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    Quote Originally Posted by DRAINSMITH View Post
    Well hell if money is no object the Cleaner mag had a used Envirosight system only used 5 times for only $250,00.00.
    I don't think it's necessarily money not being an object. I feel if you spend a little more, you get a better return on your investment. Let's say you drop 3 grand on a camera system but it's limited in what it can do. As soon as you can't complete certain jobs you'll be sorry that you didn't spend the extra 2 grand to get a more capable system. I'd rather spend the extra now rather than having to upgrade later. I feel it's best to buy the biggest you can afford, because growing into something is easier than being forced to upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phishfood View Post
    2" - 4" for the most part, occasional 1 1/2" & 6".
    Those pipe sizes are fine but how long of runs? Plastic pipe? If doing plastic I think the compact is fine, if doing clay, concrete, cast iron or offseted pipes then the compact is not a good choice because it does not have the strength in the cable and you will kink it!! If you kink it you only started with 100 ft to begin with and now after repair may be too short to be usable on all jobs. Take it from me I started with the compact to conserve money thinking I would buy bigger later. The space between the mini and the compact is not that much, I would buy a used mini before I bought a new compact (or used lol) Remember Seesnakes have an odometer built into them so you can check feet used in it's life.
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    I have used the Ridgid Mini in 3" lines, how does it like 1 1/2" and 2" lines?

    I have used the Mini in cast up to 4" and 6" clay. The 6" clay was definitely a challenge to push through.

    And, a really big thank you. You guys have been taking the time to help me out with your hard earned experience, and I very much appreciate it.
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    1.25" camera head the amount of bends is what stops you. If you need to do small lines then one of the newer micro cameras is in order.
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    I bought a mini a few years ago. I was trying to get something that would work in the most situations.

    What I've found is it's a good cam for 3" and 4". Long straight runs of 2" or 1 1/2" are fine but put a 90 in there and you are done.

    You can push it through 6". If it's draining, turn some water on and it will push a lot farther. The lighting starts to become an issue though. A full size cam is really needed in 6"

    Since I have bought the Micro drain, I have seriously been considering selling my mini and buying a full size. Or keep the mini and buy a full size, maybe a used one.

    Just my experience, but I think I am better served with two cam's- one larger and one smaller.

    All the good brands have their pros and cons. The el cheapo ones have no pros and lots of cons. Stick with one of the major players.

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    What he said^^^^^^^^^^


    One reel isn't going to do it all.

    I roll with the microdrain, microreel and seesnake plus.

    My only real complaint, the microreel lighting sucks with the optional counter unless you run it from a full size monitor but then you loose the counter

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssTyme View Post
    What he said^^^^^^^^^^


    One reel isn't going to do it all.

    I roll with the microdrain, microreel and seesnake plus.

    My only real complaint, the microreel lighting sucks with the optional counter unless you run it from a full size monitor but then you loose the counter
    Seems like you are the guy I need to talk to. I need a camera for 3" floor drains and possibly 2" shower drains. They are cast iron and gal, no PVC. Which is better, micro drain or micro reel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYC drain guy View Post
    Seems like you are the guy I need to talk to. I need a camera for 3" floor drains and possibly 2" shower drains. They are cast iron and gal, no PVC. Which is better, micro drain or micro reel?


    Haven't ran through a whole lot of traps but I would say microdrain.

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    Although I have ran my microreel through a 3" cast floor drain.

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    I picked up the Compact Color this evening, and I will be attempting an inspection of a 1955 vintage 4" cast iron sewer tomorrow morning. A report will follow.
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