Drain cleaning professionals ignore new technology at their peril. As in most industries, if your competition has equipment that is better, faster, safer, and more professional, it puts you at a serious disadvantage. One need only look at the history of our industry in the past 30 years to see the truth in these statements Read more
Drain cleaning professionals ignore new technology at their peril. As in most industries, if your competition has equipment that is better, faster, safer, and more professional, it puts you at a serious disadvantage. One need only look at the history of our industry in the past 30 years to see the truth in these statements.
What is the next big thing in our industry that you need to be paying attention to? Flex-Shaft Technology! It’s like putting a weed-whacker down the drain, and you can use your camera system to give it pinpoint accuracy.
Several years ago, we noticed that plumbers engaged in pipe relining were using high speed Flex-Shaft Technology to prep and mill their sewer lines. Flex-shaft machines utilize a swiftly rotating wire coil, much like a speedometer cable, inside a flexible hollow tube or hose. A high speed motor is connected at the back end and a cutting device, often a carbide tipped chain, is attached at the front end. Because these cutters rotate at approximately 2,000 RPM, flex-shaft machines are adept at milling, pipe prep and root removal.
When outfitted with the proper cutting tool, they leave the pipe in perfect condition to adhere to the material used in the pipe relining procedure. For this reason, they are used extensively in the pipe relining industry, and have also become popular with plumbers and drain cleaners whose only goal is to cut and remove root incursions.
One advantage that this technology has over snake style machines is that the outside tube or hose on the unit doesn’t rotate. This means that you can put the flex-shaft machine and a pipe inspection push rod down the pipe at the same time, giving the contractor a real-time view of the action. This ability to give you pinpoint control over the cutting process is a game changer that can save you time and money.
The only major weakness reported by users of this technology is its inability to muscle through a tough clog. But, that was before the General Flexi-Rooter®. It is a flex-shaft device tough enough to open a stubbornly clogged drain, as well as performing as a pipe prep and milling machine.
General’s Flexi-Rooter is unique because it has a stronger and stiffer flexible shaft and outer sheath than competitive units, giving it the straight-line cutting power needed to open solidly clogged drains.
Plus, the Flexi-Rooter can wield General’s unique ClogChopper® as a forward cutting tool, giving it unparalleled flexibility and the power to cut through the toughest obstructions.
The process of pairing the flex-shaft machine with a camera system is much easier to perform with the Flexi-Rooter because it has an air activated foot switch! This leaves both of your hands free to control the flex shaft and the camera’s pushrod, keeping the camera head close enough to see where the cutter is positioned, but not close enough to damage it.
The Flexi-Rooter emerges as the clear favorite for contractors searching for the best way to fully utilize this new technology in the real world!
For more information, call the Drain Brains at 800-245-6200, or visit www.drainbrain.com/FlexiRooter.
From February 17-20, 2020, the WWETT Show – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, will take over the Indiana Convention Center for the world’s largest annual trade show within the wastewater & environmental services industry. With new dates for 2020, the four-day trade show packs over 100 world-class education sessions, business opportunities, collaboration Read more
From February 17-20, 2020, the WWETT Show – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, will take over the Indiana Convention Center for the world’s largest annual trade show within the wastewater & environmental services industry. With new dates for 2020, the four-day trade show packs over 100 world-class education sessions, business opportunities, collaboration with industry professionals, a slate of live demonstrations, exposure to cutting-edge technology trends and the latest product launches across multiple industry segments.
“Over the years, the WWETT Show continues to demonstrate why it is the number one trade show event within the wastewater & environmental services industry,” said Douglas Lugo, director of the WWETT Show. “We recognize the importance of providing a space where professionals can connect and grow their business, as well as sharpen their skills all in one place. Knowing that people walk away from our show with new ideas, connections and equipment, lets us know the WWETT Show is making an impact in the industry.”
Known as the premier global wastewater event of the year, the WWETT Show is home to municipalities, plumbers, portable sanitation professionals, septic contractors, sewer contractors and wastewater professionals. Connecting manufacturers with representatives, highlights the importance of seeking ideas and solutions from respected leaders in the industry, and creates a customized trade show experience all under one roof.
WWETT Show 2020 Key Highlights
Smart Wastewater Initiative
In a time where shrinking water sources and massive flooding are affecting us globally, it is important to discuss how crucial this is to our future’s sustainability. Oliver Grievson, chairman of Wastewater Education 501(c)3, will explore the topic of the smart wastewater industry in three action packed sessions.
The WWETT Show Marketplace will feature over 600 exhibitors, 50 of which are new, looking to expand their business and maximize their buying potential. 6 in 10 attendees place purchase orders at the show and two-thirds of attendees will purchase within the year. On the expo floor, attendees will find thousands of products on display, meet directly with product representatives, as well as see, touch, and feel products and equipment. Top exhibitors to see include:
- Federal Signal Environmental Solutions Group
- Satellite Industries
- Super Products, LLC
Sewer Equipment Co. of America
- Imperial Industries, Inc.
- Hi-Vac Corporation
- Spartan Tool, LLC
- GapVax, Inc.
- Vermeer Corporation
- JAG Mobile Solutions, Inc.
- PolyJohn Enterprises, Inc.
The WWETT Show offers an unparalleled, best-in-value education program led by top industry experts and professionals from respected associations, businesses, and manufacturers. Choose from an array of sessions, obtain continuing education units (CEUs) from approved states, provinces and organizations, or just up your game to gain knowledge on the latest industry trends. With a Full Education Package (FEP), attendees will have access to all sessions listed on the WWETT Show website.
The WWETT Show provides up close and personal experiences through live demos. Show attendees can watch leading industry manufacturers in action as they show off their latest products and equipment. Held in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, WWETT Live! creates a fun and engaging experience everyone will enjoy. Companies to see include: GapVax, Inc., Hammerhead® Trenchless and NozzTeq® Inc.
Industry Appreciation Party
New to 2020, show attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the WWETT Show Industry Appreciation Party powered by Spartan Tool and Picote. The event will feature live entertainment from Cornfield Mafia and an opportunity for photos with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders. Admission is free to all attendees with a registration badge.
To learn more about the WWETT Show and to register, visit www.wwettshow.com.
The Water Expo is taking place on August 28 and 29 at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami, Florida. The expo will highlight equipment, technologies, products & know-how for the wastewater, sewer infrastructure, plumbing, environmental services, portable sanitation, water quality and high pressure industries. Who attends: Plumbing Contractors and Installers Water & Sewer Organizations Read more
The Water Expo is taking place on August 28 and 29 at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami, Florida.
The expo will highlight equipment, technologies, products & know-how for the wastewater, sewer infrastructure, plumbing, environmental services, portable sanitation, water quality and high pressure industries.
- Plumbing Contractors and Installers
- Water & Sewer Organizations & Contractors: Public/Private
- Engineers & Consultants
- Environmental Service Professionals
- Underground Utility Contractors
- Septic Systems/Portable Sanitation Operator
- Water Treatment Facility/Plant Operators
- Water Utilities/Plants
- Decentralized Water Systems Installers/Operators
- Water Filtration & Purification Wholesalers, Retailers & Users
- Water Testing Laboratories & Professionals
- Specifiers & Managers for Residential/Commercial Applications
- Exporters & Importers
The show will have over 150 Exhibits (indoor & outdoor), 50+ Educational Sessions and courses, live demos, happy hour party and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend one of the fastest growing shows in the industry! Register Now with discounted rates valid until August 15.
For more information visit www.TheWaterExpo.com or call us at (305) 412-3976.
LARGE CAPACITY, LIGHTWEIGHT SEWEROOTER T-3™ CLEARS 2″ TO 4″ LINES UP TO 100 FT. LONG The lightweight Sewerooter T-3™ from General Pipe Cleaners packs the power, portability, and capacity to clear clogs from 2″ to 4″ diameter lines up to 100 feet long. Optimized for inside work, the Sewerooter T-3 features a fold down handle Read more
Optimized for inside work, the Sewerooter T-3 features a fold down handle and tough, reinforced tubular frame on big 10″ wheels for easy transport to and from the job.
Especially effective on tough blockages, the labor-saving Power Cable Feed provides maximum feed control of 1/2″ or 3/8″ cable. The accompanying Guide Tube and optional extensions prevent cable whipping and kinking.
Powered by a heavy duty 1/3 hp capacitor-type motor with thermal overload protection, the Sewerooter T-3 sports a rugged powder coated metal drum with a capacity of 100′ of 1/2″ Flexicore® cable. Quick and easy to remove, the design features an inner drum to prevent cable tangling under load.
Heavy duty wire tightly coiled around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope, Flexicore® cable offers unequalled strength — and the right amount of Flexibility. It’s so tough that it carries a one-year warranty against defect or breakage – the best warranty in the business.
For details contact the Drain Brains® at General Pipe Cleaners at 800-245-6200 or 412-771-6300, or visit www.drainbrain.com.
General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co., is a leading manufacturer of high quality American-made drain cleaning equipment. In business since 1930, the third-generation family-owned company is celebrating over 85 years of service to drain cleaning professionals and plumbing contractors, as well as facilities managers, the rental industry and the hardware/home center market.
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