Root 66® - General Pipe Cleaners

The Root 66 is a real advance in sectional cable machine design. No mid-range machine has its versatility and power.

Look at its versatility. You can drive 5/8″ cables for lines up to 3″ and 7/8″ cables for 4″ lines – and you can switch from one to the other in seconds, without touching the jaws, without an adapter, without tools. And for sink drain work, slip on a drum that holds smaller cables.

To operate, just feed a cable into the line and slide the back end into the machine. The excess cable goes into a guide tube. Turn on the sealed motor, press down on the handle, and the Root 66 starts spinning the cable at 400 rpm.

The cable stops rotating as soon as you lift the handle, so there’s no additional torque buildup. When using a drum for small drain work, the drum stops turning when you lift the handle to the neutral position.


  • It’s three machines in one.
  • Clears 1-1/4″ through 4″ drain lines.
  • Drives both 5/8″ and 7/8″ sectional cables.
  • Change cables instantly–no tools or adapters required.
  • 1/2 hp sealed motor.
  • Small drum holds 25 ft. of 5/16″ Flexicore cable to clear 1-1/4” to 2” lines.
  • Optional Dolly available.
  • Made in U.S.A.

Stability and Durability

The Root 66 has a wide four point base for greater stability. Its interlocking tubular construction also gives it excellent durability. To protect the gears from dirt and for easier cleaning, the machine has two internal plastic shields. A ground fault circuit interrupter is standard equipment.

Universal Jaws

Jaws handle both 7/8″ cables or 5/8″ cables. No adaptor required.


Optional Drum

For small drain work, get the optional drum. It slides easily onto the back of the machine to clear 1-1/4″ to 2″ drain lines. It holds 1/4″ or 5/16″ Flexicore® cables up to 50 ft. long, or 3/8″ Flexicore® cables up to 35 ft. long.

Root 66 Accessories

Includes cables carriers, drum for small drain work, a rear guide hose, and a toolbox. (Standard on 7/8” units.)


Standard cable sections for the I-95 and Root 66 are open-wound hollow cables with R-Connectors (Compatible with Ridgid®).

The 5/8” cables are used to clear 2” and 3” lines up to 125 ft. long. They are available in 7-1/2 ft. sections (Cat # 7.5R8). They snap together in a second and are taken apart quickly with a coupling key.

The 7/8” cables are used to clear 3” and 4” lines up to 150 ft. long. Standard sections are available in 15 ft. hollow sections (Cat # 15R10). The 7/8” cables are also available as optional Proflex sectional cables (Cat # 15R10-P shown) that sport an inner spring. It gives the cable greater strength to resist kinking and to transfer extra torque down the cable for additional cutting power.

Smaller 5/16” Flexicore®cables (Cat # 25HE1-A) can be used with an optional drum to clear clogged sink lines and other small 1-1/4” to 2” drain lines.


Force Multiplier Cables™

New 5 foot sectional cables make sectional drain cleaning cleaner and easier in confined and
hard-to-access areas like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and even roofs.
The shorter 5 ft. cable length helps keep the machine under better control, reducing the risk of spraying walls, floors, carpets, and cabinets from exposed wet, spinning 15 ft. cables. And the short design fits perfectly on 6 ft. drop cloths without hanging over.

Force Multiplier Cables are available in 7/8” diameter (Cat # 5R-10) for use General’s Root 66 ® and I-95 ® sectional drain cleaners, or in 1-1/4” diameter (Cat # 5R-14) for the Rodrunner ® .

Force Multiplier’s R-connectors also fit other brands of machines, cables, and attachments. The open-wound hollow cables snap together in a second, and can be disconnected quickly and easily with a coupling key, further facilitating use in cramped quarters and on roofs.


Snake-Oil Classic

A great way to extend the life of drain cleaning tools & equipment

Snake-Oil Classic™ preserves and protects 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 sewer machine, including the drum, bearings and power cable feed rollers. Snake Oil Classic also includes a deodorizer to give equipment a fresh, clean smell. Available in quarts or gallons.

Snake-Oil Classic SDS – Material Safety Data Sheet

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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 for 5/8" Cables

Catalog #R-8CS


Arrow Head Starting Drill
Starting Drill (gets water flowing)


Boring Gimlet
For removing loose objects

R-1-1/2 UC

1-1/2" U-Cutter
For cutting and scraping


Retrieving Tool
For removing loose objects and broken cables


Coupling Key
To disconnect cables and cutters

Cutter Set for 7/8" Cables

Catalog #R-10CS


Spear Head Starting Drill
Starting Drill (gets water flowing)


Hook Auger
For removing loose objects


2" & 3" U-Cutter
For cutting and scraping


Retrieving Tool
For removing loose objects and broken cables


Coupling Key
To disconnect cables and cutters

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Root 66 Units - Complete and ready to Operate

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
116120 RT-66-A

Root 66, plus six 7-1/2 ft. x 5/8″ sections (7.5R8), an SCC small cable carrier, and an R-8CS cutter set.

72 lbs
116140 RT-66-C

Root 66, plus five 15 ft. x 7/8″ sections (15R10), a CC cable carrier, R-10CS cutter set and a tool box.

122 lbs
116150 RT-66-D

Combines Units A and C.

143 lbs
116160 RT-66-E

Same as RT-66-D, plus small drum (66-25A) with 25 ft. x 5/16″ cable (25HE1-A) installed.

153 lbs

Cutter Set

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
178010 R-8CS

Cutter Set for 5/8″ Sectional Cables (Includes R-BG, R-1-1/2UC, R-RTR-1, R-AH, R-CK-8)

4 lbs
178030 R-10CS

Cutter Set for 7/8″ Sectional Cables (Includes R-SHD-10, R-HA-10, R-2UC-10, R-3UC-10, R-RTR-10, R-CK-10)

4 lbs

Replacement Cables

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
160860 7.5R7

5/8″ x 7-1/2′ Closed-Wound Section

4 lbs
160850 7.5R8

5/8″ x 7-1/2″ Open-Wound Section

3 lbs
160480 15R10

7/8″ x 15′ Open-Wound Section

8 lbs
160470 15R10-P

7/8″ x 15′ Proflex Section

11 lbs

Parts & Accessories

Item # Catalog # Description Weight  
178230 66-35-O

Drum Only (Holds up to 35′ x 3/8″ Cables)

9 lbs
178250 66-RGH

Rear Guide Hose for Root 66

5 lbs
178260 SCC

Small Cable Carrier for 5/8″ sectional cables

3 lbs
160370 CC

Large Cable Carrier for 7/8″ sectional cables

6 lbs
130410 LG

Leather Gloves

1 lb
128840 R-1CG

1″ ClogChopper for 5/8″ sectional cables with “R” style connector

1 lb
128850 R-1-1/2CG

1-1/2″ ClogChopper for 5/8″ sectional cables with “R” style connector

1 lb
128860 R-2CG-10

2″ ClogChopper for 7/8″ sectional cables with “R” style connector

1 lb
128870 R-2-1/2CG-10

2-1/2″ ClogChopper for 7/8″ sectional cables with “R” style connector

1 lb
128900 R-3CG-10

3″ ClogChopper for 7/8″ sectional cables with “R” style connector

1 lb
440120 SOQ

1 Quart Snake-Oil Classic

2 lbs
440150 SOG

1 Gallon Snake-Oil Classic

7.5 lbs


42 lbs. (19 kg)

16″ deep; 14″ wide; 17″ high. (40 cm x 35 cm x 43 cm)

Sealed 1/2 hp with forward – off – reverse switch, ten foot power cord and
ground fault circuit interrupter.

(Optional) Holds 25 ft. of 5/16” cable for 1-1/2” to 2” lines, or 35 ft. x 3/8” cable for 2” to 3” lines.

Drip Guards:
Two shields to protect bearings and motor from dirt and moisture.

Pull down two position handle to spin cables at 400 RPM. Lift to stop.
Brake stops spinning drums instantly.

7 1/2 ft. x 5/8″ (Cat #7.5R8) for 1-1/4 to 3″ lines up to 100 ft.
15 ft. x 7/8″ (Cat # 15R10) for 2 to 4″ lines up to 125 ft.
“T” slot couplings slide together to lock and uncouple.

Cutter set for 7/8″ cables:
Spear Head, 2″ U-Cutter, 3″ U-Cutter, Hook Auger and Retrieving Tool.

Cutter set for 5/8″ cables:
Arrow Head, Boring Gimlet, 1-1/2” U-Cutter and Retrieving Tool.

Drive both 5/8″ and 7/8″ cables without adjustment; also grip containers for smaller diameter cables.
Keyed for longer life and less slippage.

Leather Gloves:
Double palm, for hand protection when guiding cable.

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