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    Can Anyone tell me where to locate a quality air operated foot switch? I have a couple of machines that use them, but they dont seem to hold up very long. Nothing more irritating than being on a job when the thing springs a leak. Thanks

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    I use the spartan foot switch on all of my drum snakes for years, I found it just lasted longer than the rest.
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    Sorry about this.....your thread is gonna get hijacked....but I don't even use mine anymore as I was tired of it breaking all the time and the cost of always getting a new one......be prepared, I am gonna get blasted.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maintenancetech View Post
    Can Anyone tell me where to locate a quality air operated foot switch? I have a couple of machines that use them, but they dont seem to hold up very long. Nothing more irritating than being on a job when the thing springs a leak. Thanks
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    I use the Spartan switches also. I just ordered a bulb (not the switch, just the rubber hose and pedal) from Draincables Direct to replace my 8-9 year old Spartan that leaks. We'll see how it holds up.





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    I hate them that are directly connected to the machine. I removed the air switch on my MyTana M661 and hard wired it to bypass the air switch. I use a plug through foot pedal like come with the Gorlitz machines on the My-Tana now. I am going to do it to the K6200 next. I don't like the idea of having a job stop because of a rubber hose. Wrapping cords around the machine makes for an eventual break. Modular is better.

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    I've had best luck with the ones from DCD. But even then it only lasted around 8 months. All have developed a hole at the same exact location on the seam by the hose nipple

    I do around 10 main lines per week.

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    I did look at the spartan pedals and they do appear to be made with a plate on the bottom and rivets. Looks like a better idea than others I have used. Where is the best place to purchase them. Any idea on the prices? I found them on Spartan's Web site for 33.00 + 10.00 shipping. If you have somewhere better please post link Thanks

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    To those that have by-passed the air operated switch or, changed it to an electric switch consider yourselves blasted.
    IMHO it is pretty damn dumb to risk getting yourself dead wrapped up in a cable or, electrocuted by an electric switch in a wet area. Getting a job done at that risk doesn't have a high enough price tag attached to it and if I was your employer and I found out about it you would be gone! Good Gawd think about it! It's only a clogged drain....

    The Foot Switches that Drain Cables Direct sells are the best type and they are the ones I use even though mine were purchased long before I knew of Drain Cables Direct. It is also the same switch that is used on the Spartan Machines except Drain Cables Direct sells it for $20.50 instead of the $33 that Spartan charges...



    The only weak link on these air pedals are the hose. Change the air connection at the machine to a 90-degree elbow to eliminate stress on the hose at the hose barb connection when you wrap the hose and change the hose to a Braid Reinforced PVC Tubing with clamps you can service in the field. A repair is as simple as tightening a clamp or, cutting off the end and reconnecting it.



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