Model 88™ - General Pipe Cleaners

The Model 88 is almost as easy to run as a lawnmower. You push eight- or ten-foot cable sections into the line until you reach some resistance. Then attach the rear cable coupling to the machine, stand behind it, and turn it on. Watch the cable feed itself into the line. When a section has run into the drain, attach another one and keep going. This self-feeding feature also works to pull sections out of the line.

The Model 88 handles jobs up to 200 ft. long in lines from 3″ to 10″ diameter. A standard 3/4 hp capacitor motor supplies plenty of power, and an adjustable safety clutch protects cables and operator.

Sections come in two styles: all-purpose Flexichain, which has a chain center, and the stiffer Proflex, which has a spring center. A chain assures easier cable retrieving if the Flexichain spring should break. The inner spring in the Proflex gives it greater stiffness, which is desirable for long or tough jobs. The outer spring is right-hand wound for faster self-feeding.

Couplings are shown below. Both types snap together in a second and are taken apart quickly with a spanner wrench or screwdriver. With the newer “G” connector, no tension is on the locking pin when running in reverse, making it a more durable coupling.

Snap on the optional 78L-CDC adapter and you can use 6 ft. x 7/8″ cables (6L78) to clear smaller lines.

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Features

  • As easy to use as a lawn mower.
  • Self-feeds 8 and 10 ft. cable sections as far as 200 ft. into the line.
  • Cables snap together in seconds.
  • Adjustable safety clutch protects cables and operator.
  • 3/4 hp motor drives 3.5 to 1 gear reducer.
  • Pneumatic foot switch and ground fault interrupter.
  • Folding handle and 10″ tires for easier handling.
  • Made in U.S.A.

 

Automatic Safety Clutch

Protects cable and operator in case the cable should get caught in the line. Factory set at 100 inch pounds but can be adjusted easily for very heavy jobs or longer runs.

Folding Handle

Gives Model 88 a low profile for more convenient storage and transport. Lift handle and locking collars slide into place for secure operation. Handle on front frame and rear cross bar make lifting and loading into car trunk easier.

 

 

Pneumatic Power Switch

Air-actuated for safety. There is not electrical connection between switch and motor. Switch can be removed from handle and used as a foot pedal when working with the cable feeding tube.

Cable Feeding Tool

It enables cable to get around tight bends and traps by taking advantage of open-wound design of cables. Note that operator controls machine by using power switch in foot pedal mode.

 

Options

Cables

Sectional cables for the Model 88 snap together in a second and are taken apart quickly with a coupling wrench. The open coils screw into the line making it easier to clear long lines with less effort. They are available in a variety of lengths and connectors for General and competitive brands. With the more recently developed “G” connector, no torque is put on the locking pin when running the machine in reverse, making it a more durable coupling.

Flexichain™ Sections

Quick-coupling 1-1/4” Flexichain sectional cables can be used with General’s Model 88™ or Rodrunner®. The heavy-gauge open wound outer coil is right-hand wound for faster self-feeding into the line. A chain center gives maximum protection against losing broken cables in a line, while allowing maximum flexibility. They are available in 10 ft. lengths. (Shown with “G” Connector)

Proflex™ Sections

Proflex cables have the same 1-1/4” outer cable as the Flexichain cables, for use with the same machines. An inner spring enables the cable to better handle motor torque and has better “push” when working though tough stoppages. They are available in 8 or 10 ft. lengths. (Shown with “L” Connector)

To clear smaller lines, a 6 ft. by 7/8” Proflex cable with “L” connectors (Cat # 6L78) is also available. The 7/8” L-Cable Drive Couple (Cat # 78L-CDC) is required to use it.

Snake-Oil Plus

Snake-Oil Plus™ preserves and protects your sewer cables against rust and corrosion. It’s better than common lubricants because its special rust inhibitor cuts through moisture and replaces it with a rust-resistant coating. You’ll significantly extend the life of your cables and your sewer machine, including the drum, bearings, and power cable feed rollers. In addition, Snake Oil includes a deodorizer that gives your equipment a fresh, clean smell. Available in quarts (Cat # SOQ-S) or gallons (Cat # SOG-S).

Snake-Oil Plus SDS – Material Safety Data Sheet

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ClogChopper®

Rip through tough stoppages with the unique ClogChopper® multi-function cutting tools. Six self-sharpening blades dig into encrusted debris and root masses, easily grinding up stoppages, scale, and crystallized urine, without risking pipe damage.

The spherical design maneuvers around tight bends and traps, thoroughly and safely cleaning metal, plastic, and clay pipes. As it spins it also self-sharpens as it scrapes along the pipe walls. It’s excellent for clearing stacks, downspouts, mains, as well as for drain lining jobs.

General offers a variety of sizes, and connector options, including sectional G connectors, as well as other brands of machines, cables, and attachments.

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Cutter Set (Catalog #RDCS-G)

G-SHD

Spear Head
Starting Drill (Gets water flowing)

G-HA

Hook Auger
For removing loose objects and broken cables

G-2UC

2" U-Cutter
For cutting and scraping

G-3HDB

3" Heavy Duty Saw Blade
For roots and other stoppages

G-4RSB

4" Rotary Saw Blades
For roots and other stoppages

G-RTR-2

For removing loose objects and broken cables

G-CW

Coupling Wrench
To disconnect cables and cutters

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Model 88 Units - Complete and ready to Operate

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
112405 88-GP

Model 88, plus ten 10GP Proflex sections with “G” connectors, and RDCS-G cutter set.

268 lbs
112415 88-GF

Model 88, plus ten 10GF Flexichain sections with “G” connectors, and RDCS-G cutter set.

248 lbs
112515 88-8LP

Model 88, plus thirteen 8LP Proflex sections (104 ft.) with “L” connectors, and RDCS-L cutter set.

277 lbs
112505 88-LP

Model 88, plus ten 10LP Proflex sections with “L” connectors, and RDCS-L cutter set.

268 lbs
112510 88-LF

Model 88, plus ten 10LF Flexichain sections with “L” connectors, and RDCS-L cutter set.

248 lbs

Cutter Set

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
160040 RDCS-G

Rodrunner Cutter Set with “G” Connectors (Includes G-SHD, G-HA, G-2UC, G-3HDSC, G-3HDB, G-4RSB, G-RTR-2, G-CW)

8 lbs
161040 RDCS-L

Rodrunner Cutter Set with “L” Connectors (Includes L-SHD, L-HA, L-2UC, L-3HDSC, L-3HDB, L-4RSB, L-RTR-2, L-CW)

8 lbs

Replacement Cables

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
160010 10GF

1-1/4″ x 10′ Flexichain with “G” Connectors

14 lbs
160030 10GP

1-1/4″ x 10′ Proflex with “G” Connectors

16 lbs
161010 10LF

1-1/4″ x 10′ Flexichain with “L” Connectors

14 lbs
161030 10LP

1-1/4″ x 10′ Proflex with “L” Connectors

16 lbs
161000 8LF

1-1/4″ x 8′ Flexichain with “L” Connectors

10.5 lbs
161020 8LP

1-1/4″ x 8′ Proflex with “L” Connectors

13 lbs
159960 8LPS

1-1/4″ x 8′ Proflex with extra space with “L” Connectors

9 lbs
160980 6L78

7/8″ x 6′ Proflex with “L” Connectors

4 lbs

Parts & Accessories

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
160340 CF

Cable Feeding Tool

4 lbs
160370 CC

Cable Carrier

6 lbs
160380 WCC

Wheeled Cable Carrier

8 lbs
170583 88-311-B

Foot Pedal with Hose

136080 88-311-E

Power Switch Diaphragm

136130 88-311-G

Reverse Switch

136000 GFI-20

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter with 20 ft. cord

2 lbs
130410 LG

Leather Gloves

1 lb
127900 G-2CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with G-Connector

1 lb
127910 G-2-1/2CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with G-Connector

1 lb
127920 G-3CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with G-Connector

2 lbs
127930 G-4CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with G-Connector

2.5 lbs
127940 L-2CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with L-Connector

1 lb
127950 L-2-1/2CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with L-Connector

1 lb
L-3CG 127960

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with L-Connector

2 lbs
127970 L-4CG

ClogChopper 1-1/4″ Sections with L-Connector

2.5 lbs
440110 SOQ-S

1 Quart Snake-Oil Plus w/Sprayer

2 lbs
440130 SOG

1 Gallon Snake-Oil Plus

7.5 lbs
440140 SOG-S

1 Gallon Snake-Oil Plus w/Sprayer

7.5 lbs

Specifications

Weight:
80 lbs. (36 kg) without cables.

Dimensions:
21″ wide x 16″ high with handle folded down. (53 cm x 41 cm)

Motor:
3/4 hp with capacitor and 20 ft. power cord with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter; rotates 1-1/4″
diameter cables at 500 rpm.

Gear Head:
Rugged cast iron body, ball bearings, cut gears.

Wheels:
10″ rubber rear wheels, 6″ solid rubber caster wheel.

Combination Hand or Foot Operated Power Switch:
Air activated for safety; no electrical connection between motor and switch;
can be used as hand or foot switch. Eleven foot air hose.

Power Switch:
Has an “off” position to de-activate the control switch.

Adjustable Safety Clutch:
Factory set at 18-20 ft. lbs. Protected by a tamper- resistant snap-on cover.

Folding Handle:
Reduces truck storage space. Flips down in a second but is completely secure in operating position.

Cutter Set with “G” Connectors:
Spear Head, Hook Auger, 2″ U-Cutter, 3″ Heavy Duty Side Cutter, 3″ Heavy Duty Saw Blade,
4″ Rotary Saw Blade, Large Retrieving Tool, Coupling Wrench.

Cutter Set with “L” Connectors:
Spear Head, Hook Auger, 2″ U-Cutter, 3″ Heavy Duty Side Cutter, 3″ Heavy Duty Saw Blade,
4″ Rotary Saw Blade, Large Retrieving Tool, Coupling Wrench.

Sectional Cables:
Four, Eight and ten foot “Cable Saver” sections come in all purpose Flexichain® which has a chain center, and a stiffer Proflex® which has a spring center. Proflex is also available in a heavier duty 5/8” spring center. Available with ‘G’ or ‘L’ connectors

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