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Tools.Woot has 1/2" X 50' Olympia Tools Electric Drain Cleaner (88-057-917) for $179.99. To earn 2.5% in Slickdeals Cashback, before purchase, follow the cashback instructions below. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime Members (must login with your Amazon account) or is otherwise $6 per order.

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  • Product Dimensions: 22.6" x 15.6" x 24.2"
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As a homeowner who has been dealing with a failing main sewer system...

This looks like it would be overkill for most smaller drains - the manual $20 drain snakes are plenty for small hair or food clogs. Maybe get the $50-$100 electric/battery handheld drain snakes if you want another toy for the collection something more powerful.

At the other end this doesn't look anywhere near powerful enough to deal with serious clogs or roots in big drains, particularly since it doesn't have an auto-feed. It might still save you the cost of calling out a plumber once or twice, but if you need to use it more often than that you probably have a more serious problem that needs professional attention.

FWIW the plumber I worked with recommended a $25 Drain King, which is an attachment for a garden hose that can blow out minor clogs in a main 4" drain. It helped me clear out a few backups while waiting for the underlying problem to be identified and repaired.

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Any thoughts on this?
As a homeowner who has been dealing with a failing main sewer system...

This looks like it would be overkill for most smaller drains - the manual $20 drain snakes are plenty for small hair or food clogs. Maybe get the $50-$100 electric/battery handheld drain snakes if you want another toy for the collection something more powerful.

At the other end this doesn't look anywhere near powerful enough to deal with serious clogs or roots in big drains, particularly since it doesn't have an auto-feed. It might still save you the cost of calling out a plumber once or twice, but if you need to use it more often than that you probably have a more serious problem that needs professional attention.

FWIW the plumber I worked with recommended a $25 Drain King, which is an attachment for a garden hose that can blow out minor clogs in a main 4" drain. It helped me clear out a few backups while waiting for the underlying problem to be identified and repaired.
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If you are renting or hiring out rooting every year, and 50 foot is enough for your house, then i guess you could stay on top of it with this. I have been using a jetter (100' pressure washer hose with a tip that shoots forward to clear and sideways/back to keep it centered and pull it down the pipe) but am worried that it doesn't cut the larger roots. The larger ones aren't what clog, but i'm guessing that it makes long term (breaking) worse. I plan to start doing chemicals soon, was hoping for a deal.

I will also add that if you do have problems often you should add repair/replacement to your insurance. The actuaries don't take important things into account, and so it is pretty cheap, i think mine is around $100/yr, where even a basic repair is thousands. neighbor had a small section replaced and it was around $5k.
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Great price, cheaper than Harbor Freight: https://harborfreight.com/50-ft-c...68285.html

Relatively good reviews at Home Depot where it's $300: https://www.homedepot.com/p/OLYMP.../305091933

I seriously considered this one before finding a Ridgid K400 at a local discount outlet. It's really only for the main drains as the 1/2" cable will be too stiff for most of the pipes throughout your house. Probably not powerful enough to cut roots, but should work great on hair, grease, wetwipe, and flushed army men clogs. A couple uses and it's paid for itself.

If water comes up your floor drain when you flush, shower, or do the laundry - this is the size to get. For regular bath/kitchen stuff get one of the handheld 1/4" models.
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i have the HF version of this, however, i have the auto-feed.
It has saved me and unclogged my sewer many times, saved me $100 per occurance.
I do recommend skipping this though and getting the auto-feed. manually feeding and retracting the dirty snake is gonna be messy and difficult to do.
When you get to a clog in the drain, the technique is to retract and feed in back and forth while spinning to effectively unclog it. (im sure there are other techniques, im not a plumber, but thats what has worked for me) Feeding or retracting while snake is spinning on this manual one is difficult and dangerous.
just my 2 cents
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If you are renting or hiring out rooting every year, and 50 foot is enough for your house, then i guess you could stay on top of it with this. I have been using a jetter (100' pressure washer hose with a tip that shoots forward to clear and sideways/back to keep it centered and pull it down the pipe) but am worried that it doesn't cut the larger roots. The larger ones aren't what clog, but i'm guessing that it makes long term (breaking) worse. I plan to start doing chemicals soon, was hoping for a deal.

I will also add that if you do have problems often you should add repair/replacement to your insurance. The actuaries don't take important things into account, and so it is pretty cheap, i think mine is around $100/yr, where even a basic repair is thousands. neighbor had a small section replaced and it was around $5k.

This...i use a jetter as well. If you have a pressure washer you can use it and a jetter. It borders on amazingly effective compared to snakes. If you are using it on a line where grease is disposed of, like most kitchen sinks, the pipe will end up like new...instead of leaving goop around the edges that allows faster future clogging.
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i have the HF version of this, however, i have the auto-feed.
It has saved me and unclogged my sewer many times, saved me $100 per occurance.
I do recommend skipping this though and getting the auto-feed. manually feeding and retracting the dirty snake is gonna be messy and difficult to do.
When you get to a clog in the drain, the technique is to retract and feed in back and forth while spinning to effectively unclog it. (im sure there are other techniques, im not a plumber, but thats what has worked for me) Feeding or retracting while snake is spinning on this manual one is difficult and dangerous.
just my 2 cents
Eh, manual feeding isn't that bad and being "hands-on" gives you a better feel of what the cable is actually doing down there - which is especially important if it ever binds up which allows you to stop the machine before the cable ties itself into knots which could be quite costly to extract.

You can still feel the cable with auto-feed, but it's easier to become complacent and you probably only have one hand on it.
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Quote from Mo.Abdel :
i have the HF version of this, however, i have the auto-feed.
It has saved me and unclogged my sewer many times, saved me $100 per occurance.
I do recommend skipping this though and getting the auto-feed. manually feeding and retracting the dirty snake is gonna be messy and difficult to do.
When you get to a clog in the drain, the technique is to retract and feed in back and forth while spinning to effectively unclog it. (im sure there are other techniques, im not a plumber, but thats what has worked for me) Feeding or retracting while snake is spinning on this manual one is difficult and dangerous.
just my 2 cents
I also have HF version - cant remember what I paid - but have used several times sucussfully with no complaints
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If you are renting or hiring out rooting every year, and 50 foot is enough for your house, then i guess you could stay on top of it with this. I have been using a jetter (100' pressure washer hose with a tip that shoots forward to clear and sideways/back to keep it centered and pull it down the pipe) but am worried that it doesn't cut the larger roots. The larger ones aren't what clog, but i'm guessing that it makes long term (breaking) worse. I plan to start doing chemicals soon, was hoping for a deal.

I will also add that if you do have problems often you should add repair/replacement to your insurance. The actuaries don't take important things into account, and so it is pretty cheap, i think mine is around $100/yr, where even a basic repair is thousands. neighbor had a small section replaced and it was around $5k.
This was me before biting the bullet and replacing our sewer line - driving to the HD Pro to rent this thing and wrestle with it all afternoon and then return it the next morning. Not fun at all.

Buying one would have saved me the poop-covered trips, but that meant storing the poop-covered thing year-round.

Best of luck to all of you who have read this far!
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Having just replaced my 59 year old orangeburgh main sewer line, I no longer need something like this. A few months ago, I would've probably jumped on this. Last clog didn't budge with one of the ballon / water pressure clog removers. Took a plumber 3 tries with his pipe snake to clear it.

Four rental for similar from HD is $50 to $80.
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Drain Cleaner: states 25' cord...is it a typo. Everything else state 50'x1/2". Just making sure I won't end up with a 25'. Thanks
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IMO, this is a weird one for homeowner use as something to keep on hand. For in home use a smaller snake is probably right. If your main sewer line is clogging regularly, invest in some raisin bran or stop flushing things that shouldn't be flushed. If the condition of the line is causing the clogs, the solution is only going to get more expensive if you put off repairs. Bite the bullet and have the thing re-lined before a structural failure requires excavation.
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This looks very similar with Harbor Freight's PACIFIC HYDROSTAR [harborfreight.com]. I'm not surprised if they have the same manufacturer. I got it 2 years ago when it was on sale for $200, so at this price, it's a good deal. Definitely good for root in my situation. Definitely too big/stiff for indoor plumbing.
My house has a big tree next to the main sewer line, So it got clogged by root once in awhile even I use preventive measure such as Root X. This has been saving me lots of money from calling a plumber ($350 in my area)
Pros:
  • Cheap and does the job.
  • Cable seems very strong and sturdy
  • Good build, at least for residential use
  • You can get 50 ft. extension/replacement (for Hydrostar, not sure if it's compatible with this one) at harbor freight: https://harborfreight.com/drain-c...63269.html
Cons:
  • Heavy and there is no wheel to moving it around. But I have mini dolly to lugging it around.
  • no auto-feed as someone mentioned above. It means it can be tricky to use for the first few times. I still got it twisted once in awhile (see tips below)
Tips:
  • Get a thick leather gloves when using it. It saves my fingers from breaking when it got twisted and pinching.
  • Do it slowly and don't rush. this to prevent the cable getting twist, which could lead to getting tangled inside the drum and/or pinching your fingers.
Note: I'm just a homeowner, not a plumber (or expert by any means), so take my comment above as a grain of salt Smilie
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