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General Pipe Cleaners

When you need to open a clogged sewer or drain, you need tough, reliable equipment to do the job. General Wire builds the industry's most reliable sewer and drain cleaners with the most rugged and reliable parts for the toughest jobs. From cutting heads to electrical systems, General Pipe Cleaners makes the toughest tools around.

Founded by Abe Silverman over 80 years ago and after working with his uncle, Frank Magidson, owner of Rapid Wire Spring in Pittsburgh, a remarkable inventor in his own right, who held several patents for ingenious machines including, automatic shoe shine machines, rocking cradles and many more. Frank passed on his entrepreneurial spirit which encouraged Abe to go out on his own, and with only a handful of employees, set up shop on the first floor of a downtown Pittsburgh building. General Pipe Cleaners has continually improved their reliability, building machines for professional use and maintenance in plants, buildings, schools, restaurants and hotels. The third generation owned company manufacturers a full line of drain cleaning tools designed for the hardware/DIY market, including drain augers, top snakes, toilet augers, flat sewer rods and inexpensive power drain cleaners for the home handyman. General's snakes and components are made of high quality steel right here in the USA, making them the most durable in the industry. Whether you need to clear clogged sinks, tubs, laundry drains or cut through tough root blockages, General has a drain cleaning machine for you.

Why Buy General Pipe Cleaners? Opening a clogged sewer or drain calls for tough equipment. General Pipe Cleaners builds sewer and drain cleaners with the most rugged components, from cutting heads to electrical systems. General Pipe Cleaners has been making pipe cleaners since 1930 and have continually improved their reliability. For instance, years ago they introduced our Flexicore® cable, which is reinforced with wire rope. It's still the toughest cable you can buy.

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General Pipe Cleaners builds machines for professional use and for maintenance in plants, buildings, schools, restaurants, and hotels. They also make machines exclusively for the rental industry, and the highest quality drain cleaning tools available for the hardware/home center market. General Pipe Cleaners also gives you the broadest warranty in the industry.
Opening clogged drains calls for tough equipment. That’s why General Pipe Cleaners manufactures sewer and drain cleaning equipment with the most durable components, from our Flexicore® wire rope center cables to our reinforced steel frames and drums. Whether you need to clear clogged sinks, tubs and laundry drains, or cut through tough root stoppages, General has a drain cleaning machine for you

General Wire Super Vee Drain Cleaner

General Wire Super-Vee

General Pipe Cleaners Super-Vee

The small line specialist. For kitchen, bathroom, laundry drains, and lines up through 3" in diameter. The Super-Vee has a patented Slide-Action Chuck built right into the grip shield. Just slide it back to grip the cable; forward to release it. Automatically adjusts for different size cables.

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General Pipe Cleaners Power-Vee

With power cable feed - works great in tight spots. In tight or awkward places, the Power-Vee is like having a third hand. To feed the cable, just start the Power-Vee and squeeze the feed lever. To retract it, reverse the motor and squeeze the lever. It feeds 3/8" cables at 16 ft. per minute.

General Wire Drain-Rooter PH

General Pipe Cleaners Drain-Rooter PH

The Clean Machine

Equipped with a variable speed power cable feed and variable speed motor, the Drain-Rooter PH makes drain cleaning jobs easier and faster. It feeds and retrieves the cable at up to 16 ft. per minute and a four-foot guide hose eliminates cable whipping, dirty fixtures and messy floors.

General Wire Mini-Rooter

General Pipe Cleaners Mini-Rooter

Gives you light weight with a long reach. With 75 feet of 3/8" cable and a 1/3 hp motor, the inexpensive Mini-Rooter clears lines from roof top to basement. You can do heavier work in 4" lines when the machine is equipped with 1/2" cable.

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General Pipe Cleaners Mini-Rooter XP

Extra portability and performance. The Mini-Rooter XP keeps the weight on the ground and maximizes mobility with 8" semi-pneumatic wheels. A variable speed power cable feed quickly adjusts between 3/8" and 1/2" cables.

General Wire Sewerooter T-3

General Pipe Cleaners Sewerooter T-3

For inside jobs from 2" thru 4" in Diameter. Ten inch wheels and a tall handle make the Sewerooter T-3 an easy machine to move around. Drum holds 100 feet of 1/2" Flexicore cable. Power cable feed gives you an easy way to feed cables, driving them into the line and retracting them without reversing the motor.

General Wire Metro-Rooter

General Pipe Cleaners Metro-Rooter

Root cutting power at a great price. The Metro-Rooter is a tough root cutting machine in a compact, lightweight package, at a price that's easy on tight budgets. With 75 feet of 5/8" cable it handles roots and other difficult obstructions in 3" to 6" lines ideal for city drain cleaners, plumbers and contractors.

General Wire Maxi-Rooter

General Pipe Cleaners Maxi-Rooter

Root cutting power plus big capacity. The Maxi-Rooter holds 125 feet of 3/4" cable and can drive a lot more. Clears roots, grease, sand and scale from sewers. Heavy duty 3/4 hp motor swivels out of the way for easy drum removal. Machine has truck loading front wheel and lifting handles to make it easier to roll it into truck.

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General Pipe Cleaners I-95

It's three machines in one. With the I-95, you can clear 2"- 3" lines up to 125 ft. long with 5/8" x 7-1/2' sections, clear 4" lines up to 150 ft. long with 7/8" x 15' sections - or use 5/16" cables for small drain work. You switch from 7/8" to 5/8" and back by repositioning the chuck cone. Attach a small drum to the back of the machine to drive smaller cables.

General Wire Root 66

General Pipe Cleaners Root 66

Uses sectional cable for 1-1/4' thru 4" lines. The Root 66 is for all your inside and roof top jobs. Use 7/8" sectional cables for 4" lines; use 5/8" sectional cables for lines up to 3"; or slip on a small drum for sink drain work. Do all the switching without adapters or tools.

General Wire Rodrunner

General Pipe Cleaners Rodrunner

Self-feeds reinforced sectional cables. The Rodrunner features two-way operation. You can run the machine "lawn mower" fashion, standing behind it as the cable screws into the line. Or for close-up work, the wheel brake is set, the power switch becomes a foot switch, and the rear guide hose contains the spinning cable. The Rodrunner can handle tough stoppages in 3" - 10" lines as far as 200 feet away.

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General's water jets are ideal for clearing soft stoppages and ice from clogged drain lines. They use a stream of high pressure water that hits the stoppage and flushes it away. The thrust of the nozzle drives the hose down the line and gives you wall-to-wall pipe cleaning action. You'll find plenty of uses for General's jetters - in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, factories, and septic systems. This page illustrates our full line of water jets. Click on a machine you're interested in for more information. Or contact the Drain Brains® at General.

General Pipe Cleaners J-2512 Typhoon

The J-2512 Typhoon trailer jet is ideal for clearing big lines with high water flow requirements or remote jobs far from a water source. 12-gallons of water pulsate down the line every minute at a powerful 2500 psi to blast lines clear of grease, sediment, and debris.

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General Pipe Cleaners J-3000

The J-3000 is great for large lines and long runs, as well as small lines. And it's much more powerful than smaller electric jets. A 3000 psi, 4 GPM triplex pump with Vibra-pulse® on demand drives the hose easily around tight bends and down long runs.

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General Pipe Cleaners J-2900

The J-2900 is an economical alternative to the J-3000. It's lighter and more maneuverable, yet maintains the same pressure and flow rate as the J-3000. It's driven by an 13 hp engine connected directly to a 3000 psi, 4 GPM pump.

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General Pipe Cleaners J-1400

The compact, easy-to-use J-1400 generates 1500 psi at 1.7 GPM, yet pulls only 13 amps. It's powered by a 1-1/2 hp dual capacitor sealed motor with an in-line Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It's equipped with Vibra-pulse® to work the hose around tight bends in small lines.

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General Pipe Cleaners J-1600

Slide the J-1400 onto a cart with a hose reel and you have the J-1600. The unit generates 1500 psi at 1.7 GPM, yet pulls only 13 amps. The specially designed cart has a heavy duty frame, 150 ft. hose reel, and rolls on two pneumatic tires.

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General Wire Closet Augers

General Pipe Cleaners Closet Augers

Closet Augers are the choice of plumbers and maintenance personnel for clearing clogged toilets. General offers four models. Our Professional closet auger features dual layer inner core to resist kinking while providing the right amount of flexibility. All are supplied with tri-lingual display card and instructions. Shop Toilet Augers by General Pipe Cleaners.

General Wire AutoCut

General Pipe Cleaners AutoCut

Quicker than conventional copper tubing cutters, the AutoCut™ is a great tool to have when you don't have enough swing room to use a full size tubing cutter. You can cut copper tubing with less than one inch of clearance. Or you can easily handle close stub-out work. Just snap it on the tube, close the gate and turn. The cutter wheel automatically tightens as you turn the AutoCut - no knobs to twist. Shop Pipe and Tubing Cutters by General Pipe Cleaners.

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