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Buying the right commercial drain cleaning machine for your business is extremely important. Not only do you need a unit that has the right features, but it will also need to be compatible with the width and length of cable you need to use.

There are also design issues to think about; how portable does the machine need to be? What size motor should it have, and of course, how much money do you have to spend?

Add to all that is the fact there’s a ton of options on the market in 2020. Deciding which commercial drain cleaner to buy can be a headache, to say the least.

Well, to assist you in your search we have carefully selected 5 top-rated cleaners covering a range of features and budgets.

For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a comprehensive review of each of our picks, keep on reading.

Best Commercial Drain Cleaning Machine

NAME
IMAGE
DETAILS
EDITOR'S CHOICE:
RIDGID 58920 K-50
Sectional, Drain-
Cleaning Machine
Cable Sizes:
5/16, 3/8, 5/8"
(Not Included)
Speed: 400 RPM
Cobra Products
3/4" x 100'
Speedway
Drain Cleaner
3/4" x 100' Cable
3/4 HP Motor
Cleans 4" to 10" lines
BEST BUDGET:
VEVOR 50' by 1/2"
Electric Drain
Cleaner
1/2" x 50' Cable
Speed: 160 RPM
Cleans 2" to 4" lines
HydroStar
Compact Electric
Drain Cleaner
1/2" x 50' Cable
1/3 HP Motor
Cleans 1" to 4" lines
Ridgid K-400
Drum Drain
Cleaning Machine
1/2" x 75' Cable
(3/8" Compatible)
1/3 HP Motor

Commercial Drain Cleaner Reviews

Our selection process and testing method involve a combination of the above criteria, plus recent customer reviews and feedback on performance, as well as analysis of how each model fares against others on the market.

1. EDITOR’S PICK: RIDGID 58920 K-50 Sectional Machine

Our top pick commercial drain cleaning machine for 2020 is this high-quality unit from the ever-reliable Rigid.

As a mid-priced option, (the Speedway offering reviewed below is substantially more expensive) there is a lot to like with the K-50.

Classed as a sectional machine, it is suitable for a wide range of commercial drain cleaning applications.

However, it is important to note that the sectional cable is sold separately to the unit in order to provide operators greater flexibility on the cable type they need.

The 3 cable sizes that are compatible with the K-50 are:

  • 5/16 inch (8 mm)
  • 3/8 inch (10 mm)
  • and 5/8 inch (16 mm)

The K-50 stands up to the normal build quality we have come to expect from Rigid tools, (the company has been a market leader since its inception all the way back in 1923).

That vote of confidence is also reflective in the extremely generous warranty that the company provides; the Rigid K-50 is supported by a lifetime warranty against defects in material or workmanship.

Despite the hard-wearing design, the machine is still lightweight and portable.

Weighing in at only 37-1/2 pounds the K-50 can literally be picked up (using the top handle) and moved to the area where work needs to be done.

The machine features an adequate 1/6 horsepower induction motor, (admittedly there are more powerful units on the market). This rotates the drain cleaning cable at 400 RPM, with the unit being a fully grounded electrical system for safety purposes.

The K-50 also has an Instant-acting cable clutch to help ensure that your cable runs efficiently and provides maximum user control. Users have forward, off and reverse toggle modes for operating the motor.

Finally, you also have the peace of mind that the machine is approved by CSA and UL Standards (115V models only.)

Package Includes
  • RIDGID Sectional Machine K-50 drain cleaning machine
  • Operator’s manual.
Specifications
  • BRAND: Ridgid (Made in the USA)
  • WORKS WITH: Other Drain Clearing Devices: 21888, 26993, 62697, 13958
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 79.2500
  • MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY: Lifetime
  • Compatible Cable Sizes: 5/16, 3/8, 5/8 inches
  • Cable Speed: 400 RPM
  • Motor: 1/6 HP
  • Tool Weight: 40 pounds
  • PACKAGE TYPE: Individual
  • POWER SOURCE: Electric – Corded
Pros of the RIDGID 58920 K-50 Sectional Machine
  • The portable design weighs just 37.5 pounds
  • Runs 3 different size cables
  • Easy to use – instant-acting cable clutch maximizes operator control
  • Approved to UUCSA Standards
  • Rigid limited lifetime warranty
The Cons
  • 1/6 HP isn’t the most powerful unit on the market by any means
  • You will have to spend several hundred dollars more on the sectional cable

Bottom Line

In our opinion, Rigid K-50 is the best commercial drain cleaning machine on the market today. It is well built, portable and with some nice user features, making it an ideal tool for the busy professional.

The fact that it can run 3 different types pf cable is also a genuine benefit. Just consider your budget however, as cables are not included in the base package.

2. COBRA PRODUCTS GIDDS-211332 3/4″ x 100′ Speedway Drain Cleaning Machine

If you are looking for an all in one commercial drain cleaning solution, the Cobra Speedway line of machines could be a great choice for you.

Rather than piecing together the kit as you would with the Rigid K-50, here you have a complete package complete with 3/4″ x 100′ slotted end cable and a 4-piece cutter set.

The Speedway also benefits from a powerful ¾ HP heavy capacitor motor. That being said, it is more expensive than our top choice commercial drain cleaner.

Other nice features related to the motor are the manual thermal overload protector switch, and the fact you have instant operation, forward-off-reverse control.

The unit is built with a “tilt-a-way” three-position power feed. The driveshaft is also fitted with grease so that drum changes can be smoothly executed.

The Speedway is a versatile beast too. Capable of cleaning 4″ to 10″ lines, this premium commercial drain cleaning machine can be used for main drains, sewer lines, and root blocks. It is clear that this is a unit designed for the working professional

The build quality is impressive too. The main unit features a double reinforced contour welded frame, (making it resistant to the inevitable knocks and bumps to and from and at the workplace); the reinforced 19″ molded cable drum is also solidly built.

Finally, there is the subject of portability. While not as convenient to carry around as the Rigid K-50, the fact that this machine has wheels and can be moved into position is a benefit.

Package Includes
  • Speedway drain cleaning machine
  • 3/4″ x 100′ slotted end cable
  • 4 piece cutter set
Specifications
  • Depth (in.): 31.81
  • Height (in.): 31.81
  • Width (in.): 24.88
  • Cable Length (ft.): 100
  • Cable Thickness (in.): 0.75
  • Cable Width (in.): 0.75
  • Power Type: Moter Powered
Pros of the Cobra Products Speedway Drain Cleaner
  • Kit contains 3/4″ x 100′ end cable plus cutter set
  • Powerful 3/4 hp heavy duty capacitor motor
  • Capable of cleaning 4″ to 10″ lines
  • Tilt-a-way three-position power feed system
  • Robust build quality with wheels for portability
The Cons
  • The most expensive machine in our top 5
  • Not as lightweight or easy to use as the Rigid K-50

Bottom Line

Overall the Speedway drain cleaning machine is a quality option for commercial operators. It has the power and versatility for the range of applications professional users will come across.

It is also a complete package from the off. Highly recommended.

3. BEST BUDGET: VEVOR 50 Feet by 1/2 Inch Electric Drain Cleaner

Our top pick budget drain cleaner is suitable for both commercial and homeowner use. While it doesn’t have the premium power and features of some of the other units in our top 5, the Vevor is still a very capable machine for the money.

Let’s take a closer look.

The inbuilt motor is capable of 160 RPM for cable extraction and while notably lower than the likes of the Rigid K-50 (which has an RPM of 400), still gets the job done.

Being a budget option it can only deal with pipes from 2″ ID to 4″ ID, however again this is to be expected.

This is a work-ready kit and comes complete with a 0.5inch x 50ft Wire Core Cable. This cable is extremely well designed and has the flexibility to negotiate multiple 90-degree bends without damaging the pipe.

The kit also includes 4 different cutters making it suitable for working on sinks, showers and floor drains.

The build quality is also good, making it appropriate for daily use. The Vevor features a premium heavy-duty steel frame with a sturdy base. The unit can easily support the wire core cable and enclosed drum that it works with.

The enclosed body also means that the workings of the unit stay clean for longer.

It is also compact and portable, (weighing in at only 72 lbs (32.5 kg), ) two attributes the working professional requires out of their drain cleaning machine.

For ease of use (and the benefit of hands-free), the machine can be operated via a sealed air-activated footswitch.

Package Includes
  • 1 x Electric Drain Pipe Cleaner
  • 5 x Interchangeable Head
  • 1 x Manual
Specifications
  • Current: 5.3A
  • Cable Diameter: 1/2 inch (13 mm)
  • Drain Line Capacity I.D.: 2 – 4 in(50.8 – 101.6 mm)
  • Horsepower: 1/3 hp(250W)
  • Motor Speed: 160 RPM
  • Cable Length: 50 ft (15.24 m)
  • Cord Length: 6 ft (1.83 m)
  • Gross Weight: 72 lbs (32.5 kg)
Pros of the VEVOR 50 Feet by 1/2 Inch Electric Drain Auger
  • High quality steel design
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Includes 0.5inch x 50ft Wire Core Cable and cutters
  • Air-activated Foot Switch
  • Protective Enclosed Drum
  • Sealed Air-activated Foot Switch
The Cons
  • Can only handle Handles pipes from 2″ ID to 4″ ID.
  • The motor is slow at 160rpms

Bottom Line

Overall, the VEVOR 50 Feet by 1/2 Inch Electric Drain Auger is a high-quality machine for the money. With its sturdy build quality, portability and work-ready for a range of applications you will not be disappointed.

However, the fact this is a budget machine does mean it lacks the power and overall functionality you will find in more premium options.

4. HydroStar Compact Electric Drain Cleaner

Another budget drain cleaning machine now in the form of this offering. The specifications here are similar to that of the Vevor, making this a suitable unit for both home operation and low-range commercial drain cleaning activities.

A robust 1/2″ x 50 ft. wire core cable is included, this is designed to eliminate breakage, tangling, and kinking as the cable travels through the pipework.

As with the Vevor machine, the pipework you can work with is a bit limited. The unit can only clean pipes between 1” to 4” in size.

On the plus side, the machine features a built-in GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) for longer life and increased safety.

It also has a 1/3 HP motor working at 5.3 amps. Adequate power but not in the same league as more premium options. The sacrifice, of course, is speed.

A sealed air-activated foot switch makes operation nice and easy. The fact that this drain cleaning machine comes with a whole host of accessories, will also please the working professional looking for a small unit that can clean in-house pipework.

The kit is shipped with four interchangeable heads for varying applications. The spade cutter pierces through stoppages, while add-ons such as the boring bulb cutter will retrieve or pushes through any stoppages.

A 1-1/2″ arrow cutter is best applied when grease build-up is the issue. A 1-1/4″ C-cutter is designed to scrape the sides of the drain line clean.

All in all, a complete drainage cleaning system for 1” to 4” pipes.

Package Includes
  • Compact Electric Drain Cleaner
  • Four interchangeable heads:
    • Spade cutter
    • Boring Bulb cutter
    • 1-1/2″ Arrow cutter
    • 1-1/4″ C-cutter
  • 1/2″ x 50 ft. wire core cable
Specifications
  • Durable steel frame
  • 120 volts, 60 Hz,
  • 3 amps 1/3 horsepower
  • Overall dimensions: 13-1/4″ L x 17-1/4″ W x 21-1/4″ H
  • Weight: 76.00 lbs.
Pros of the 1/2 inch by 50 feet Compact Electric Drain Cleaner Drum Auger
  • 1/2″ x 50 ft. wire core cable and 4 heads included
  • Budget price point
  • Built-in GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)
  • Sealed air-activated foot switch
The Cons
  • Only applicable for 1″ ID to 4″ ID pipes
  • Fitted with a low power 1/3 hp motor

Bottom Line

Much like the Vevor, this is an impressive drain cleaning machine for the money. Suitable for smaller commercial applications, this unit has everything you need to successfully clean 1” to 4” pipework. If this suits your work-load, you will not be disappointed.

5. Ridgid K-400 Drum Machine With C-45 Cable

Another high-quality Rigid machine makes our top 5 list. The K-400 is a classed as a drum machine (rather than the sectional that is our top pick) and opts for a wheeled design rather than the more portable pick up and carry.

However, we will talk about that more shortly. First, let’s take a look at some of the important specifications.

Power is adequate and more in line with the budget options review above. Rigid has opted to fit the K-400 with a 1/3 Horsepower induction motor. This also features forward/off/reverse operational modes.

The machine is capable of running 3/8-inch (for 1-1/2-inch to 3-inch lines) to 1/2-inch (for 3 to 4-inch lines) cables. The maximum length you can run with this drum machine is 100 feet.

It is, of course, suitable for commercial drain cleaning applications (otherwise it wouldn’t have made our top 5 list).

As Rigid states, the profile of the machine both in design, weight, and features is with drain cleaners, service plumbers, and institutional facility managers in mind.

This is evident with the range of accessories that are included in the kit, (see tab below for full list). Several cutters and a 1/2-inch x 75-foot solid core wound cable mean that you can be up and running as soon as the machine arrives.

It is also easy to use. The K-400 has an optional Autofeed control system that will actually power the cable in and out of the drain.

This system is designed to indicate when blockages are encountered. It will then slow or stop the cable run so that potential cable flip-over will not occur.

Admittedly, the working professional looking for a commercial machine will not necessarily want to use this, however, it is still a nice feature to have.

Finally, there’s that reassuring fact that Rigid provides a lifetime warranty against defects in material or workmanship.

If you’re using the machine every day in a commercial setting, you will appreciate that peace of mind.

Package Includes
  • RIDGID K-400 drain cleaning machine;
  • C-45 1/2-inch x 75-foot solid core cable
  • T-260 3/8-inch (10 mm) toolset that includes:
    • T-202 bulb auger,
    • T-205 “C” cutter,
    • T-211 spade cutter,
    • A-13 Pin Key;
  • RIDGID gloves,
  • Operator’s manual.
Specifications
  • Voltage: 115V
  • Amps: 6.7
  • Power: 1/3HP @ 1725 r/min
  • Drum Capacity: 100′ of 3/8″ Cable, 75′ of 1/2″ Cable
  • Length: 21″
  • Height: 23″
  • Width: 17″
Pros of the Ridgid K-400 Drum Machine With C-45 Cable
  • Kit and cable included
  • Efficient motor with high RPM
  • Autofeed system making it easy to use
  • Lifetime warranty
The Cons
  • Doesn’t offer the portability of the Rigid K-50

Bottom Line

The K-400 is a great machine for operators looking for a mid-range system that can handle a range of applications.

Rigid knows what they are doing with these machines and it shows.

However, the fact you can pick up the higher-powered K-50 for a similar price (although you will need to purchase cable and tools on top), means the professional user may want to look towards our top pick option instead.

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