Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 35
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bitterman BrassCraft BC260 Light Duty
I'm a home repair specialist and on occasion I moonlight as a home emergency responder. Where my clients used to pay outrageous rates for a plumbing company to come out to clean out their clogs and trouble shoot their plumbing, they call me.
As another review stated, this snake is light duty and will perform well for most clogs locally found in your system. If you are going to venture into clearing a main ... well, this tool is not designed to deal with it or heavy root problem. Stay away or work slow and patiently if, there's no other choice. Don't destroy your investment or frustrate yourself by using this unit irresponsibly.
As for the good stuff, if you're a homeowner, you're going to love this toy. It has a good design, its light in weight, it comes with all the tips you will ever need and will last you, if you take care of it.
As always, if you run into something you're not sure about, call in support.
March 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JoeM I am very pleased with this
This product only weighs 27 pounds, but feels and works like is much more durable than that. I bought this because it was getting way to hard to get the heavy ones I've always rented up on my roof where I have to use it. I decided to buy one that was light enough I could get it up there, but was sceptical about it getting the job done. I carried it up the ladder with no problem and it worked great. I was thrilled. I had the drain flowing again, but decided I'd change the head and clean it out better. I ran it down about 20 feet and it was working fine until I got careless and tried to pull out to much cable at a time and let the cable kink. I didn't stop it quick enough and the cable snapped. I was still exited about how well it worked, but knowing it was my mistake I figure I'd need to buy a new cable. I looked at the warranty info and knew the machine was under warranty but did not see anything about the cable. I thought it was worth a try so I called the manufacturer and told them I'd just bought it and the first time I used it the cable got kinked and broke. They asked when and where I bought it, got my name and address and said they would send me a new cable. That was it. They made it so simple that I was sceptical I was ever going to see a new cable. I thought I'd give it a couple weeks and then call again and check on the status. Two weeks would be tomorrow so I called this morning and they gave me ups tracking # and said it was on truck for delivery today. I just received the cable and was so happy I decided to write a review because I was pleased with the machine and the service. My only warning is don't keep running it if the cable kinks it will snap.
November 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SlyDog Cleaned my drain, sturdy tool.
I failed to reach a clog in my kitchen drain with a 25 foot hand snake. The last time I called a plumber for drain cleaning, the charge was $129.50. I'm a DIY person as much as possible, so I needed a different solution. This is one of the few options to reach 50 feet, so, though rather expensive, I went for it. I was surprised at how heavy this tool is. The frame is sturdy metal; the drum is heavy duty plastic, the cable is certainly beefier than the hand snake. The drill motor looks like, well, a drill, but one with more torque than your typical drill/driver. The cutting attachments fit securely and shouldn't accidentally come off as long as the lock washer was used when it was attached. I fed the cable down the drain via an access point and seemed to encounter two separate clogs. Judicious use of the motor at those points allowed me to bore through the stoppage. Success! This is not the professional heavy-weight drain cleaner, but it's a big step up from a hand snake. It's half paid for now, and the next tough clog I clear will also clear the books. If I'd bought this 6 months ago, it would be paid for by now. Don't abuse it and it will last many years. It would be a much better value if it was $50 to $75 cheaper.
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Danny Great Investment!
I was very skeptical about this purchase and had mowed it over for a couple weeks, I was worried about getting what I hoped for which was a sturdy work horse for the smaller drains, I was very surprised by how well this piece of equipment worked, it came completely assembled and the directions for using it was very straight forward. It saved me a lot of work in a short period of time. I thought I was going to be cutting out and replacing my 11/2 drain lines.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by keneke007 Great buy for light home use!
The machine worked just fine for my bathroom and even turned a corner in an 1 1/4" pipe tee with the spiral wire attachment. Instead of going from the roof vent, I opted to go through the sink drain and it worked fine that way. Saved me the trouble and slight danger of getting that unit on the roof, although the unit it isn't heavy at all. I use to use the hand operated snake and I can say the drum machine saved me a lot of extra effort. Also saved a lot of perspiration and a few words of frustration too! The air operated foot pedal thing didn't work for me, but I still love this unit and will investigate why the pedal doesn't work as it should. I think it is an air leak in the line somewhere since the pedal is pneumatic instead of hard wired, for safety's sake. If you ever called a plumber and spent over $280 just for the visit, then this unit will pay for itself the first time.
December 9, 2013