Mustang Root Ranger Nozzle versus WT Warthog Nozzle
Over the years, I have heard many plumbers talk of their preferences for root cutting nozzles. The two main root cutting nozzles used on the high pressure/low flow jetters for domestic applications are the Mustang Root Ranger and the WT3/8 Warthog R60. These are two totally different nozzles, each with its own characteristic.
The main feature of the Mustang Root Ranger is that you get 100% of your pump’s pressure and flow out of the one orifice, giving the operator superior ability to mulch away blockages and totally scrub the inside walls of the pipe. The WT Warthog has one forward facing jet and two rear facing jets (or tips) so that pressure and flow is split between these orifices. The result is less mulching ability from this nozzle.
The main feature of the WT Warthog is the off-set front jet set in the self-rotating head, which is great for penetrating stubborn blockages going forward, however the friction loss that goes into rotating the head gives less cutting power to the rear facing jets.
There is a front jet option available for the Mustang Root Ranger to aid with forward penetration, although most operators tell me they prefer to punch through with a penetrating nozzle to get a “feel” for the pipe before sending the Root Ranger down. Due to the design of the patented reverse pressure bend the Mustang Root Ranger clears roots and obstructions by working back and forward over the affected area with a twisting action on the hose by the operator.
Operators new to the jetting game are sometimes nervous about getting the Mustang Root Ranger stuck due to its hook shape. They can jam in an inspection opening cap, hook over a thick root or flick up a junction. Experienced operators have no qualms about using the Mustang Root Ranger due to their experience. There are several training videos that will help the new operator at http://www.thejettersedge.com.au/videos/jetters-edge-training-videos There are also many advantages of the hook shaped nozzle that include retrieving foreign objects from drains.
Most operators are wary about using anything other than a penetrating nozzle only on stormwater blockages. The Warthog is about the size and shape of a 50mm tow ball and won’t tend to jam like a Root Ranger, although I have heard stories about them dropping down a shaft and getting permanently stuck.
To sum up, the main advantages of the Mustang Root Ranger are more cutting power, one third of the price of the WT Warthog, longer lasting due to the duplex stainless steel pressure bend and cheaper and quicker to service. The main advantages of the WT Warthog are the forward penetrating ability and less chance of getting stuck, but the units are expensive to buy and service, and the heads wear down due to the self-rotating head grinding on the walls of the pipe.
Recently there has been a spate of cheap copies of both these heads, particularly the Mustang Root Ranger. These nozzles are made with inferior quality materials and would present a danger being used with pressures exceeding 4,000 psi. The Mustang Root Ranger is the only root cutting nozzle made with duplex stainless steel, which is so hard that only one engineering shop in Sydney can do the machining of the raw castings. Mustang Nozzles also makes the Double Barrel Root Ranger, The Double Ended Root Ranger and the larger 1/2" Root Ranger Nozzle.
Remember, when purchasing your next high quality nozzle, ask for a genuine Mustang Nozzle available only from authorised dealers. Make sure it has the Mustang Nozzles logo on the pressure bend, don’t accept inferior quality copies, it will only cost you more down the track.