The New RIDGID® K-400 Drain Cleaner Offers Portability on the Jobsit


Ridge Tool Company recently introduced the new heavy-duty RIDGID® K-400 drain cleaner to its product line. The RIDGID K-400 drain cleaner features a more portable design, allowing plumbing contractors to better navigate on the jobsite.

A new, fully integrated wheeled cart design allows for easy movement of the drain cleaning machine to and from the jobsite. The cart operates much like popular roll-a-way suitcases, where the handle and wheels are designed into the machine. Adding to the machine’s portability is an integrated stair climbing frame design, which helps contractors to transport the machine up and down stairs. A built-in telescoping handle provides contractors ease of use when moving it around a jobsite. The handle retracts to a low position for easy, compact storage and added stability during operation.

The CSA-approved K-400 has a 1/3 HP motor, which spins cable at 190 RPM. The motor is positioned above the drum for improved stability and balance, along with added leg clearance during transport. To reduce machine vibration and increase support, the drum is supported in both the back and front.

“The overall design of the wheels, adjustable handle and frame allow for easy, well balanced transport to the jobsite. The wheels and frame together allow the user to negotiate stairs. During operation, the wheels come off the ground to allow for maximum stability when clearing the blockage,” said Ed McKiernan, vice president of marketing, Ridge Tool.

With a capacity to store 100 feet of 3/8-inch or 75 feet of 1/2-inch cable, the rugged, dent-proof polyethylene drum is corrosion and rust-resistant. The patented cable control system causes the drum to stop spinning when the blade becomes lodged in a blockage. This decreases the chance of the cable flipping over and warns the operator when blockages are encountered. The cable uses Integral Wound (IW) solid core cable, which is rugged and kink-resistant.
An AUTOFEED®, the patented automatic cable feed feature that allows users to reverse the direction of the cable quickly and easily, is available as an accessory for the K-400.


Drum Capacity: 100' of 3/8" Diameter Cable 75' of 1/2" Diameter Cable Motor: Type -15V/60 Hz, Reversible, Split Phase Rating 1/3 HP @ 1725 r/min Amps – 6.7 Weight (Machine Only) 45 lbs. Length - (24" with AUTOFEED) Height 23" Width 17"
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