Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Red Great!
Sink wouldn't drain. Spent more time getting the tool then I did snaking it. Works it's way through with no effort. Recommend working before use just to get a hang of forward and backward.
March 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Caleb Phenomenal Machine
This machine is lightweight and powerful, it is worth the extra money to avoid the headache. The K45AF immediately started producing results and has since paid for itself in the first week of use. This little hand held unit was able to remove grout and mortar that tile setter flushed down drain. The homeowner was very happy and the auto feed feature works great as long as you pay close attention.
November 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PJBeee Works as described. Did the job!
Every project is an excuse to buy a new tool, doncha know. This is a very well made machine. Not cheap but it is very well made, and has a claimed lifetime warranty. Used this for a serious hair clog in a bathtub drain, in an old house. It took a couple of tries, but I did get the hang of it.
I did this: Fed as much snake manually through the overflow opening as I could (took off the plate first of course - the stopper mechanism had been removed years ago). Then, leaving about 3" of snake exposed from the front of the K45, held the hand grip and pushed it away from the drum, pressed the feed lever, and with the drum operating at moderate speed, "jabbed" the machine towards the overflow opening to force the snake around the trap.
A few of these "jab" operations (leaving about 3" of snake between the machine each time and the opening, and jabbing) and the snake then fed easily further down the drain (the operation manual mentions these "jab" motions - I'm reporting here that they are both necessary and fruitful, although hair is nothing like fruit. ha). After feeding about 8-9 feet of snake, I withdrew the snake and pulled out a clump of hair. Needed two more of these operations to clear all the hair (no fault of the K45, it was just a nasty clog in a 2" metal drainpipe!). Now the drain is flowing very nicely.
Comments: It is hard to see that the snake is actually feeding - one wishes that it were somehow marked so that you can see this more easily. Also, the device is hard to balance and is kinda heavy. It would be nice if there were some kind of brace or bracket that you could rest on your knee, or the floor, for instance, so that you don't need to constantly hold up the weight of the machine when feeding snake into a bathtub drain. Ultimately I held the trigger grip with the power cable pointing UP so I could support that end on my knee. Nonetheless, as I said above, this works just fine and is probably the best made device of its type in this price range.
October 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good4U First Use Stellar - Nice for Tight Spaces
I had a very similar experience to one of the reviewers. We have often used a manual snake on bathroom sink and tub lines (usually a two person job), but this time could not reach the obstruction. We're in a 1920s Duplex and water from both floors was backing up into the first floor tub, so I had a pretty good idea of the location of the blockage, but alas ... as is often true with our older houses, both clean out caps on the basement level have rusted shut over the years. I used mechanical advantage with large wrenches, pounding with a hammer (after soaking in liquid wrench), but neither cap would budge. After working on this old house for many years, I've gained the appreciation that the less one stresses almost 100 year old pipes, the better! Sure, there are techniques for cutting out old caps to replace with new ... but one may create a much bigger problem and expense vs. a relatively simple drain clean ... ENTER THE K45. Though one would perhaps not be keen to carefully read the manual prior to the use of what seems to be a pretty "straight forward" tool, I encourage you to do so. By doing so, I feel I gained the necessary user knowledge to allow the K45 to work on the very first pass. That's right. The first use cleared all affected lines, though of course I ran a few more passes for good measure.
I should note that I did take the trap apart to maximize effectiveness and perhaps avoid trap damage, though I believe the K45 can negotiate traps if necessary. I prefer this design over the larger canister style because it truly allows you to get right on top of your access point AND not need a second person to operate or feed. The shaft lever that allows one to advance or retreat while maintaining the forward speed of the drum is just such a smart and effective design.
Of course, I can't speak to longevity. But I will hope for the best. The one significant improvement that could be made (though it didn't decrease my rating) is for the manufacturer to pre mark the cable so you have an indicator that lets you know when you're nearing the end of your reach. I was able to retract the cable before it spooled off the drum "by feel," and will likely spool it out on my driveway before the next use and red ring mark 1 at 5 ft, 2 at 10 ft, 3 at 15 ft, and the more visible 4 cable ring marks at 20 feet (perhaps 5 @ 25), so I have clear confirmation that I'm nearing the end of my reach during use. BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY NICE IF THE CABLE COMES PRE MARKED FROM RIDGID.
I anticipate that this tool will save me a great deal of time in managing this universal maintenance issue. Wish I purchased it earlier ... but very glad that when I did purchase, its design had evolved to what is now represented by the K45.
August 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobbyCa Worth the money
I had a bathtub that was draining extremely slow.... I ran a camera from the toilet line and could see water was just trickling from the tub line to the main due to a clog... I tried using drain cleaners and a cheap hand crank drain auger with a 1/4" line... The drain cleaner didn't work and I couldn't get the drain auger past the tub trap no matter how hard I tried... I called a plumber and after explain the issue he said I was looking at anywhere from $150 to $200... Based on the good reviews, I decided to buy the Ridgid K-45 and see if that would work... I was a bit nervous - thinking I was going to run into the same problem not getting past the trap again and end up stuck with this $345 machine (no returns allowed)... I ran the K-45 through the overflow line in the tub and went right through the trap with no effort... I made my way to the clog and a minute later the clog was no more... Can't tell you how nice this machine is and it already paid for 1/2 itself with just one job... I'm only mad now that I didn't buy this unit a long time ago...
June 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DummyThatCloggedHisDrain hands down without a doubt highly effective.
I can compare this directly to the typical consumer-targeted pipe snaking options. The drill-spun reel drums, manual snakes and such of various sizes/designs. My tub's drain was completely clogged (standing water in the tub). My three alternatives were just flat out ineffective. So before calling in hired help I headed to Home depot to see what better equipment might be on the market. Came home with this.
*Way* more powerful than I expected. Comparing this to a drill-powered snake is like comparing a regular sports car to a track spec race car. Massive torque if you gun the trigger, and a terrific design that enables you to keep persistent/varying pressure on the clog while the snake tip chews up (in my case) pieces of silicone caulk that had fallen into the tub during renovation, years of hair and residue, rusted pipe, etc. I worked at the clog for 3+ hours nearly zero progress w/ the other tools. I had this in the room for less than 15 minutes and had it running huge volumes of water down the drain. The variable speed control and ability to control snake direction/length separate from the rotation direction is absolutely clutch. I am under the impression that the ability to apply forward pressure on the clog w/ persistent twisting was what made the difference in my scenario.
This is a flat out great piece of gear. Does what it is intended to do. Looking forward to attacking the 1st floor bathroom next, but thought I'd share my sense of victory.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TMVPH Tmv Plumbing
My general snake did not have an auto feed and I had a blocked drain that was above my head and this auto feed was fantastic because it fed itself up into the drain above my head as I held one hand on the front and held the trigger with the hand and was able to push while it fed at the same time cleared the drain too and also did another one similar and cleared that one also. Great Machine !
December 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Drainer Great Drain gun
Easy to use and store. Not too heavy and very efficient. Hasn't let me down yet
January 21, 2015