Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 67
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by davekgolf Worth it
I've been using a manual 50' cable type snake for years and it took a toll on my hands when I had to turn it manually and it would always tend to kink as it went beyond 40'. I also have a 40' blade type and although it worked easier than the cable, my clog was just beyond it's reach so I decided to give in and get this guy. I wish I had done it years ago as it got to the clog and the washroom drain was opened in less than 30 minutes! For about what it would cost to call a commercial company to do the job AND I get to keep the machine for the next clog. Plus I got the 10% veterans discount! Just make sure you read the instructions carefully.
August 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DukeBlues It does the job.
I have a repeated clog that occurs about 15 feet from the clean out. I paid 169.00 twice in the past 6 months to clear it. I picked this little gem up this morning. Put the tip on it, plugged it in and in 2 minutes I freed the clog. Do the math. I spent 272.00 with my VA discount, freed the clog and saved, do the math, I save 169.00. So how much did I pay for it now. I am keeping this little thing and happy I got it. I recommend this for small job around the house. I will not cut roots, but clogs, it does the job. By the way, I am a General Contractor and will be able to use this on my jobs. Just remember, don't abuse it, or you will be replacing it.
July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Johvsf Perfect machine for that little job
This is that perfect little machine for those 50 ft and under jobs.
August 23, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by apachec1 snake
It's ok for small jobs bit over priced. Has all the right features forward and reverse. Over all good for the home.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tury cable drum machine
worked good, no problems, good price, easy to carry around
August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DME Read the directions and it works as intended.
As the owner of more then 50 properties I find we always need a machine to save the $350 bill from the drain companies. Make sure you wear leather gloves and googles would be nice. You can adjust the speed while the machine is running which is very helpful not allowing to run to fast or slow. The foot switch works well and the cutting heads do the job intended. Make SURE YOU DO NOT LOOSE THE LOCK WASHER that holds the screw in tight which holds the cutting heads or you will be sorry. I repeat do not run the machine without the lock washer. If you loose it then go buy a new one. The best part is the weight and size which is very easy to handle. You do need to be careful not to kink the cable so TAKE YOUR TIME, and if it starts to kink then back it off and start again. Kinking the cable is telling you that you are working the machine to hard. I hear that a 1/2' cable will work and will try and find one for the future. Great machine that saves time and money.
July 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CB Worked as advertised, easy to use.
I have to thank Roto Rooter for calling and missing their scheduled appt. We had them at the house one other time and as I watched the technician using a similar auger (obviously a more expensive version but same concept) it did not seem too complicated but was hesitant to try it myself. Because they could not make it this time I did some research on this tool and decided to give it a try. Within an hour of getting home from Home Depot my drain was running like new. Easy to use, and the cable and attachmeets seem to be durable and very high quality. Not sure how long attached drill will last but for home use that won't occur all that often this is worth the money. It will more than pay for itself in less than 2 visits from a plumbing service.
June 24, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldDIY Worked well, needs more info regarding the heads
I used it to clear a 2" drain from a kitchen and laundry room and it turned out to need the full 50' to reach the clog. The machine doesn't weigh a lot, and it's easy to set up. I was a little skeptical about the pneumatic switch, but it worked fine and turned out to be very convenient. I was kneeling next to a wall clean-out and used my knee to actuate the switch which was easy and comfortable. I was also concerned that the 5/16" cable might be a bit light for a power auger, but it was fine. I don't know why some people have kinking problems unless they're running the thing too fast. Otherwise, if the cable is more than a few feet into the drain I think there's enough warning to just stop the motor.
What could stand some improvement is the drill motor. I found it to have adequate power, but at the lowest setting of the speed control it won't start rotating the drum. I had to increase the speed setting to get it to start and when it would start reliably it was turning just about as fast as I'd want to run it. The instructions could use some work, specifically about the heads. Which head for what use? Are there any limitation on the size of pipe? Specifically, will the side cutter head be able to pass through a 90 degree elbow of, say, the 2" pipe I was clearing? I would've liked to use it to scrape the walls of the pipe, but the drain runs under the slab and jamming a cutter in the drain would be a very expensive disaster so I didn't use it. BTW, the demo video is good, but again, some info about the heads would be very helpful. And for other users, this unit is made by Cobra (Lowe's sells the same machine at the same price under the Cobra brand). I point that out only because the Cobra website has a bit more information and also has replacement parts available. Finally, it'd be nice if a larger diameter spring head were available. For a hair clog, the spring heads work best but if the pipe is 2" or larger the head that's included is a bit small. All in all a good machine and I think the power is a good match for the cable size. Incidentally, the manufacturer clearly states that this machine is not suitable for cutting roots. It might work for roots if they aren't too large, but I'd suggest if roots are your problem, either rent or buy a larger machine. All in all, I'm happy with it and it's WAY easier to use than the smaller hand-crank type augers.
July 24, 2016