What is a good entry level Water Jetter?
If you’re in the process of pricing a water jetter for your business and thinking that there’s a bit too much expense involved, you are not alone. If you’re just starting out in a plumbing business the price of a professional standard Water Jetter and CCTV camera set-up can seem a little daunting.
If you haven’t used a water jetter or drain camera on a job before, you may not realise what a valuable tool they are. Not only for the great job they do but also for the income the equipment brings in.
With an entry level water jetter with a 4000psi/13litre a munite pump, results will be not to dissimilar to those attained with higher pressure and flow units used in domestic situations, while still charging out the same rates.
There are several options to keep the initial cost of the unit to a minimum. You can take the option of no reels to hold the high pressure jetting hose, just use a patching hose to a ball valve to isolate the pressure, then another length of hose with a nozzle to be used down the drain. By keeping the pressure hose to shorter lengths, there will be less pressure drop and the nozzles will do a better job. It will take a little longer at set up and packing up using this system with no reels to roll the hose onto.
You can choose to purchase a remote Mini Reel with the jetter to use at the entry point, joined by a length of patching hose. This gives the operator greater control over the working end of the hose and is a safer and neater way of working by not having coils of hose lying around your feet. To keep the price (and pressure drop) down, a shorter length of hose can be used on the Mini Reel, rather than the standard 60 metres.
Another option is a high pressure hose reel that can be mounted to the jetter to hold the main hose. This hose can be used with a nozzle directly on a blockage or connected to the remote Mini Reel if the water jetter cannot reach the access entry point. These water jetters can be mounted on a truck, trailer or in a van and are light enough to be kept portable and loaded on and off a vehicle when required.
There are plenty of plumbers who have started out with this water jetter set-up then have upgraded to a higher pressure and flow professional water jetter when they are more comfortable financially. If they already have the Mini Reel and nozzles, only the water jetter itself needs to be purchased.
These Mini water Jetters have the power to operate a Root Ranger root cutting nozzle but the turbines must be matched to the specifications of the pressure and flow of the pump. Always seek professional advice in this area.