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Why would you want a Power Feed on something that "SMALL" ?
I would remove one and feed by Hand a Lot Faster and you can feel the cable better
Just my Opinion !
I don’t do drain calls anymore, I have a colleague who I sub my main drains, backwater valves, water services, etc to, he can’t be bothered with small drain work ie: kitchen/basin/tub/shower drains.
So my apprentice bought a K400 so he could start doing my small drain calls, to see if he that’s something he wants to start doing on the side- win win for me.
He is finding getting around some fittings tough cuz the cable easily slips back into the drum and not getting around the fitting, without tightening the set screw at each tough fitting.

Im thinking the auto feed might an option, while he saves up for a K50.
 

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Does the auto feed help getting around 90’s/fittings?
An auto feed is a neccessity, once you use one you'll never go back. It helps in every aspect.
 
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Awesome, thanks.
He’s done ok with the K400 but had to come get my old K50 to complete the job.
Specifically, the major help is it stops the cable from sucking in or spitting out when under heavy tension.

When snaking long straight lengths you can just let it go on it's own for a while.

Like Jerry says, for small diameters not a big deal, might want more finnesse, but 1/2"+ it's a big help. I have no problem "feeling" my 5/8" with an autofeed.
 

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I was reading the K400 manual and it had some drain cleaning tips. One of them was to use a length of 5/8" sectional cable as a flexible leader to get around bends. Worth a try it will work on any ridgid cable that has the ridgid coupler, certainly the K400 and the K3800.
 

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Why would you want a Power Feed on something that "SMALL" ?
I would remove one and feed by Hand a Lot Faster and you can feel the cable better
Just my Opinion !
I really loved the auto feed on a spartan 100 for doing floor drains. I hear the K3800 is similar just not as much power. You can still run the cable in by hand and not use the power feed if you want. I get your point for some drains it would be faster without it Mac.
 

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I just used my Spartan 100 with an auto feed to clear a kitchen drain from the cabinet. I did not see any other easy choice there was an old cracked 2" cast-iron line that the customer did not want to replace and the cleanout was backed up solid with that black nasty **** that plugs up cast-iron lines. the san tees had solder in brass p-traps, one of them was cut off and they had a rubber cap on it. I wanted to run some water while I snaked a cleaner job. So I put a small c cutter that fit inside of a 1 1/2" p-trap and started grinding with the auto feed and finally got through the san tee into the drain I cleared the drain. not too much of a mess I cleaned up the best I could.
 
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