Forget Drano — use a power tool! Think of Milwaukee’s drain cleaner as your father’s hand-fed drain snake after a visit from Tim Taylor (“grunt, grunt, grunt”). It’s a 450 RPM drain rooting machine.
The drain cleaner’s business end is a coil that roots out drain clogs in up to 2″ waste lines. The front drum holds up to 35′ of 3/8″ (or 50′ of 5/16″) inner-core cable, so you’ve got plenty of reach down the clogged line. The unit’s power plant is a standard corded Milwaukee reversible drill motor, delivering corkscrewing action to the coil.
Street pricing starts at $235. It’s probably overkill for everyday use around kitchen sink clogs, but then again if you could save one visit from the plumber, you’d probably break even. And if the Drano didn’t work, putting one of these down the drain and pulling the trigger would at least make you feel better.
Update: Astute reader James says he’s found numerous attachments for a standard drill to turn it into a cleaner — starting at just $9 or so. Froogle’s your friend.