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In a recent thread there was a discussion regarding what hand-held inspection camera was the best to go with. I am revisiting that discussion along with some photos. In this post I am showing a Ridgid microExplorer with both the 17mm head and the 9.5mm head.

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This post includes the microExplorer and a prototype of the new and soon to be released microDrain. The conversion takes about a minute to connect and you have a light weight sewer camera for a quick inspection up to 30'. The push rod is flexible enough to navigate 1 1/2" p-traps and fittings I just started testing it today but with a little practice I was able to get through the trap and down into the drain on both a Kohler San Rafael and a Kohler Wellworth. After going through the water closet I ended up in old cast-iron and was only able to push the camera an extra 10' or so. The microDrain can also be used with any SeeSnake monitor.

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$2,500 bucks my guess
 

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The microDrain will not be released until the end of summer but it looks like Ohio Power Tools is pre selling them at $1,685.33. If you already own a microExplorer or a SeeSnake monitor you would use either of those as the monitor. If you need to buy a monitor, the microExplorer can be had for about $675 and a regular SeeSnake monitor would be around $3,000. The advantage of buying the microExplorer is you also get an inspection camera.

Here is a video with clear PVC.


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that is pretty slick for sure but a bit out of my price range at the moment. i'll have to make due with my seesnake.

how do i convince ridgid to send me one of those prototypes free of charge for "testing"? :yes:






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The rigid rep here told me the hvac model with 30 feet of flex rod listed at 700 and the plumbing model with the push cable would list at about 2600. He also said the push rod would not hook to a regular monitor but I cant see that being right.
 

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The $700 he was talking about was likely the standard microExplorer inspection camera which comes with a 3' wand. You can extend the microExplorer up to 30' by adding 9-3' extensions at $50 a piece but I don't believe it would be stiff enough to push it 30' unless you are going down a vertical pipe/shaft or in a very small horizontal line. The microExplore will not hook up to a SeeSnake monitor as it is a SeeSnake monitor. Howerver, the less expensive second generation SeeSnake Micro which will not record video or stills like the microExplorer does has a video out which would allow you to use the SeeSnake monitors to view and record.

The microDrain can hook up to either a SeeSnake monitor or the microExplorer depending on what kit you have for it. The conversion back and forth is simple and only takes minutes. The push rod to the microDrain is not as stiff as a SeeSnake Plus but it is considerably stiffer than the wand on the microExplorer. It pushes fairly well and has a surprising amount of light for just being powered by the microExplorere. Yesterday I ran it up through my downspouts to the gutters and then later through a bunch of 4" styrene fittings and pipe to inspect the french drain behind my new retaining wall.

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Hey that is what I am talking about, those are real nice. Really want me one of the MicroExplorer.
thanks for posting some pictures.
 

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I bought the milwaukee ins. camera off amazon for about $100. It runs off aa bateries. I also got a 3' extension for about another $50. I've had it a couple of months and haven't had to use it for anything plumbing related yet. I'll probably only use it once or twice a year, but when I do I'm sure it'll come in handy.
 

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No transmitter yet as that would impede it's ability to go through water closets. I'm not sure you would want to locate with it as it is only 30' long.

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That is our next purchase when it becomes available at our supply dealer. With new construction there are so many ways to use those to avoid problems, especially on remodels. We have the basic one now and we use it in walls to find leaks where nails or saws cut our plumbing and we want to show the builder that it was no fault of our own.
 

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Any transmitter in the head for locating????
There now is a Sonde built into the camera head. I just barely got it out of the box so I can't give you a review of it yet. My understanding is the smaller Sonde is not as powerful as a full size Sonde but should still fit the bill.

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I ordered one yesterday, that little camera will get used alot, and the guy at Ohio Power tools was really cool, never heard of them, but on some of there stuff, the prices are good, I shopped around, and there price for the complete set up was good, all our big cameras are not rigid, to expensive, they are good, but wayyyyyyyyy to much money ! But that mini cam is worth the money, I hope IMHO
 

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Ours came today, it is pretty cool, we will put it through the test Monday, I have always wondered why Rigid is so pricey, when this is 90%plastic, but on the demo tape, they show some guy jamming the camera through drains, so I am sure it is tough, all our big cameras are not ridgid ! So hopefully it lasts.
 

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Here is a video of Josh (SeaSnake Project Head) at Ridgid showing how durable the new microDrain is. It is a new push rod which was designed just for the microDrain.


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