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    Default Ridgid 3800

    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

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    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.


    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 ?

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