Plumbing Zone - Professional Plumbers Forum
PLUMBERS, CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Go Back   Plumbing Zone - Professional Plumbers Forum > Professional Plumbers Forum > Drain and Sewer Cleaning


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-11-2011, 08:43 PM   #1
Plumba
 
Qball415's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,442

View Qball415's Photo Album My Photos
Default Ridgid k-400

Were not really into the drain cleaning so much as we are other services. I got something in the mail for a ridgid k-400 drain machine, Anyone have one or owned one at one time? What would they work best for?

Qball415 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join Contractor Talk

Join the #1 Plumbers Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

PlumbingZone.com - Are you a Professional Plumbing Contractor? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's the leading place for plumbers to meet online. No homeowners asking DIY questions. Just fellow tradesmen who enjoy talking about their business, their trade, and anything else that comes up. No matter what your specialty is you'll find that PlumbingZone.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join PlumbingZone.com - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE


Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. PlumbingZone.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!
Old 05-11-2011, 08:50 PM   #2
Registered User
 
SlickRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Gilmer, Texas
Posts: 8,090

View SlickRick's Photo Album My Photos
Default

Sink machine ,like the Gen. mini rooter. No good for main lines.
SlickRick is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to SlickRick For This Useful Post:
UnclogNH (05-11-2011)
Old 05-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #3
Certified Lunatic
 
Redwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 14,007

View Redwood's Photo Album My Photos
Send a message via Skype™ to Redwood
Default

The K-400 really isn't much of a machine...

It's a real middle of the road machine which makes it fairly useless...

It is too big for tubs and sinks...
Yet too small for mains....

That means that you are going to need 2 additional machines to get decent coverage on drain cleaning...

I would suggest a K-3800 with 3 drums loaded with 1/4", 3/8", & 1/2" for the smaller drains, and a K-7500 for mains...

Then you don't need a k-400 at all and they can keep selling them to the handy hacks at Home Cheapo...
__________________
“Have you ever flipped over a rock and there were worms squirming around in the fresh air and sunlight?”
~Plumber~

Redwood is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Redwood For This Useful Post:
plumbpro (05-11-2011)
Old 05-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: fulton, indiana
Posts: 616

View breid1903's Photo Album My Photos
Default

imo there are better machines for just about everything. breid.................
breid1903 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to breid1903 For This Useful Post:
Redwood (05-11-2011)
Old 05-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
Plumba
 
Qball415's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,442

View Qball415's Photo Album My Photos
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by breid1903 View Post
imo there are better machines for just about everything. breid.................
Everything? I bought a small hand held Ridgid with the 3/8" cable and i was able to clear out showers and sinks no problems. Will i be able to clear out sewers 3" to 4" from building to street?
Qball415 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #6
Drain Cleaning Specialist
 
UnclogNH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Hampshire, In a town time forgot.
Posts: 2,076

View UnclogNH's Photo Album My Photos
Default

I have a dumpster out back that will fit a K-400
We run into a bunch of those Home owner machines their starting become just like the little hand cranks all kinked up and tossed in the corner.
__________________
Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.
UnclogNH is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to UnclogNH For This Useful Post:
Airgap (05-12-2011), Redwood (05-11-2011)
Old 05-12-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Will's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Moore, OK
Posts: 3,057

View Will's Photo Album My Photos
Default

If you can get it for real cheap, why not? Just don't put alot of faith in it, cause it's going to let you down.
__________________
Will Rogers Plumbing (405) 323-2852
Moore, Oklahoma
"We Unclog Drains That Others Can't!"
http://www.willrogersplumbing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Will-Rogers-Plumbing/112198585505675
Will is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Will For This Useful Post:
UnclogNH (05-12-2011)
Old 05-13-2011, 10:04 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: fulton, indiana
Posts: 616

View breid1903's Photo Album My Photos
Default

just what i said. i use a k-38 for small drains, also. will you be able to clear 3" or 4" drains? not today and tomorrow ain't looking good either. get a mainline machine. i'm a k-60 boy. the drum boys can list their poison. i looked at k-400/300 series, i could not find a fit. a need. may just be me. breid.................
breid1903 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to breid1903 For This Useful Post:
Qball415 (05-14-2011)
Old 05-16-2011, 10:15 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 406

View incarnatopnh's Photo Album My Photos
Default

When I went on my own, I was flat broke and needed a machine, any machine. I picked up a k400. Small stuff its ok, cable can be a bit stiff at times. Big stuff, lol! Not a mainline machine but I make do with it until a find a decent price on a real machine. I've had to use some real ingenuity to get the job done at times but if you can get it cheap it will get you started. But plan on upgrading quickly. I modified mine and still use it (bigger motor).
incarnatopnh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2011, 11:21 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 6,329

View user2090's Photo Album My Photos
Default

The first machine I bought was a K-400. Like any tool knowing how to use it is key. I have cleared many SINK lines with it. Buy a small hand machine for tubs. I still use the 400 often. I like the low RPMs easy to control.

I recently bought a K-1500 for mainline.

I have used a K-3800 and no doubt it is a good set-up for small drains, but the cost vs. K-400 for a small shop with limited funds is an easy call.

Last edited by user2090; 05-16-2011 at 12:34 PM..
user2090 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ridgid 400 1703 Plumbers Swap 4 06-16-2012 08:31 AM
Ridgid K 40 jc60618 Drain and Sewer Cleaning 3 02-14-2010 04:52 PM
Ridgid 4 pc set Optimus Primer Plumbers Swap 1 11-28-2009 08:39 PM
Ridgid Associated Plum General Plumbing Discussion 16 07-03-2009 04:52 PM
Ridgid K-39 tzzzz216 Plumbers Swap 0 04-16-2009 08:18 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:06 AM.


Copyright © 2000-2014 Escalate Media LP. All Rights Reserved

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1