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Old 01-27-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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I wanted to know what is a good and reliable brand of sewer camera? I want to save up for one in the future. Thanks.
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the best brand to me, is someone else's. Those things are expensive. There are a few companies here that specialize in that sort of thing. I just sub'd the job out to them. They do the scoping and give you a full report on what they found.
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the best brand to me, is someone else's. Those things are expensive. There are a few companies here that specialize in that sort of thing. I just sub'd the job out to them. They do the scoping and give you a full report on what they found.
That's my goal: to do camera surveys as part of my business plan.
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There are a few companies like that here. I used Drain Vision before.

Just a thought, before you invest in the equipment, why not develop a relationship with a company that specializes in that sort of thing and sub the first several jobs out to them. You can be there and see the equipment they use and get the best feedback possible before you bite the costly bullet.

If you get that much work, use a few drain inspection companies.

Just my 2 cents.
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I wanted to know what is a good and reliable brand of sewer camera? I want to save up for one in the future. Thanks.
Hey, the VcamSLR is a great affordable and reliable cam for Sewers. Here's some specs:
vCamLSR System:



Small and lightweight design
Detachable display unit
Large, color, high resolution display
Video out for recording
60ft (20m) pushrod
On screen distance counter
User replaceable camera head
3 camera head options, D17/STD, D25/STD, B33/STD
Cameras submersible to 0.6 Bar (6m)
Integral locating Sonde
AC/DC operation or internal Li-ion rechargeable battery
Optional Flexrod accessory available in two sizes 0.35in (9mm) or 0.67in (17mm), supplied with mirror, magnet and hook attachments.



For more info, please call: 888-444-2439
http://www.pres-tek.com/Vivax-Metrotech.htm

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you're more than welcome! good luck!
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Hey, the VcamSLR is a great affordable and reliable cam for Sewers. Here's some specs:
vCamLSR System:



Small and lightweight design
Detachable display unit
Large, color, high resolution display
Video out for recording
60ft (20m) pushrod
On screen distance counter
User replaceable camera head
3 camera head options, D17/STD, D25/STD, B33/STD
Cameras submersible to 0.6 Bar (6m)
Integral locating Sonde
AC/DC operation or internal Li-ion rechargeable battery
Optional Flexrod accessory available in two sizes 0.35in (9mm) or 0.67in (17mm), supplied with mirror, magnet and hook attachments.



For more info, please call: 888-444-2439
http://www.pres-tek.com/Vivax-Metrotech.htm

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Our company just bought a newer Rigid/Coleman set up. Comes with 200-300ft cable..laptop and is in color and probably the best thing about it is you can rotate the image. Like others here have said you might want to sub this work out for a bit and see what others are using/doing. This is not a cheap investment..about $8000-$10000 new. This equipment is by far the best out there and if your serious about getting into it, its the one you should get! I can tell you from experience that it first starts with sewer back ups which means you need to also be into the sewer cleaning end of things..which also means more expensive equipment/training ..and even then their sewer problems need to be frequent enough to say you need to scope it. Okay, then you scope it and find problems in the yard..are you set up for excavating..because if your just going to sub that or any part of this process out what is the point of making this costly investment??? Good luck!!
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Our company just bought a newer Rigid/Coleman set up. Comes with 200-300ft cable..laptop and is in color and probably the best thing about it is you can rotate the image. Like others here have said you might want to sub this work out for a bit and see what others are using/doing. This is not a cheap investment..about $8000-$10000 new. This equipment is by far the best out there and if your serious about getting into it, its the one you should get! I can tell you from experience that it first starts with sewer back ups which means you need to also be into the sewer cleaning end of things..which also means more expensive equipment/training ..and even then their sewer problems need to be frequent enough to say you need to scope it. Okay, then you scope it and find problems in the yard..are you set up for excavating..because if your just going to sub that or any part of this process out what is the point of making this costly investment??? Good luck!!
Well my plan is to start by doing sewer and drain cleaning and then get a camera down the road. The excavation equipment will be rented, at first, then purchased down the road too.
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Iíve noticed that most of the rental companies around here mainly rent the General drain cams, but the bigger plumbing companies that can afford them seem to be using the Ridgid cams, so not sure if that means anything or not.
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Ridgid Seesnakes are the tank of sewer cameras. The Fullsize to 325ft and 200ft are best for sewer work, larger push rod (cable) The next is a seesnake mini does well in sewers to around 100 feet then the resistance can become too much and even running water might not be enough. For inside 2" and less the Ridgid Micro Drain is very flexible and can even go through a toilet trap. The new micro reels I am not impressed with too many stories of the new design push rod having problems. they are tempting based on price but they are not the quality units like the original design. We have 8 seesnakes and abuse them everyday! I have tried a few other brands and there are weaknesses. On a budget just starting out I would buy a used seesnake or the new Easy Cam it is cheaper and you can work on it yourself, good little camera I have been told by others that bought them.
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Our company just bought a newer Rigid/Coleman set up. Comes with 200-300ft cable..laptop and is in color and probably the best thing about it is you can rotate the image. Like others here have said you might want to sub this work out for a bit and see what others are using/doing. This is not a cheap investment..about $8000-$10000 new. This equipment is by far the best out there and if your serious about getting into it, its the one you should get! I can tell you from experience that it first starts with sewer back ups which means you need to also be into the sewer cleaning end of things..which also means more expensive equipment/training ..and even then their sewer problems need to be frequent enough to say you need to scope it. Okay, then you scope it and find problems in the yard..are you set up for excavating..because if your just going to sub that or any part of this process out what is the point of making this costly investment??? Good luck!!
Well, for those of us who have a more limited budget, the sewer cam I mentioned above (vivax-metrotech) cost only $1800 as opposed to $8000-$10,000 and is just as reliable. It just really depends on how much you can afford. Good luck!
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Well, for those of us who have a more limited budget, the sewer cam I mentioned above (vivax-metrotech) cost only $1800 as opposed to $8000-$10,000 and is just as reliable. It just really depends on how much you can afford. Good luck!
Sorry but that pushrod is too small for sewer work which is what the poster asked about. It may be a fine camera for short runs but you get what you pay for.
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Sorry but that pushrod is too small for sewer work which is what the poster asked about. It may be a fine camera for short runs but you get what you pay for.
Well, I just mentioned the Type "SLR" which has a 10mm pushrods for smaller pipes/distances. But, for longer/larger pipes/distances there are bigger pushrods, Type "C" and Type "P" which have 12mm size.

Both size pushrods are Kelvlar reinforced fiberglass epoxy.

Still, the price range for the larger pushrods range from: $5500-$8000.

Type "C"


Type "P"

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Open cage designs are fine for outside work but inside they make a mess or need for tarps.
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Sorry but that pushrod is too small for sewer work which is what the poster asked about. It may be a fine camera for short runs but you get what you pay for.
I was watching a video on the Seesnake a few weeks ago, it nice to hear feedback from one that's in use. Even if the price is a premium one it would be definitely worth it in the long run. Thanks.

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