drain and the hit the trigger lightly (while pushing lightly) until you pass that obstruction...
Repeat Step 1 and step 2 until you unclog that drain.
*The reason you shorten the snake to about 3 inches is so that it doesn't bend or wabble and you have a better push (without breaking it).
July 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DKRR Very good drain snake
I was replacing a drum auger exactly like this one, manufactured by Cobra. The line on the Cobra had kinked in several places which made it virtually worthless. This Brass Craft auger has a quick release to feed cable and to hold the cable tight while your turning the drum. These are important points since you will be feeding cable in by hand, then securing the quick release when you hit an obstruction (clog or elbow in plumbing), slowly rotating the drum until your past the resistance then releasing the quick release to feed more cable by hand. Go slow. If your using a drill it's easy to overpower the cable when you hit an obstruction and end up kinking the cable. Once kinked the cable looses much of its rotational strength. I found it unnecessary to use a drill and the "feel" of what the tip was encountering was much better when turning the auger with the crank handle. The cable case is held together with screws so it is secure and could be opened if the cable gets jammed. The quick release holds the cable from spinning in the cable drum well enough that I doubt cable jamming will be a problem. The likelihood of that happening can be greatly reduced by not using a drill to power it. I am very happy with the design and construction of this drain snake and would recommend it to all.
May 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robby Cleared stopped up sink
Auger worked as advertised. I tried it first without the drill attachment, and I was able to unclog my bathroom sink drain in about 10 minutes. very good value. There were no instructions but I was easily able to see how to use it from Youtube
July 24, 2015