Ridgid 3800

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by fixitright, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. fixitright

    fixitright New Member

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    Found a deal on a brand new Ridgid 3800 with 75' of 3/8" for $800.00
    A worthwhile purchase?

    I can tell how much a K400 is adored by many but for an inside non
    main machine will I be happy with the 3800 and is it far Superior to a K400?

    Should last for years?

    What can it do with the optional 1/2' line?

    Thanks
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    the $800.00 may be ridiculous, I would not pay half that much for it, and 3/8" cable is worthless in my opinion. 75' of 1/2" cable would be, and is, my minimum.
  3. AssTyme

    AssTyme Plumber

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    Looks like a good deal. I prefer the Spartan 100 but the Ridgid 3800 would be a good choice for 1 1/4" - 2" lines. I run 75' of 13/32" in my 100 but 3/8" will be fine. I would think 1/2" would be a bit much for small drains and it's too little machine for main lines.

    Might also want to check out the Eel Model N.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  4. fixitright

    fixitright New Member

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    Thank you for your reply's. I do appreciate your positive attitude AssTyme. I'ts refreshing and much easier to follow.
    For $800.00 a brand new k3800 is a good deal and really hard to pass up.

    It seems folks here are loyal to their particular machines (toys) and I can respect that.

    Again thanks.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; I would think 1/2" would be a bit much for small drains

    I have NOT been using anything smaller than 1/2" cable, (other than 5/16 for sink strainers and bathtubs), for 50 years and have NOT had any problem in 1 1/2" drains. For $800.00, I could buy a multi drum machine with small cables for 2" and smaller and a large one for 3" and bigger.
  6. AssTyme

    AssTyme Plumber

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    I don't know how much drain cleaning you do but I sometimes have problems getting a 5/16" cable around some of the old 1 1/2" 90's.

    What brand and model machine are you referring to ?
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Mine is a Burton Powersnake, and I do a LOT of drain cleaning, and have done it for 60 years, and ONLY use a 5/16" cable in my cordless Ridgid handheld for lavatory and tub drains when I have to go through the "P" traps. I do NOT try to snake through "P" traps with my larger machine. I did work with someone years ago who tried to do so, and he THOUGHT he was feeding the snake into the sewer, but when he pulled it back, he found out the trap was filled with a lot of 12" lengths of cable because he was "snapping" it into little pieces by going into the "U" bend.
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