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    1. What drill are you guys running? We have this drill that we use to run our Borzit. Is it manly enough to run 1 1/4" Eel cable?
    2. Where do you buy your Eel cable and cutters?


    We need something with a good measure of testosterone but that is lightweight in case we need to get on a roof so we don't have to break our back like we did last Friday. (ya, ya, I know) I like the concept of a K60 for that purpose, but when it comes to the machine itself as I read the forums the K60 is the single most talked about machine with regards to repairs, maintenance, recurring problems such as motor, clutch, jaws, and bearings, so for me I have concluded it is underbuilt and some guys ask way too much of it even though I have never even laid eyes on one. We are 100% on the drum side of the line but again, I'd rather race around like a chicken with my head cut off adding sections than try to drag a drum machine onto the roof if that is what is needed. Also could come in handy for crawlspace cleanouts too. Therefore I find my interest in the drill and eel setup growing more and more, especially since I already have a good drill which I hope is tough enough for the job.

    Drill and eel guys, let me know what you think and don't let's everyone derail this thread just because of my mention of roofs and my K60 and drum/sectional opinions. Once Rod, Will, etc. give me some good, sound advice, then it's all yours, you can have at it once again. bangin.gifwallbash.giflaughing.gif
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    That drill will be fine.

    You will also need the output shaft & coupling from the Model C.

    http://www.industromart.com/new_page_4.htm
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    I use the Milwaukee Hole Shooter. But you could use the Hole-Hawg, Super-Hole Hawg, Dewalt DW124 (timberwolf), Mikita version of the hole-hawg or Any heavy duty right-angle drill.

    I use this Drill

    http://www.milwaukeetool.com/tools/d...650-rpm/1610-1

    I like the RPMs and how it has the handle on the back of the drill. I like the feel of it over a Hole-Hawg or Right-Angle drill. They have close to the same torque, I just prefer the feel of the Hole-Shooter with the Drill and Eel. I order my Eel stuff through my rep in Dallas, but I have heard Industromart is good to order through. I think Asstyme bought his Model C through them? Electric Eel has the best cutter heads on the market hands down, and it ain't even close. I have had no issues yet with my 1.25" or 7/8" j-cable from Electric Eel. So that is who I use. It's damn good cable if you ask me, but other say General is better, but Eel has never let me down so that is what I use. I've been stuck in some bad situations with the Electric Eel cable, and it has yet to fail me. I have alot of faith in my eel cable to get the job done and to last a long time.

    I'd get my stuff through Industromart if Asstyme said his order went smooth, or see if Eel has a rep in your area. Get you a Hole Shooter like I use(Rod uses one too I think) or get you a DW124.
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    we use the super hole hawg with the eel cables....

    I have 2 k-60 and do regular grease and lube on both machines and they work just perfect and we use them 1-3 times each and every day. The eel can get on the roof no problem....we have done it a few times

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    Our drill is a compact Hole Shooter like yours only it is the 1660-6 model, same amperage but geared to 450 rpm, so it just might work on eel cables, 'specially since Gary says so. Should have a little more torque but won't be as speedy I suppose.

    Which 1 1/4" cable do you buy?

    Another thing, if a guy could rig up an adapter why wouldn't something like this work on a smaller, less torquey but high rpm drill with General 7/8" I/C, for a quick getaway on easy jobs in 3" and 4"?
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    Your drill should do just fine. 450 rpms is plenty. I use the standard Electric Eel 1.25" cable with the 1/2" inner core. I also run the 7/8" Electric Eel J-Cable with the 7/16" inner core. Electric Eel makes adapter to adapt from 1.25" to 7/8" cable. The 7/8" cable works great with the drill. It's my secret weapon on 2" roof vents.
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    I wonder if you can get a 7/8 Ridgid adapter?

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    Your going to love the drill and eel! Your drill will get it done. For me 8 foot sections work best in my local basements. I get my eel cutters right from eel I carry 40 feet per reel nice and light bucket with drill cutters cord and pipe wrench. If I need more cable I just grab another reel nice and light easy in easy out won't break your balls has plenty of power.
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    For just the basics to get started, what cutters would you buy? FYI, I've never seen a 6" sewer here, all sewers are 4".
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