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BrassCraft

Model BC260

Internet #202097513

Store SKU #978042

5/16 in. x 50 ft. Cable Drum Machine

$275.00 /each
  • Accu-balance steel frame construction provides durability
  • Use to clear 3/4 in. - 3 in. line up to 50 ft. deep
  • Compact size and light weight for easy storage and transportation

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Clear sinks, showers and tub drains with the BrassCraft 5/16 in. x 50 ft. Cable Drum Machine. Designed to clear clogs in 3/4 in. - 3 in. diameter pipes up to 50 ft. deep, this versatile tool is powered by a high-torque, variable-speed drill motor and can be operated hands-free, thanks to its convenient pneumatic foot switch.

  • 5/16 in. x 50 ft. Agile Music Cable Wire allows quick and easy maneuvering around tight bends
  • Powered by a high-torque, 4 amp, double-insulated drill motor with variable speed functionality
  • Industrial-grade pneumatic foot switch for easy hands-free operation
  • Rugged 9 in. molded drum housing features a quick drum release
  • Includes a 4-piece cutter set (BC96299)
  • Replacement cable available (BC96106)
  • Made in USA

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Where can I buy a new cable for this unit. 5/16 inch by 50 feet.

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January 21, 2013
BrassCraft series BC260.
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Northidge, CA
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February 17, 2014
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Home Depot has the cable by Rigid. You will need it as the BrassCraft is cheaper quality.
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February 13, 2014
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Home Depot has replacements.
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Anaheim, CA, USA
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April 27, 2013
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The replacement cable is available at Home Depot in store and online. It is Model BC96106
SKU: 207895 Hope this helps!
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April 14, 2013
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Sunnyvale, CA, USA
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March 18, 2013
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Home Depot. here is the link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-5-16-in-x-50-ft-Slotted-End-Replacement-Cable-BC96106/202759341
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January 22, 2013
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BB,
The Home Depot stocks the replacement cable for this Cable Drum Machine. Look for BrassCraft 5/16 in. x 50 ft. Slotted-End Replacement Cable, SKU # 207895 (see attached).
Hope this helps,
BrassCraft
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is thisn machine a self feed or manuel

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June 23, 2016
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Thank you Boss for the question. This cable drum machine has a manual cable feed.
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Anaheim, CA, USA
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May 8, 2016
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This machine has forward and reverse, it also has a foot pad control (I often end up using my knee!) However, you need to use your hands to push the cable in and pull it out.
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May 2, 2016
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Manually. You need to pull out or push the cable in by hand. However, less force would be used if you leave the motor running.
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May 2, 2016
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The unit comes with an industrial-grade pneumatic foot switch for easy hands-free operation.
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roots

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April 24, 2014
Will this survive multiple uses with roots in a main line or would a more powerful machine be needed? I have to clean my lines about twice a year - when I call someone in, its the cost of this item so I figure this may be worth it (or a higher model if necessary)
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Redlands, CA
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July 25, 2016
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This is a medium machine. I used it for a 3-4 inch main, but doubtful intense roots were the cause. I figured that into play before I bought one. But it cleared it fine. However I think when I read reviews it mentioned is is not intended for root action. Also it only uses a drill type motor, and a smaller cable than you will find on bigger, main line machines. Soooo...the size and amount (if any) of Read More
This is a medium machine. I used it for a 3-4 inch main, but doubtful intense roots were the cause. I figured that into play before I bought one. But it cleared it fine. However I think when I read reviews it mentioned is is not intended for root action. Also it only uses a drill type motor, and a smaller cable than you will find on bigger, main line machines. Soooo...the size and amount (if any) of roots are the main factor. Read Less
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I was able to clear small roots, and yes, you have to go slow, back up the line regularly, otherwise it'll just fold on itself (you can hear it: when you pull the line back you hear a sudden spring-like noise, whereas if the line isn't folded you just hear the regular rasping). But I would second that this machine isn't really meant for main drain (that's what I used it on, and the first time around, I Read More
I was able to clear small roots, and yes, you have to go slow, back up the line regularly, otherwise it'll just fold on itself (you can hear it: when you pull the line back you hear a sudden spring-like noise, whereas if the line isn't folded you just hear the regular rasping). But I would second that this machine isn't really meant for main drain (that's what I used it on, and the first time around, I completely folded the line without even noticing, but I tried again, fed the line super slowly, backing up regularly until it felt like I was hitting something, at which point I worked it even slower, and the clog cleared up. Found a bunch of small roots wrapped around the line when I pulled it out). Read Less
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Springfield, Oregon
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September 24, 2014
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I haven't cleared roots, but the manual indicates that it can clear small roots. You would have to go slow, though. But if it was me and I had to clear roots twice a year, I'd go another step up and get the heavy-duty Rigid tool, then you'd really have something.
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Novi, Michigan
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April 25, 2014
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Tuxthepenguin,
Thank you for your question.
This BrassCraft Power Drum Auger is designed to clear up small to medium size household drains like sinks, shower and tub, and it will not be effective on root blockages. For that you will need a machine with a higher HP and a thicker ¾- in. cable.
Please contact our Product Experts toll free at 800-835-2200 with any further questions on drain cleaning.
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Is there an owners manual for this product--The BrassCraft 5/16" x 50' Cable Drum Machine?

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Spokane Valley, WA
July 3, 2013
Also, is there an online demonstration video for this product--maybe on YouTube?
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A copy of the owner's manual can be found online at
http://www.brasscraft.com/PDF/BC260_Operation_Manual.pdf
You will need the Adobe Reader application to read this file.
It is free to download at https://get.adobe.com/reader/
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Yes there is and there is also a video on YouTube of it in use.
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yes
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July 3, 2013
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Jonas,
Thank you for your question. Here's a link to a video that shows how to use this BrassCraft Cable Drum Machine.
If you have any questions, our Product Experts at (800) 835-2200 will be happy to help.
User submitted video
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 66 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 cable drum machine worked good, no problems, good price, easy to carry around August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Worst product Do Not recommend it, does not work its money down the drain. June 8, 2016
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