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Hey guys I'm looking to buy a new sewer camera
I am at a toss up. I like the new Vivax digital but don't know if it is built well or if anyone uses one. I like how you can take still pics and send info to costumers over e-mail. But I'm sure repair costs are high on this unit.
The 2nd one I was looking at was a Scooter cam costs around $1300 less 200 ft of push cable 1/2 inch thick cable,
With dvd 10 lcd screen no distance counter offered or self level but can add 512 to head for locator for under $300 simple to use. If no one has seen a scooter cam before here is there web site www.Tvinspection.com. what's attractive about the scooter its simple head rebuild is $1000 cable replacement is $1500 for 200 ft but they have no demo on web site so I have no clue how good the picture is on the scooter?
Thanks any feed back would be great.
 

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Hey guys I'm looking to buy a new sewer camera
I am at a toss up. I like the new Vivax digital but don't know if it is built well or if anyone uses one. I like how you can take still pics and send info to costumers over e-mail. But I'm sure repair costs are high on this unit.
The 2nd one I was looking at was a Scooter cam costs around $1300 less 200 ft of push cable 1/2 inch thick cable,
With dvd 10 lcd screen no distance counter offered or self level but can add 512 to head for locator for under $300 simple to use. If no one has seen a scooter cam before here is there web site www.Tvinspection.com. what's attractive about the scooter its simple head rebuild is $1000 cable replacement is $1500 for 200 ft but they have no demo on web site so I have no clue how good the picture is on the scooter?
Thanks any feed back would be great.
I have seen Vivax at shows but I have never used one. I've used mostly SeeSnake and have been very pleased with them. Check out their new stuff they've recently announced before you buy anything. As for Scooter, they have been around for a very long time and their technology does not seem to have stayed up with the times.

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Thanks for the info.
 

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We have a vivax where I work now, and it seems pretty good. The picture is good, I haven't used it much so I don't know anything about emailing pics etc. The one Thing I don't like about it is that it will not fit an 1 1/2 line and I don't think it will even go through a 2" 90 unless it is a plastic longsweep (not 100% sure on that though). If you will be using it for resi keep that in mind.
 

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I can't say as I've seen any camera that impresses me more than the Ridgid Color See-Snake with the self leveling head...

Personally I'd just save your money until you can afford one...
 

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I recently spent some time at the facility where they manufacture and test SeeSnake and there is a reason they are so reliable. I was very impressed with the entire process.

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It's kinda funny the mention of reliability...

A couple of years ago the boss made a "Big Announcement" on how he was going to get a bunch of camera's and we were going to camera every line we snaked and soon everyone would have a camera...

Yea he was looking at cheap brands...

Now all there is out on the road is Ridgid See-Snakes and all those cheapo ones that were so cheap everyone would have one are all sitting in the junk equipment boneyard in the corner of the garage at the shop...

Heck they aren't even locked up and no one stole them...:laughing:
 

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Thanks for all the feed back good to know that there is a forum out there for people like us in the field. I will post offen and help as mush as I can. Where I'm located in Northern, NH I have no other tradesmen in this field to chat with. I would love to buy a Ridged seesnake looks good but they cost more than my van lol. Being a new start up is tuff so I have to spend smart in this economy. My wife say's I'm just cheap I tell her no just smart. With so many camera to choose from lots of Cash needed for them and nothing makes you feel more sick than man I just spent 7k I don't have and it broke. My first camera was one of those South Coast camera's I thought OK it's cheap probably made cheap but I can use this as a starter unit. Guess what it was cheap broke 2nd use at a Dunkin Donuts but their like was broken and the spring head got stuck can happen any time to anyone. So I bought a 2nd one 3/8 cable for more push then the tv in on the cctv went to replace it was $399.00 lol I just use a 13 inch tv now makes a nice picture but camera fogs a lot and I'm lucky If I can push it 40 feet. So I just want to warn people the South Coast camera's stink but you get what you pay for. It still kinda works. order time and the rep were good. But not worth the money. But so far the feed back on Seesnakes have been great. Hopefuly I can afford one This is the first month in 2 years I was able to pay all my bills Yee Haa! Looks like I might be able to survive this economy people can skimp on buying food, cars, computers etc. but everyone has to poop. :thumbup:
 

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I am stuck with a south coast also, havent used it yet and I hate it already.Bought it late one night on e-bay and found this site at same time, love this site hate the cheepo camera ,I can hear myself cussing for not biting the bullet and fixing my old gen eye 2.
 

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Did you get the reel with the south coast camera if not it's really going to suck. Had a buddy that had one of those scooter cameras it was old he bought it dirt cheap it never worked gave it to me because he was going to toss it. I used the scooter reel to put the South coast camera in took the handle off and just use the blue reel part. Looks cheap but works
Can't afford a good camera yet Wife just got hours slashed. but business is picking up banks are not giving loans op here so have to do it the hard way.
 
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I purchased the insight vision camera and so far it has been working great for me. it has the self leveling head dvd recorder a 4 hr rechargeable battery good picture and the camera head screws off for easy repair. it also has a keyboard.
 

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We bought a 100 ft reel/ camera from South Coast. It was easy to push as long as there were no turns. The camera fogged up. It was hard to go over the tiniest bumps in the pipe. Also with the camera came a monitor and recorder which produced a fuzzy picture that was unacceptable. I called South Coast about this, and they recommended upgrading to a better camera head, but would not take a trade in. So I was stuck with the first camera that I only used 3 times, and was was suckered into another piece of junk. The second camera with 200 ft reel was no better - the picture was still unacceptable for the Townships to accept. We returned both to have them repaired. It took 6 weeks to get the cameras back - they kept lying saying it was already shipped, but wasn't, waited and waited some more. Their website claims they have a 48 hour turnaround for service. I did not like their attitude. I left so many messages and was told the owner would call that day, but it took 7 or 8 tries until someone would talk to me, and all they did was stick up for each other, and tried to pass the buck, or blame me for the breakdowns. It took many tries to find anyone else that would agree to service South Coast Equipment - everyone else in the business say they are junk. No company will take South Coast Equipment as a trade-in. I have more money into the repairs than I do the machines now. I can't afford to purchase a different machine after spending all my money on South Coast Equipment. So, I advise you not to even consider South Coast.
 

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I purchased the insight vision camera and so far it has been working great for me. it has the self leveling head dvd recorder a 4 hr rechargeable battery good picture and the camera head screws off for easy repair. it also has a keyboard.
update.....after a year cam is still working good only thing I don't like about it so far is the spring is a little weak on it and it has a tendency to bend in the pipe and look into the wrong direction. usually a couple of wiggles and it straigtens itself out. It will do till I can afford a higher end camera. It doesn't do too well in 2 inch non plastic lines either but there is usually so much grease and soap build up in those lines anyway. I have never really seen a camera that does that great in them without getting the lens all scummed up.
 

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Thanks for all the feed back good to know that there is a forum out there for people like us in the field. I will post offen and help as mush as I can. Where I'm located in Northern, NH I have no other tradesmen in this field to chat with. I would love to buy a Ridged seesnake looks good but they cost more than my van lol. Being a new start up is tuff so I have to spend smart in this economy. My wife say's I'm just cheap I tell her no just smart. With so many camera to choose from lots of Cash needed for them and nothing makes you feel more sick than man I just spent 7k I don't have and it broke. My first camera was one of those South Coast camera's I thought OK it's cheap probably made cheap but I can use this as a starter unit. Guess what it was cheap broke 2nd use at a Dunkin Donuts but their like was broken and the spring head got stuck can happen any time to anyone. So I bought a 2nd one 3/8 cable for more push then the tv in on the cctv went to replace it was $399.00 lol I just use a 13 inch tv now makes a nice picture but camera fogs a lot and I'm lucky If I can push it 40 feet. So I just want to warn people the South Coast camera's stink but you get what you pay for. It still kinda works. order time and the rep were good. But not worth the money. But so far the feed back on Seesnakes have been great. Hopefuly I can afford one This is the first month in 2 years I was able to pay all my bills Yee Haa! Looks like I might be able to survive this economy people can skimp on buying food, cars, computers etc. but everyone has to poop. :thumbup:
You are right, the cameras are expensive and there is always a risk of breaking the camera. We use two kinds of cameras and both are great. They also have a wide variety of cameras.
http://www.rjmcompany.com/sewer cameras.htm
http://www.spartantool.com/machineview.asp?id=24&menu=cameras&model=PROvision 2.0 Camera
 

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"Our sewer and drain cleaning service is completely baked" :laughing:

Most of your website is ok, however, pic 9 on your home page shows a machine with no belt guard, is that where the savings are?
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update.....after a year cam is still working good only thing I don't like about it so far is the spring is a little weak on it and it has a tendency to bend in the pipe and look into the wrong direction. usually a couple of wiggles and it straigtens itself out. It will do till I can afford a higher end camera. It doesn't do too well in 2 inch non plastic lines either but there is usually so much grease and soap build up in those lines anyway. I have never really seen a camera that does that great in them without getting the lens all scummed up.
Al sounds like some honest opinions on your sewer camera. :thumbsup:
How is the picture quality on it? On their web site they boast clear view and how good it is? Is the distance counter still accurate with no adjustments? Do you have self level. Will it push 200 ft? Sorry for all the questions Al :laughing:
This is why I need to go to the pumper cleaner show. Need to see and touch the cameras. :yes: Plus I need to find out how LCD monitors hold up to dampness and -50 weather it gets cold up here.
 

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Holy crap, $49.99 any sewer?
Hurry up and set up up here. I can sub out all my cleanings to you.
I'll sell my equipment and just watch the money roll in!


How about an intro?
My company is based in NY and like you said "holy crap, $49.95 any sewer". Believe it or not my price has remained steady since 1995. :thumbup:
 

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Al sounds like some honest opinions on your sewer camera. :thumbsup:
How is the picture quality on it? On their web site they boast clear view and how good it is? Is the distance counter still accurate with no adjustments? Do you have self level. Will it push 200 ft? Sorry for all the questions Al :laughing:
This is why I need to go to the pumper cleaner show. Need to see and touch the cameras. :yes: Plus I need to find out how LCD monitors hold up to dampness and -50 weather it gets cold up here.
Picture is pretty good although I have seen better. (general) Distance counter on mine is very accurate and yes it is self leveling. I have never had to push it 200 ft so can't answer that one I have gone as far as 165 ft at the hospital here, It had a lot of bends and turns in it. what I usually do is duct tape it to my jetter if I need to go any further. Then turn the jetter off and look at it coming back. That guys name and number I gave you a while back will give you a better deal than ordering it from the manufacturer. But your right you are better off going to the pumper show where they are all on display and compare them. Next time I camera a sewer will make a cd of it and post it on here so you can see picture quality. It also has a built in sonde for locating on the 512 frequency. If the camera needs to go in for repairs they will send you one to use while your is getting worked on.
 
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