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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


Generally speaking, the larger the pipe you are clearing, the more flow from the pump on your jetter is required.

If the majority of your work is 100-150mm, a flow rate between 21-25 lpm is ideal as you can use a small diameter 3/16” hose from a Mini Reel without overworking the pump. This smaller jetter hose will get around gullies, traps & multiple bends.

If a fair portion of your work is jetting lines 150mm & upwards, a larger flow rate of 31 lpm would be an advantage when using higher flow & larger diameter 3/8” jetting hose. To make best use of a larger flow pump & jetting hose, the penetrating nozzles & root cutting nozzles need to be jetted to suit the extra flow that the pump puts out.

The bigger 3/8” jetting hose is not suitable for 90-100mm pipes as it is too thick to take more than one bend. You can attach the 3/8” hose to a Mini Reel holding smaller diameter hose, but if you’re using a Mini Reel every time, a large flow pump wouldn’t be necessary as the full flow cannot fit through the smaller hose & the pump would be excessively by-passing.

The higher flow engine/pump groups are a physically larger unit than the smaller flow set-ups and will require a larger capacity header tank to keep the water supply up so will require more room on your vehicle. The higher flow engine/pump groups are ideally suited for trailer mounting.

It’s important to set yourself up for the type of drains you are going to be jetting 90% of the time, not 10% of the time. Some companies may suggest you require a certain type of jetter, not because it suits your needs, but because that’s the machine they sell.

The majority of city & suburban based plumbers will be mainly clearing 100mm drains & I believe our most popular jetter, the Racejet 4300 (4’300psi @ 21lpm) is the optimum machine for this type of work.

Always make sure the jetter you’re buying has an Australia wide dealer warranty on the engine, pump, gearbox & accessories. Don’t skimp on quality, buy the best or buy cheap & be prepared to buy twice.

If you buy solely on the cheapest price, you are the legal prey of the merchants who copy a product using inferior grade materials.
Racejet High Pressure Water Jetters


Racejet Jetter

The Racejet 4300 is an iconic water jetter brand. It has been around longer than most water jetters on the market today and has stood the test of time. There are thousands of Racejet units being used by plumbers and contractors in Australia and overseas. The Racejet brand was developed by an Australian plumber with many years experience in clearing all types of blocked drains. We have put together a package especially for plumbers so you will be ready for any job with your Racejet. Call us today to see how a Racejet will compliment your business. Click here to read more and watch a video on the Racejet Hiogh Pressure Water Jetter.


Buying your first Water Jetter and Drain Camera?

High Pressure Water Jetters have been in use for clearing blocked drains for many years now. Compact units like the Racejet 4300 have been made specifically for plumbers, by plumbers and have been slowly replacing the old powered eel. Water jetters have many benefits over an eel including the following;


  1. Easier and faster to operate
  2. No electricity required to run jetter, just a garden tap
  3. No chance of being electrocuted
  4. Charge out more for the jetter – Client gets a better job
  5. Single person operation – Does a better job at clearing all blockages
  6. Machine stays on vehicle, no heavy lifting/WHS risks
  7. Just wipe the hose when finished grease lines, no greasy cables!
  8. Mini Reel holds double the length of 2 eel cable carriers full of cables
  9. No mess when working in a house or office
  10. Average choke cleared in half the time means more jobs done in a day/more profits!
  11. Scrubs the inside of the pipes using water only, without damaging the pipes
  12. Will do various other work including gutter and driveway cleaning, venturi pumping etc.
  13. Uses less water than eel when testing drain after job (averages 100 litres per job)

A water jetter will require regular maintenance every 6 – 12 months depending on its use. Premium jet hoses, in the right hands will last many years on the mini reel and on the main feed reel. Racejet have low water and low oil cut-out switches to prevent the engine and pump from damage and a battery switch to extend their AGM battery life up to 3 years. The average plumber’s jetter, used 5 times a day, 5 days a week will run for 4 years before requiring a major overhaul costing around $600. The total income for those 5 years equates to $1.95m based on an average charge out rate of $300 per job.

Not all jetters are the same! There have been many jetter sales shops opening up all over Australia promising a better machine for less money. The old saying “too good to be true” sums it up! Do your research, look for a high quality pump and engine. Ask for customer referrals. Pay a bit more now for a high quality jetter like the ‘Racejet’ brand and it will save you thousands of dollars down the track when you find yourself relying on it every day! Down time is expensive. Always buy high quality hardened stainless steel nozzles, they too will cost more but last for years.

This is extremely important and an area that most jetter sales companies overlook. You must have a sound knowledge of your jetter and how it operates before you use it or you let one of your employees use it. It is a great tool just like any other tool you have, if used correctly.


Do water jetters get stuck in drains?
If the pipe is broken a jet hose will get stuck in a drain, just like an eel, see picture, eel caught in opened pipe joint....

Lease or Buy?
Leasing a jetter will cost around $10 a day. Remember this; you make money by using other people’s money and other people’s time. If you can benefit by owning it now, why wait by saving up for the equipment when you can start charging it out now and make money on the equipment hire especially when jetter charge out rates are 30% higher than eel rates.

What happens if I break a jet hose?
If you don’t own a portable hose repairer, take your hose to any hose repairer and they will fit a new swage end to your hose for around $35.

Will the quick connector stop me getting around bends and traps?
We designed a shortened version of the quick connector and fitted a patented silt proof o’ring behind the outer sheath to prevent silt from jamming the coupler. All our nozzles including the Root Ranger root cutting nozzle will negotiate pvc gullys, junctions and 90 degree bends. They also go through 90mm pvc storm water drains.

How do I clear ‘tilers cement’ from first floor 50mm shower drains?
We designed a 1/8” Whip Hose for cutting cement and debris from small pipes including shower waste traps and calcium deposits from urinals. It will also go around most toilet bowls to clear paper chokes. You can take it up to multi level office blocks and clear 32mm waste pipes.

What camera system do you recommend?
We use Ridgid camera gear for everyday household and small commercial drains up to 6”. They are tough enough to give to a first year apprentice and have it returned still operating! They also have many new features and recording options making your job of diagnosing the problem simple.

If you would like more information on any of the above topics or a quote on a high pressure water jetter and camera/locator to suit your needs, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call our office on Ph: 02 9986 1186 or Ph: 1300 JETTING

Mustang Nozzles Remote Mini Reel
The Mustang Remote Mini Reel was designed by Bill Miller from Mustang Nozzles Australia to make water jetting safer for the operator and anyone or anything in the vicinity. The frame is made from stainless steel and electro-polished to remove any iron (fe) that may be left behind after welding the frame. It also gives the frame a new clean look and helps prevent rust and staining.

Bill designed the Remote Mini Reel after attending a job many years ago. He set up his jetter around the back of a customer’s house and placed the hose and nozzle in the inspection opening. The customer was watching him set up along with her 5 year old son. Her son was very inquisitive and asking a lot of questions. Bill walked around the front of the house to start the jetter.

Before starting the jetter he was thinking of how keen the 5 year old was to look at the equipment. Unsure of the situation, as a matter of safety he thought he should just quickly run back and make sure the job was safe before starting the jetter. To his absolute amazement the mother had walked back inside and left the boy outside. The young boy had pulled the hose out of the drain and was looking straight into the penetrating nozzle. If Bill had started the jetter this young boy may have sustained serious injuries.

Bill then went on a mission to make something that could allow the operator to stay at the point of entry without returning to the truck each time the jetter had to be turned off and on. He built a prototype frame and mounted a reel on it. He then added a pressure gauge, nozzle rack, rubber grip, ball valve with extended handle and sturdy base. The reel was then tested by his team of plumbers who thought it was great, saving the time and effort of running back and forward each time the jetter had to be operated. It was also drop-tested at 3m and rolled off the back of a truck at a roundabout to test its strength.

It was a complete success and thousands have been made since then. There have been many cheap copies made just like anything you buy today. There will always be an inferior copy at a better price. Bill has continued with his pledge to make water jetting a 'safe' operation for everyone involved and released other safety products including the 'Safety Plate'.

Stainless Steel Electro-Polished Frame
Powder-Coated Reel with 9000psi wp Swivel
60m Premium Bluflex Jet Hose
Mustang Stainless Steel Quick Release Coupler on hose end
3 Brass Mustang Quick Couplers on Nozzle Rack
Rubber Grip Handle
Balanced Carrying Point
Sturdy base design
Curved base to prevent leg injury when carrying to job
Extended cast handle making isolation operation easy
Heavy Duty Isolation Valve
High Pressure Cast Stainless Tee
Mustang Pressure Gauge with Spike Arrestor
Hose protection spiral wrap to prevent hose chaffing

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