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phone02 9986 1186
Email: info@thejettersedge.com.au

The original Root Ranger Nozzle.


Root Ranger History

The Root Ranger Nozzle was one of the early root cutting nozzles designed in Australia and is one of the best nozzles for cutting tree roots, grease, ice and debris from drains. It has been on the market for many years now and is the 'go to' tool for clearing blocked drains. There are several knock-off copies of the Root Ranger nozzle that are cheaper and not as effective. They also wear out quickly so you have to replace them more, often equating to a false value. 

Video Description

This is a video we shot on site quickly many years ago with a Ridgid Drain Camera showing the abilities of the early Root Ranger Nozzle inside a 6" earthenware drain. The client called us in after having the drain cleared one month earlier by another plumber with an eel. The only access was via a 4" inspection opening in the concrete driveway preventing a larger cutter entering the drain. Since this video was taken we improved the Root Ranger nozzle in many areas including the strength of the 180 degree pressure bend (the major wear part) and the large flow path for the water with reduced friction/pressure loss. You can now buy a Forward Firing Root Ranger with optional front plug, a Double Barrel Root Ranger, a Large 1/2" Root Ranger and a Double Ended Root Ranger Nozzle

See more at your local Mustang Nozzles Authorised Agency or go to www.thejettersedge.com.au

Is there any value in buying a cheap jetter?

In line with the increasing demand of high pressure waters jetters purchased by plumbers for the express purpose of unblocking sewer and stormwater drains, it is noticeable that there are more and more places where this equipment can be purchased. Some of these vendors have been around for many years with solid reputations for first class equipment, product knowledge, back up service, training and practical advice.

There are a few more that have appeared in the last few years who are more than happy to take your money while promising the world, yet if an issue arises they aren’t particularly interested in helping out unless the blame can be apportioned to the user, so that the user can be made to pay for something that they shouldn’t necessarily have to.

There’s one or two that will take your money and point blank refuse to help the purchaser in any way, referring them to the manufacturer or someone across the other side of town or the state, or the country. Then there’s a few others who have disappeared already, along with the money paid for equipment that was never received.

The difference in quality between the machines available on the market is immense. Some are just downright dangerous, but to a first time buyer that doesn’t know what to look for, these seem like a good buy as they cost a bit less than others that they’ve enquired about.

The quality of the engine, pump and gearbox, battery, engine mounts, frame, fittings and workmanship has to be taken into account, and that is before the quality of the high pressure components such as reels, hoses, couplers and nozzles are checked out. It is simple to take a look at a quality jetting machine and roughly copy it for about half the price by using inferior grade products, then market the unit at 20% less than the better machine. I’ll admit I’m no mathematical genius but I think that equates to paying 20% less for a jetter that’s only 50% as good. Doesn’t seem like good value. When you purchase a cheap jetter you will get a cheap jetter.

If you are interested in enquiring about a jetter set up, the best way to find out what the better machines are is ask a plumber who has one. They will give you a more honest opinion than any salesman. Ask them about the machine they have and if it’s suitable for the work they do and if it gives them any trouble, ask them where they bought the machine and if they’re happy with the service they got before and more particularly after taking delivery. Ask them about the quality of the hoses, fittings and nozzles, and then ask them if they were to buy a second jetter, would they buy from the same place. Doing your background research this way can save hours of work before and save lots of heart ache afterwards.

The Jetters Edge is the only company in Australia that sells jetters and jetting accessories and nothing else. We are good at what we do and we believe in our product. We won't sell you inferior products or cut corners. Call us today and see why we are number one for quality, service and price!

Replacing Rusted Water Jetter Mufflers

Does the muffler on your jetter look like this? Besides being annoyingly noisy it is also a very dangerous fire hazard that can ignite materials such as rags and cardboard that may be located nearby. A damaged muffler will also affect the overall performance of your jetter. The hot exhaust gasses will melt the thermoplastic jetting hose if it gets too close too.

The Jetters Edge now have a corrosion resistant stainless steel muffler available to help prevent the above problems and keeps your jetter looking good and performing at its optimum level. The mufflers will suit all Honda GX620 and GX670 engines and come complete with the centre mounting bracket welded on for added strength.

The muffler barrel, heat shield and mounting bracket are made from tough 304 Stainless steel that will last years longer than the factory supplied mild steel unit. The Stainless Steel Mufflers are Australian Made and are only available through the Mustang Group, so you know they’re good.

Contact the Jetters Edge on 1300 JETTING for pricing on this equipment or enquiries on our range of Truck-Trailer or Trolley Mounted Water Jetters, Drain Clearing Nozzles, Sewer Jetting Hose, High & Low Pressure Hose Reels, Water Tanks and Spare Parts & Accessories or visit www.thejettersedge.com.au

How do I Rent a Sewer Jetter?

With the Global Financial Crisis squeeze starting to be felt in Australia, there are three main reasons a plumber should rent a sewer jetter.

1) They don't own a sewer jetter or can't afford one just yet - This allows them to rent one and return it when finished.
2) Their sewer jetter is being repaired - They can continue in their business without interruption.
3) They want to try one before they buy one - Does it fit into their business and will they use it enough to balance the upfront purchase price?

The income from jetting a drain is too good to miss out on. If a potential customer goes elsewhere you may lose a significant contract and the future work that follows. The Jetters Edge in Belrose, Sydney have a Honda powered 4300 sewer jetter available for rent, from a 4 hour rate to long term periods as required. A Remote Mini Reel, 2 penetrating nozzles plus a Root Ranger root mulching nozzle come with the rig. All you need is a truck or trailer to roll the trolley mounted pump/motor group on to and a garden hose to connect to the break tank.

There is 60 metres of jetting hose on the Main Reel which is mounted on top of the frame, which means the trolley jetter can stay in the transport vehicle and not have to be unloaded at the work site as the 60m Main Reel connects to the Remote Mini Reel which has another 50 metres of hose. The Jetters Edge have a fork truck on site to load and unload the unit safely.

Ideally, a plumber renting the drain clearing jetter would have 2-3 jobs lined up for the day. The low daily sewer jetter hire rates enables them to earn a good income out of their hire cost from a single daily hire rate. Regular rental customers know that it makes good sense to make use of this service. Knocking back a sewer choke which may lead to a dig up because you don’t own the correct drain cleaning equipment no longer has to be an option.

Sure, you can hire an powered Eel to do the job for less money but most customers are now requesting a sewer jetter is used to clear their drains. A sewer jetter is also quicker and does a better job. There is three times more jetter hose than eel cable and the remote mini reel weighs less than half the weight of the eel cables. As most plumbers know, lugging a heavy eel around isn’t good for your back, carrying the Remote Mini Reel with 50 metres hose weighing only 15 kgs is a much better solution.

The Jetters Edge also rent a Dual Engine Trailer Jetter for cleaning drains up to 450mm, a Trailer Mounted Hot Water Jetter ideal for commercial grease lines, a drain inspection camera with a 30 metre cable, a thermal imaging camera, a petrol powered smoke machine, a Whirlaway path cleaner as well as a venturi pump that will fit down a 4” shaft.

Try before you buy!

Do you service your Jetter regularly?

If I had a dollar for every time I had a plumber ring me complaining that his jetter cuts out 10 seconds after starting, I would be several hundred dollars better off. The Honda powered jetters have a low oil cut-out that will prevent the engine from running when the engine oil is low, preventing catastrophic damage to the motor.

This is a fantastic feature, but for the oil to get this low indicates a lack of attention to service of the machine. Jetters have the capability to earn the owner a great return for the investment made, and a small amount of these earnings put into regular service and check over of the unit is a highly worthwhile exercise.

You cannot imagine a worse scenario of arriving at a blocked sewer and setting up your jetting rig, running your main reel hose out and connecting to the mini reel, connecting to the tap and filling the water tank, removing the BTS for access, attaching a penetrating nozzle to the mini reel, then turning the key to find the engine won’t start or stay running – all under the watchful eye of the householder. Very embarrassing and worse still, very costly.

Having the engine oil changed every 50 hours is recommended and having a full service and check over every 100 hours is mandatory. A full service should include changing the oil in the engine, gearbox and pump, changing the oil and fuel filters and checking/cleaning the air filter, replacing the spark plugs & checking & adjusting the valve clearance (tappets) as necessary.

A full visual inspection should be carried out as often as possible checking for oil leaks, particularly around the pump and gearbox. There is no low oil cut-outs on these parts and if they run dry they will have to be replaced. All high and low pressure hoses should be checked for wear, leaks and tightness of clamps as this can affect the performance of the jetter, and of course the water inlet filter should be cleaned weekly.

It is important to have the service work carried out by a properly qualified jetter technician, who also has a good knowledge of high pressure piston pumps. There are a few around and it is worthwhile taking a longer drive to a workshop with such a technician. You may pay a bit more but it is worth the extra expense as good service and advice can help prevent the scenario mentioned above from happening to you.

Greg Mercer

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