Drain cleaning tools have Tieger by the tail

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Bronx plumber, Sylvan Tieger with his Speedrooter 92 with ClogChopper cutter.

With more than 47 years as a plumber—including three years US Navy service—the Bronx-based professional offers a full range of plumbing, drain cleaning, fire suppression and emergency services for the commercial, residential and institutional markets—to the New York City area.

When he talks drain cleaning tools, he can’t help but boast about how much they help him on the job. “There’s nothing like it. It’s fantastic for clearing scale from inside lines. It flies around pipe bends!”

That’s Sylvan Tieger on the unique and revolutionary ClogChopper® cutting tools from General Pipe Cleaners.

“A registered master plumber like me can find lots of work in a city of eight million,” Tieger smiles. “My mechanic sometimes wonders why I put so little mileage on my truck; most of the time, I just travel a couple miles to jobs!”

Much of that work is new construction. “That’s where ClogChopper really shines,” he says.

Raw Cutting Power

Tieger notes that lots of construction debris—like plaster and cement powder—is often carelessly deposited in drains lines.

“You quickly get a build-up of hardened material inside pipe walls,” he points out. “ClogChopper makes short work of problems like those.”

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With six self-sharpening blades, ClogChopper digs into encrusted debris and root masses, easily grinding up stoppages, scale and crystallized urine—without risking pipe damage. It works in both directions, into and out of lines—all in one operation.

The spherical design also maneuvers around tight bends and traps, thoroughly and safely cleaning metal, plastic and clay pipes. Available in 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2”, 3”, and 4” sizes, it’s also excellent for clearing stacks, downspouts and mains – as well as for pipe lining jobs.

“ClogChopper is an amazing tool,” Tieger says. “I love how it slices through roots – and is self sharpening!”

Right Equipment Mix Tackles Tasks

Tieger routinely teams ClogChopper cutters with his Speedrooter 92® power drain cleaner—also from General.

“The combination of ClogChopper and Speedrooter 92 especially lets me tackle long-run jobs—even longer than I expected,” he claims.

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Superb for long, tough jobs, Speedrooter 92 blends rugged reliability with optimal control and ease-of-use. Great on tree roots, the field-proven machine features a braced frame at key stress points, a metal drum design for durability and longevity, and Flexicore® cable – the industry standard for toughness.

To assist on long, tough jobs, Variable Speed Power Cable Feed makes feeding and retrieving the cable easier. It drives 3/4” and 5/8” cables with no adapters needed when switching between cable sizes.

MiniRooterXP-BathroomSpeedrooter 92’s durable design also offers easy handling. One person can easily load it onto a truck. The machine’s frame slides smoothly from the loading wheel to the handle to the stair climbers and finally to the wheels. And the adjustable height, swept-back handle provides maximum maneuvering leverage.

“Pulling the handle down lets me get into small spaces,” Tieger says. “And the big wheels make it easy to maneuver on tight jobs.”

Heavy duty Flexicore cable combines superior strength and kinking resistance with just the right flexibility. It carries the best warranty in the business—one-year protection against breakage.

General’s new Speedrooter XL blends long distance clog-busting power with easier drum changes. A powerful 3/4 hp motor drives the cable up to 200 ft. down the line to clear tough clogs in lines 3” to 10” lines.

Change drums to add cable lengths or swap cable sizes with ease. Just loosen three knobs and remove the drum. Switch between 3/4” or 5/8” cables in the large drum design, or substitute the small drum with 100 feet of 1/2” cable for smaller lines.

Sylvan Tieger’s equipment array also includes General standards like the Mini-Rooter XP® and Super-Vee® cable drain cleaners.

Easy to transport and maintain, Mini-Rooter XP unclogs drains from rooftop to basement – including kitchen, bath and laundry lines. It carries 75 ft. of 3/8” or 1/2” Flexicore® cable – yet weighs about 60 lbs.

The hand-held Super-Vee® easily unclogs sink, shower, toilet, and laundry drain lines up to 3” in diameter. With a dependable motor, durable aluminum drum, and tough Flexicore cable, it withstands the most demanding small line jobs – and keeps working year after year.

“The reason I stuck with General for the last 47 years is the quality,” Sylvan Tieger concludes. “I can’t find anything better than General equipment on the market!”

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