RIDGID K-400 Drum Machine – Manual Feed
RIDGID K-400 Drum Machine – Manual Feed


Using Manual Feed Machine Grasp the cable with both gloved hands and pull
a short section about 6 to 12 inches of cable from the drum so that there
is a slight bow in the cable. You must keep your gloved hands on the
cable to control and support the cable. Warning: Improper cable support can
allow the cable to kink or twist and can damage the cable or injure the operator. Starting the cable in the drain Confirm at least 1 foot of
cable is in the drain. Press the foot switch to start the machine. Feed the rotating cable into the drain. The rotating cable will slowly
work its way into the drain as you push on the cable with gloved hands. The person controlling the cable
must also control the foot switch. Do not operate the drain cleaner with 1 person
controlling the cable while another person controls the foot switch. This can lead to kinking,
twisting, and breaking of the cable. If it is hard to get the cable
through a trap, the following methods or combination of methods can be used: First, sharp downward thrusts on the cable both
with and without the cable turning can help to get the tool to pass through the trap. A second method is to run
the drain cleaner in reverse for several seconds while pushing on the cable. Only do this long enough to get
the cable started through the trap. Running the drain cleaner in
reverse can damage the cable. A third method is to attach
a single section of C9 cable between the end of the cable and the tool. Finally, if none of these options
work, consider using a smaller diameter or more flexible cable or
a different drain cleaner. Cleaning the drain With the cable rotating in the forward
direction, pull short sections about 6 to 12 inches of cable out of the
drum and feed it into the drain. Always keep both hands on the cable. As you feed the cable into the drain,
you may feel and see the cable slow down and feel the cable start to wind or load up. This will feel like the cable
is starting to twist or squirm. Wind up may be caused by a transition in
the drain line such as a trap or elbow. A buildup in the drain such as mud
or grease or the actual blockage. Feed the cable slowly and carefully. Do not let cable build up outside the drain. This can cause the cable
to twist, kink, or break. Pay attention to the amount of cable
that has been fed into the drain. Feeding cable into a larger sewer main, septic
tank, or similar transition may cause the cable to kink or not and prevent
removal from the drain. Minimize the amount of cable fed into
the transition to prevent problems. Working the blockage If the tool at the end of the cable stops
turning, it is no longer cleaning the drain. If the tool becomes lodge in the blockage
and power is maintained to the drain cleaner, the cable will start to wind up and feel
like it is starting to twist or squirm. Having both hands on the cable allows you
to feel this windup and control the cable. If you feel the cable windup or if the
tool stops turning, pull back on the cable to free the tool from the blockage. Do not keep the cable rotating if
the tool is stuck in a blockage. If the tool stops turning and the drum keeps
rotating, the cable can twist, kink, or break. Once the tool is free of the
blockage and is turning again, you can slowly feed the rotating
cutting tool back into the blockage. Do not try to force the tool
through the blockage. Let the spinning tool dwell in the
blockage to help completely break it up. Work the tool in this manner until
is moved completely past the blockage or blockages and the drain is flowing freely. While working the blockage, the
tool and cable may become clogged with debris and cuttings from the blockage. This can prevent further progress. The cable and tool need to be retrieved from
the drain and the debris must be removed. Retrieving the cable Once the drain is open, start
a flow of water down the drain to flush the debris out of the line. Run a hose down the drain opening. Turn on a faucet in the system
or use another available method. Pay attention to the water level
because the drain could plug again. With water flowing through the drain,
retrieve the cable from the line. The forward off reverse switch
should be in the forward position. Do not retrieve the cable with a forward
off reverse switch in the reverse position. This can damage the cable. As with feeding the cable into the drain,
keep both hands on the cable for control. The tool could become caught
while being retrieved. Pull about 6 to 12 inches of
cable from the drain at a time and feed the cable back into the drum. The flow of water down the line will help
to clean the cable as it is retrieved. Continue retrieving the cable this way until
the tool is just inside the drain opening. Release your foot from the foot switch
allowing the drum to come to a complete stop. Warning: Do not pull the end of the cable
from the drain while the cable is rotating! The cable can whip around
and can cause serious injury. Place the forward off reverse switch in the off
position and with dry hands, unplug the machine. Pull the remaining cable from the drain by
hand and feed it into the drain cleaner drum. If needed, change the tool and continue
cleaning following the above process. Several passes through a line are
recommended for complete cleaning. Handling a stuck tool If the tool stops turning and the cable
cannot be pulled back from the blockage, release the foot switch while firmly
holding the cable with both hands. Do not remove your hands from the cable
or the cable may kink, twist or break. The motor will stop and the cable
and drum will turn backwards until the energy stored in
the cable is relieved. Do not remove hands from cable
until the tension is released! Place the forward off reverse
switch in the off position. The torque limiter helps to prevent cable
damage from cable flip over in the drum by stopping drum and cable rotation
when the torque exceeds a certain value. The motor will continue to rotate as
long as the foot switch is pressed. But the drum and cable will stop rotating
when the torque limiter setting is exceeded. The torque limiter cannot prevent
all cable damage in the drum and cannot prevent cable
flip over outside the drum. If the drum stops turning, the
cable and tool also stop turning. Freeing a stuck tool If the tool is stuck in the blockage with the
forward off reverse switch in the off position and the foot switch released, try pulling
the cable loose from the blockage. If the tool will not come
free from the blockage, place the forward off reverse
switch in the reverse position. Grasp the cable with both gloved hands. Press the foot switch for several
seconds and pull on the cable until it is free of the blockage. Do not operate the machine in the
reverse position any longer than required to free the cutting tool from the
blockage or cable damage can occur! Place the forward off reverse switch in the forward position and
continue cleaning the drain.

1 thought on “RIDGID K-400 Drum Machine – Manual Feed”

  1. Lone Warrior says:

    Dont know how long.this video has been here but it just helped me today. My first snake clean. Thank you.

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