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Comparing Sink and Sled Drain Cleaning Machines

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    Lori Troyer
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    By Lori Troyer

    If you are in the market for a drain cleaning machine, you need to make sure that you are purchasing the best machine to fit your needs. Drain cleaning machines are expensive, heavy-duty products that therefore require a lot of research before making a purchase decision. The three types of machines to consider are sink machines, sled machines, and upright machines. While all three types will operate properly, each are designed differently. So which type is the best for you? Let’s compare the benefits of each kind of machine to figure out which will best suit your specific needs.


    First, there are sink machines, which are for smaller jobs. Sink machines are ideal for most residential lines as they are fairly small. Despite their smaller size, they still have plenty of power. Sink machines are generally used for 1-¼” to 3” lines, making them the best option for fixing various residential lines such as sinks, bathtubs, and shower drains. These machines are also versatile, allowing their operators to work in different positions. Why lug around a mainline sewer machine to a residential job when you could instead use and transport a machine that is much smaller and easier to operate? Sink machines are the most logical option for residential. Even better, you can purchase your sink machine without worrying about it breaking because Duracable offers a 2-year warranty.

    If you were going to be doing jobs on a scale larger than residential, perhaps a sled machine would be more logical for you to consider. The sled machine is the original style of drain machine and is still very popular among technicians today. These machines vary in size, which is important to note. Smaller sled machines clean 1” to 6” lines whereas the bigger machines clean 2” to 10” lines. To give you a better understanding of when to use these machines, it is said that they are best suited for commercial and industrial jobs. Sled machines often come with polyethylene or open-spoke metal reels. Again, like the sink machines, the sled machines also come with a 2-year warranty when purchased through Duracable. The DM55 model, which is designed to handle the toughest jobs, comes with a warranty of 3 years. Not interested in the aforementioned drain cleaning machines? Perhaps an upright machine will better suit you.

    If neither a sink nor sled machine pique your interest, an upright machine may be a viable option. Upright machines can be used for both residential and industrial jobs. Duracable’s upright machines are some of the most versatile on the market. They can be operated both horizontally and vertically, and include stair gliders. Upright machines operate under a direct drive system, eliminating the need for a belt. Reels are easy to remove and change because of the swing bolts. These upright machines will save you time and money since they are easier to move and operate. And, you guessed it; the upright machines at Duracable also include a warranty like all of our drain cleaning machines.

    There you have it; the basic functions of sink, sled, and upright machines. You can now use this information to make the best decision for your specific needs. No matter what machine you choose, Duracable assures you that you can be confident in it. All of our machines are manufactured in the USA, made with top-grade materials, and come with warranties at no extra cost to you. As a company that has been producing drain cleaning machines since 1981, Duracable is the perfect machine distributor for you.
     

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