Product Focus: Sewer System Cleaning and Inspection

Product Focus: Sewer System Cleaning and Inspection

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Cable Drain Cleaning Machines

Duracable J-MAXX

The J-MAXX cable drain cleaning machine from Duracable can be used to clean residential mainlines running from the house to the septic tank or from the tank to the distribution box. It is a small sled-style machine, running at 200 rpm driven by a 1/3 hp motor. It cleans 1 1/4- to 4-inch diameter lines, accommodates 75 feet of 3/8- or 1/2-inch cable in a 16- or 19-inch open metal or enclosed poly drum, and is suitable for the shorter runs found in most septic lines, according to the maker. It can be operated by switch or with the standard safety air foot pedal. It is transported on 6-inch wheels and is fitted with a telescoping T-handle. A mini power cable feed and return is optional. 800-247-4081;

Milwaukee Tool MX FUEL Sewer Drum Machine 

Milwaukee Tool’s MX Fuel Sewer Drum Machine has Powertredz lift-assist technology, which makes it easier for one person to transport the machine up and down stairs and in and out of service vans. The machine clears roots 200 feet out while containing the mess with a fully enclosed drum. The Powerstate brushless motor provides full power at the maximum capacity of the machine, Redlink Plus intelligence improves control with an integrated drum brake, and the MX Fuel Redlithium battery pack can is designed to complete multiple jobs on a charge, delivering easy setup and transport. 800-729-3878;

Spartan Tool Model 1065

The Model 1065 is Spartan Tool’s original professional-grade cable machine. It offers a 250-foot range to clean pipe from 3 to 10 inches in diameter. The Dial-A-Cable power feed allows for quick cable changes and feeds cable in and out easily, while the blockage-sensing smart motor senses the need for more power when encountering a difficult blockage. A fully enclosed drum helps keep customer’s living areas clean, and the unit has a rugged design for tough jobs, according to the maker. 800-435-3866;

Drainline Inspection Cameras

RIDGID SeeSnake microReel APX

RIDGID’s SeeSnake microReel APX with TruSense technology is engineered with a lightweight, compact profile for portability. It has bright LED lights with high color accuracy and auto-flip imagery to deliver crisp, detailed images and ensure upright viewing angles in a variety of pipe conditions. It also comes with a built-in kickstand and allows multiple configurations for optimal operation. With TruSense, advanced sensors on the camera head convey information about the in-pipe environment, while the HDR image sensor expands the camera’s dynamic range, allowing a greater ratio of bright and dark areas to be displayed at the same time without reducing visibility. 800-474-3443;

Ratech Electronics Plumber’s Helper Jr.

The Plumber’s Helper Jr. pipe inspection system from Ratech Electronics is based on a small-scale reel and comes with 100 feet of mini Gel Rod cable, a removable compact command module with 7.1-inch LCD, a built-in battery and an SD recorder for digital images and video. This mini pipe inspection system is available with a full-spectrum, 1.375-inch, self-leveling color camera; a standard color camera; or any of the company’s three micro camera heads — 5/8-, 3/4- or 1-inch diameter. 905-660-7072;

Vivax-Metrotech vCam-6

The vCam-6 HD inspection system from Vivax-Metrotech includes features such as text writer, voiceover, locatable sonde and traceable pushrod as standard equipment. The standard reel is available with 200, 300 or 400 feet of pushrod and the choice of a 1.3- or 1.8-inch self-leveling HD camera. The system includes a daylight-viewable control module with a 9.7-inch HD LCD monitor, distance counter and internal rechargeable batteries with five-plus hours of battery life. Video recording and JPG format images can be saved to the internal 1 TB hard drive. The control module has built-in Wi-Fi to stream live video and snapshots to the vCam Live View Mobile app. 800-446-3392;

Vac-Con Sewer Robotics C70

The Sewer Robotics C70 video nozzle, distributed by Vac-Con, features eight cleaning jets, a battery pack, LED lighting, Wi-Fi and a self-leveling HD camera for video recording and jetting 6- to 40-inch pipelines. The durable nozzle easily threads onto any jetting hose to help cleaning crews and asset managers record HD, auto-upright video during pipe cleaning operations. Once the pipe is cleaned, the video is downloaded and automatically uploaded to the Sewer Analytics web cloud, together with the date, time and GPS location. Video is recorded on an SD card inside the nozzle and downloaded to the included tablet via integrated Wi-Fi, as soon as the nozzle has returned to the manhole. 904-284-4200;


CUES Easy Grout

The CUES Easy Grout system offers a computerized graphical user interface that intuitively leads the user through the grouting process. The software includes help files, tool tip descriptions and recommended settings to assist operators throughout the grouting process. The space-saving system is designed to consolidate all the valves and electrical controls into a single instrumentation cabinet that can be mounted in any location. 800-327-7791;

High-Pressure Hose

Kuriyama of America Piranha

Piranha sewer and jetting/lateral line hoses from Kuriyama of America are constructed with a yellow polyolefin tube, high tensile synthetic braid reinforcement to reach the desired pressure rating, and then covered with a high abrasion-resistant polyether-urethane cover. The hoses are constructed to provide rugged and reliable service under the most severe and demanding conditions, according to the maker. Applications include commercial, industrial and residential high-pressure cleaning. The yellow color tube assures the use of a WASTEC designated hose product. The Polyolefin or seamless thermoplastic tube provides maximum resistance to hydrolysis. The high tensile, one or two synthetic fiber braid reinforcement contributes to low volumetric expansion and eliminates loss of strength from moisture absorption. A Polyether polyurethane cover provides cut, abrasion and fungus resistance. The optional Slither cover is ultra-slippery, allowing hose to maneuver around and through difficult sewer pipe bends. 847-755-0360;

High-Pressure Nozzles


The RD MASTERJET nozzle from Hammel-mann has HPS sealing technology and adjustable speed rotation. It is designed for use with shotguns, robotic lance systems or replacement of any rotating tool. It is lightweight at 2.2 pounds and has a compact, ergonomic design 2.2 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches long. It can be used at operating pressures up to 46,500 psi with optimum internal flow. It has a universal nozzle hub for working with nozzles with two or four inserts. Nozzle inserts are countersunk in the nozzle carrier with blast-back shields. Speed is controlled by an infinitely variable magnetic brake. It can be used for cleaning and washing, expansion-joint removal, coating and paint removal, blasting pipe externals, paint booth grid and skid cleanup, superstructure surface preparation, heavy-machinery cleanup and surface preparation. 800-783-4935;

Hydra-Flex Reaper

The Reaper rotating jetting nozzle from Hydra-Flex is engineered for water jetting applications including pipe cleaning and sewer jetting projects for the residential, municipal, industrial and contractor markets. It cleans drains, industrial pipes, sewers and tubes by clearing blockages, grease and roots with fewer passes, saving time and money while generating less wear and tear on hoses and operators, according to the maker. Its rotating front jet is a 0-degree, straight water stream that blasts at up to 4,000 psi while rotating at an optimal speed to form a 24- or 30-degree cone of coverage. Optimized stream quality results in greater impingement, allowing the use of one tool for various applications, including cutting blockages, cleaning grease and removing roots. Repair kits are available for extended life and lower overall operating costs. 952-808-3640;

Warthog Nozzles by StoneAge Warthog WT-1/2  

The  WT-1/2 nozzle from Warthog Nozzles by StoneAge has a 1/2-inch inlet option and an R24 head engineered to increase the flow range up to 21 gpm. This configuration enables maximum use of higher-flow pumps for more powerful cleaning, while maintaining the small form factor of the WT for navigating pipe bends, according to the maker. The high flow capacity paired with the company’s WT 040-R24-C head allows use of full pump power to tackle the toughest jobs and achieve a higher rate of cleaning. The small form factor is optimized for cleaning 3- to 6-inch pipes with elbows. The nozzle’s slow, controlled rotation combined with high flow delivers optimal cleaning power for cutting roots or clearing tough deposits. 866-795-1586;

Hose Reels

COXREELS 1125 Series

The 1125 Series from COXREELS is now available with two upgraded swivel options. The medium-pressure (up to 4,000 psi) and high-pressure (up to 5,000 psi) can be factory installed on the standard 1125 Series. The medium-pressure swivel is precision-machined from solid brass and features upgraded wall thickness, and upgraded seals and backup rings. The high-pressure swivel is machined from high-strength steel and nickel plated for corrosion resistance. This ball bearing swivel features maximum flow and enhanced load-bearing capabilities. 800-269-7335;

Hannay Reels 6200 Power Rewind Reel

The 6200 Power Rewind Reel from Hannay Reels is designed to stand up to rigorous water jetting and blasting applications. With heavy-duty steel construction, strong spool, sturdy frame and hydraulic motor, the reel offers hose expansion control for I.D. hose widths between 3/4- and 1-inch. Up to 500 feet of hose is supported at 3,000 psi, making it suitable for large jobs. The “A” assembly roller on the front of the frame allows for proper storage and easy dispensing on truck or trailer mounts. Optional upgrades include 5,000 psi working pressure, roller assembly, direct drive hydraulic motor rewind and a hose package, allowing for a wide range of customizations to suit needs. 518-797-3791;


Subsite Electronics UtiliGuard 2

The UtiliGuard 2 from Subsite Electronics provides locate crews with integrated data capture, GPS positioning and an intuitive user interface to improve work quality and maximize locate awareness. Operators get an in-depth understanding of locating activity by documenting locate accuracy and operations performance for more consistent results on job sites. The user interface offers simplified graphics that are easy and fast to interpret. Operators will notice an obvious change in screen layout when directly over a utility locate, providing positive confirmation. The graphics provide increased confidence, locate consistency and operational performance. The data automatically captured can be used by operators to quickly prove or track performance, compare with benchmarks and provide actionable outcomes to help increase quality and productivity while reducing cable strikes. In addition to data-logging capabilities, it is equipped with integrated GPS positioning, enabling crews to improve activity reporting. 800-846-2713;

Portable Jetters

General Pipe Cleaners JM-2900 Jet-Set

The JM-2900 Jet-Set gas-powered water jet from General Pipe Cleaners can quickly clear grease, sand and ice in 4- to 8-inch drainlines. It is designed to be light and maneuverable, and it is driven by a 13 hp Honda engine connected directly to a 3,000 psi, 4 gpm triplex pump. Vibra-Pulse helps the hose slide around tight bends in small lines and down long runs. A 200-foot-capacity hose reel with reel brake is mounted on a heavy-duty frame with two 10-inch flat-free foam-core tires. It has a thermal relief valve to protect the pump from heat damage, along with a backflow check valve and inlet filter. An optional spray wand is available. 800-245-6200;

Pressure Washers and Sprayers

Satellite Industries Pathfinder

Pathfinder from Satellite Indus-tries is a sanitizing system that mounts to any service vehicle. It has a low-pressure, chemical injection delivery system that proportions the chemical/water mix for maximum effectiveness. This allows portable restroom operators to spray a cleaning agent like Pathfinder Solution or a hospital-grade, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectant like Enviro Bac 2 evenly throughout the restroom. It reduces mold and odor-causing bacteria by 86% over traditional cleaning methods. The benefit over the “scrub brush and soap” method is eliminating transfer of bacteria and germs from one unit to another, according to the maker. Users can switch from high to low pressure for the chemical application. It has a Flojet washdown pump for low pressure (50 psi at 4.5 gpm) and a CAT high pressure pump (1,000 psi at 2.5 gpm). 800-883-1123;

 Root Control Chemicals

Lenzyme Trap-Cleer foaming root control

Foaming root control from Lenzyme Trap-Cleer has double the active ingredient dichlobenil of previous solutions, along with a latex base designed to help it stick to roots longer. It is easy to apply and provides a slower foaming action to coat the entire pipeline and eliminate fast-foamover messes. 800-223-3083;

RootX Foaming Root Control 40-pound boxes

Foaming Root Control in 40-pound boxes from RootX is designed to foam on contact with water and can be applied using a jetter or by directly pouring from the package into the sewer. With sufficient flow and gravity, users can use the direct-pour application into the existing flow to carry the root-killing foam down the line, coating the roots. The vacuum method consists of running a jetter nozzle at the downstream manhole to create the vacuum effect at the upstream manhole. Then pour in the RootX at the upstream and just add water to activate the foam. Using a jetter and the FDU 300, the user can efficiently treat longer sewer lines with larger diameters, according to the maker. 800-844-4974;

 Root Cutters

Arthur Products Cnt-r-KUT G2 EMAX2

The Cnt-r-KUT G2 EMAX2 from Arthur Products is an interchangeable cutter nozzle to clear roots and debris. The centering devices can be modified for custom applications. They help operators tackle tough jobs, including when using drain cleaning nozzles in tight spaces in damaged sewers, and technicians can expect to achieve maximum cleaning spread in drains and other pipes. 800-322-0510;

 Sludge Sampling Equipment

Sim/Tech Filter TruCore

The TruCore from Sim/Tech Filter is a large-diameter, accurate, user-friendly sludge sampler designed for sludge common to septic tanks. It allows samples to be taken quickly without creating excessive turbulence, as there are no restrictions caused by valves, stoppers or flaps. With a 1 3/8-inch I.D., the capacity per foot is almost 10 ounces. The straight-through design allows sample to be effortlessly returned to the tank. The unit is made of a polycarbonate sampling tube (marked every foot) and PVC fittings. It comes as a single-piece, 8-foot unit or as two 4-foot units that slip together. Custom sizes and configurations are also available. A simple and customizable extension kit is available for deeply buried tanks. 888-999-3290;

 Truck/Trailer Jetters

American Jetter 51T Series 2650

The 51T Series 2650 trailer jet from American Jetter offers 26 gpm at 5,000 psi. Consistent power is provided by dual Kohler electronic fuel injection gasoline engines creating 114 hp, saving up to 20% fuel, while avoiding problems associated with carburetor engines. Low water shut-off prevents pump damage if the optional 600- to 800-gallon tanks run low. The main reel holds up to 500 feet of 1/2-inch hose and speed control allows for precise cleaning in both directions. A long-range wireless remote option allows for water ON/OFF, engine shutdown and hose reel control. The heavy-duty square-tubing trailer offers standard electric brakes on both axles. 866-944-3569;

Bucher Municipal North America Remote Reel

The Remote Reel from Bucher Municipal North America helps users reach where sewer cleaner units can’t and allows for easy and safe access to difficult jetting tasks. A smart design allows the user to go off road and handle stairs. It includes a hydraulically operated hose reel with variable speed, 656 feet of 1-inch jetting hose, a Hinowa caterpillar track crawler with adjustable width, a Honda 11.7 hp gasoline engine and a rear operator platform with easy steering and controls. 704-658-1333;

Cam Spray 3012H Compact Skid Mount Jetter

The 3012H Compact Skid Mount Jetter from Cam Spray is designed to go into a high cube van or pickup bed and take up as little space as possible while still flowing 12 gpm at 3,000 psi. Features include a Honda iGX 800 fuel-injected gasoline engine with oil alert and hour meter, powering a gearbox-driven plunger pump with ceramic plungers, stainless steel valves, pressure gauge and 80-mesh water filter. The pump is protected by an unloader valve and secondary pop-off. A power pulse feature is used for navigating longer runs and elbows. The 100-gallon tank includes low water shut-off and a float valve to manage filling the tank. An industrial coated skid platform and frame offers transferability between vans, trucks and trailers, while mounting flanges and D-rings allow for the machine to be fastened or tied down. The machine measures 52 inches long by 41.5 inches wide by 50 inches tall. 800-648-5011; 

Easy-Kleen Pressure Systems Groundhog Jetter

The Groundhog Jetter from Easy-Kleen Pressure Systems is designed with a 35 hp Vanguard engine providing 12 gpm at 3,500 psi to blast through clogged pipes. It is compact and can be transported in a pickup truck or van, with trailer options available. It includes a fully welded, powder-coated 2-inch steel tube frame, drilled and tapped, which houses the 200-gallon water tank. It comes with an accessible breather and 10-gallon fuel tank, General Pump with gearbox drive, 12-volt-powered hose reel with 300 feet of 3/8-inch jetter hose, hose guides, a super swivel and foot-pedal control, emergency shut-off valve and hour meter. Optional remote features include hose reel-in, motor off/speed control and pressure on/off. 800-315-5533;

GapVax G7 Jetter  

The G7 Jetter from GapVax is built on a heavy-duty, contractor-grade NATM-certified trailer. Several engine choices, including Cummins diesel, are certified and sized appropriately for the water pump combinations. The unit’s hose reel is hydraulically powered with a direct-drive gearbox and variable-speed control. The hose reel offers a 3-foot (curbside) articulation from center of bearing, 180-degree rotation and a capacity of 800 feet of 3/4-inch jetter hose. The polyethylene plastic water tank is available in 300-, 500-600- or 700-gallon capacities. The water pump is center-fed for optimum performance. The controller is interlocked with safety features that will show low fuel levels and low water, and is capable of a complete engine shutdown in an emergency. 888-442-7829;

HotJet USA HotJet II

The HotJet USA HotJet II trailer-mounted jetter is available with hydraulic hose reels and a 37 hp Vanguard fuel-injected engine. Operating with hot or cold water, it runs at 12 gpm at 4,000 psi, cleaning 2- to 12-inch lines, making it an alternative between small-output and larger-output machines. It arrives turnkey with a 330-gallon water tank, detergent tanks and full power-washing capabilities for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing after the job. It includes a hydraulic hose reel, heavy-duty 7,000-pound-rated tandem axle trailer (single axle also available), rear control panel with a remote control, two heavy-duty diamond-plate side toolboxes and one front toolbox. 800-624-8186;

Jetters Northwest Eagle-200/4010 Mid-Size Trailer-Jetter

The Eagle-200/4010 Mid-Size Trailer-Jetter from Jetters Northwest produces 10 gpm, 4,000 psi performance. It is an up-rated version of the previous 4009 (9 gpm) model. Like the Eagle-200/3012 model (12 gpm and 3,000 psi) the 4010 comes with a Kawasaki 31 hp fuel-injected/liquid-cooled engine on an industrial-duty trailer with brakes for safety and a heavy-duty A-frame tongue allowing it to be towed when full of water. Flat-top fenders allow for additional mounting surface and standard aluminum wheels give a sharp appearance. The 4010 and the 3012 models feature a Super-Duty Triplex UDOR U.S.A. pump, 12-volt powered hose reel (with adjustable reel speed), 200-gallon water tank, 60-inch lockable tool storage bin, 400-foot jetting hose on the main 12-volt reel, 100 feet of 3/4-inch water-supply hose on a second reel, adjustable pulsation control and four jetting nozzles. A wireless remote control is a popular optional upgrade. 877-901-1936;

Super Products SuperJet 

The SuperJet truck-mounted jetter from Super Products blasts debris to clear blockages and maintain sewer lines by utilizing a strong and smooth single-piston water pump to create consistent high water pressure. Units have rotationally molded non-crosslinked repairable polyethylene eco-friendly water tanks to accommodate water capacities ranging from 1,080 up to 3,240 gallons. Additionally, they have convenient standard curbside and street-side fill for municipal and residential sewer cleaning. A hose reel comes with 1,000 feet of 1-inch-diameter sewer hose, 200-degree rotation and a digital monitor. This allows operators to work efficiently and safely while positioning themselves out of traffic and other hazards. The monitor displays hose footage count, offers 20 saved settings for hose reel payout and is designed with LED panel lights to enable readability in a variety of environments. 800-837-9711;  


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