Flexicore® - General Pipe Cleaners

At the heart of our drain cleaning machines is our patented Flexicore® cable. These remarkably effective and durable drain cleaning cables save you money because they last longer.

Flexicore cables are the strongest, most durable drain cleaning cables in the industry. Professionals who have used it know that its patented design, strength, and durability put it head and shoulders above all other cables in the industry.

Watch the video to learn what makes our Flexicore wire rope center cables so durable and click the links below to learn more about Flexicore.

How it Began

It’s the snake that makes a difference

General Wire Spring founder Abe Silverman developed the first Flexicore Cable in the 1940s. Since then, generations of plumbers and contractors have considered Flexicore the industry standard for drain cleaning cables because of its matchless strength, resistance to kinking and flexibility.

Made from heavy-gauge wire coiled tightly around a 49-strand aircraft quality wire rope, it has unequaled strength with just the right amount of flexibility. This unique cable is used on all General Pipe Cleaners drum-type machines.

Flexicore gets stronger as more torque is applied. This allows it to clear tough blockages with less kinking, breakage and downtime. Less downtime means more work performed and more money for you.

Flexicore is so tough, it’s the only cable that carries a one-year warranty on defects. In fact, it’s the only cable in the industry that carries a warranty – period.

Surveys and feedback over the years confirm that successive generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals consider General their “preferred brand”. Flexicore cable remains a core reason why General continues its industry leadership with the “Toughest Tools Down the Line”!

Success Stories

The Flexicore Advantage – Boost Productivity And Profitability!

General Wire Spring founder Abe Silverman first coiled spring wire tightly around a wire rope core in the 1940s. Since then, generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals swear by the “Flexicore advantage” – matchless cable strength, kinking resistance, and flexibility.

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Extending the Life of Your Drain Cleaning Cables — As Easy as 1, 2, 3!

I was hanging out in the General Pipe Cleaner’s booth at the WWETT show in Indianapolis talking to customers when I met Michael Jackson. No… not the Michael Jackson of moonwalk fame; the plumber from Indianapolis! He might not have sold as many gold records as his namesake, but after talking to him for 15 minutes I was convinced that he had talents that would make his peers green with envy.

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Testimonials

“General equipment lets us power through tough problems that our competitors
walk away from!”

– Michael Williams, Just Drains LLC, Philadelphia, PA

“My dad always used it. And I swear by it!”

– Jeff Wall, Wall Septic & Drain Cleaning Co., MA

“Flexicore is the only cable I really trust.”

– Jack Elvig, Seattle, WA

Cables

Flexicore® Cable Application Chart

Cable DiameterFor Use in Following Pipe SizesTypical ApplicationsMaximum Recommended Distance
1/4"
(6.35 mm)
1-1/4” – 2”
(30 mm – 75 mm)
Sinks, Bathtubs, Laundry Drains, Roof stacks50’
(15 m)
5/16”
(7.9 mm)
1-1/2” to 2”
(38 – 50 mm)
Sinks, Bathtubs, Laundry Drains, Roof stacks50’
(15 m)
3/8”
(9.5 mm)
2” to 3”
(50 – 75 mm)
Small Drains, Inside Work, on Roofs75’
(22.5 m)
1/2"
(12.7mm)
3” to 4”
(75 – 100 mm)
Small Drains, Inside Work, on Roofs
(Not for Roots)
100’
(30 m)
9/16”
(14.3 mm)
3” to 4”
(75 – 100 mm)
Small Drains, Inside Work, on Roofs
(Not for Roots)
150’
(45 m)
5/8”
(15.9 m)
3” to 6”
(75 – 150 mm)
Main lines, Roots, Difficult Obstructions200’
(60 m)
3/4"
(19 mm)
4” to 10”
(75 – 250 mm)
Main lines, Roots, Difficult Obstructions200’
(60 m)

1/4″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25HE11/4" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with EL Basin Plug head
50HE11/4" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with EL Basin Plug head
25HE1-DH1/4" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Down head
50HE1-DH1/4" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Down head
25HE1-DDH1/4" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Double Down Head
50HE1-DDH1/4" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Double Down Head

5/16″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25HE1A5/16" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with EL Basin Plug head
50HE1A5/16" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with EL Basin Plug head
25HE1A-DH5/16" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Down head
50HE1A-DH5/16" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Down head
25HE1AC5/16" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Female Connector
50HE1AC5/16" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Female Connector

3/8″ Diameter Cables for Super-Vee, Power-Vee, Handylectric, & Drain Rooter

Catalog No.Description 
25HE23/8" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Female Connector
35HE23/8" x 35 ft.Flexicore® with Female Connector

3/8″ Diameter Cables for Floor Model Machines

Catalog No.Description 
25EM23/8" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
50EM23/8" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
75EM23/8" x 75 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
100EM23/8" x 100 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector

1/2″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25EM31/2" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
50EM31/2" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
75EM31/2" x 75 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
100EM31/2" x 100 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector

9/16″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25EM3A9/16" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
50EM3A9/16" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
75EM3A9/16" x 75 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
100EM3A9/16" x 100 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector

5/8″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25EM45/8" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
50EM45/8" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
75EM45/8" x 75 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
100EM45/8" x 100 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector

3/4″ Diameter Cables

Catalog No.Description 
25EM53/4" x 25 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
50EM53/4" x 50 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
75EM53/4" x 75 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector
100EM53/4" x 100 ft.Flexicore® with Male & Female Connector

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Success Stories

General Wire Spring founder Abe Silverman first coiled spring wire tightly around a wire rope core in the 1940s. Since then, generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals swear by the “Flexicore advantage” – matchless cable strength, kinking resistance, and…
Abe Silverman Pittsburgh, PA
I was hanging out in the General Pipe Cleaner’s booth at the WWETT show in Indianapolis talking to customers when I met Michael Jackson. No… not the Michael Jackson of moonwalk fame; the plumber from Indianapolis! He might not have…
Michael Jackson Indianapolis, IN
“General equipment is durable, and takes a beating,” says Michael Williams of Just Drains LLC. “We use our General tools 24/7 – 365 days a year, and they don’t fail us.” They last, too. “I bought my trusty old Sewermatic™ in 1980…
Michael Williams Philadelphia, PA