The RIDGID 6 ft. Toilet Auger is a high-quality tool designed to provide safe and easy cleaning of toilet obstructions. The bulb-head auger features a compression-wrapped inner cable. Full lifetime warranty against material defects and workmanship.
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92%of customersrecommend this product95 of 103reviews
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Ease of installation
92%of customersrecommend this product95 of 103reviews
I bought this because we have a basement toilet that drains into a line that has a steep pitch that the waste must be forced out of. We just moved in a few months ago and after using the toilet routinely for a week straight it got clogged. I tried plunging and plunging and the clog just wouldn't come loose. We called a rooter and $180 dollars later and a loud machine for two hours and the line was UNCLOGGED ! IMAGINE THAT ! I don't know anything about plumbing, but when the toilet clogged again 2 days ago I said, this cannot be from ROOTS, the guy was JUST HERE ! Plunged to no avail of course, so I said "I'm getting an AUGER before I pay plumber or rooter again !" So I bought this 6 footer learned how it worked before I stuck it in the toilet (make sure you know how it works mechanically FIRST !) laid down some cardboard by the toilet, got my gloves and goggles and went to work....and my drain was unclogged in 30 seconds...and it only cost me $50 bucks...and it won't cost me a DIME if it happens AGAIN. If this problem sounds familiar....BUY THIS THING !!!
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
Bought a Kohler class 6 flush toilet and had it installed. However the toilet wouldn't flush waste a 5 out of 6 times. Plunging, hot buckets of water and to no avail.Then purchaed the 6ft versions of this auger. Watched the video... do watch the video Search for this video RIDGID K-6 Toilet Auger. It's worth the time. The ran it twice and came out with fibers and wax from the old seal that the installer had probably pushed into the waste line that was preventing a good flush. needed the six foot version to get to obstruction though. Now the toilet works like a charm. This thing is so good that I'm going to use it instead of the plungers that don't work well anyway. Pricey but worth every penny.
The first time I saw a snake like this was when my auger style snake could not clean out a stubborn plugged toilet and I had to pay a plumber almost 3 times what this snake cost. I went out and got one right away and have had to use it several times over the past year. With this snake you can use both auger (turning) and plunger (push/pull) action to get the plug to move. I got the 6 foot length - so not sure if the 3 foot snake of this type is as effective. When finished, I rinse it off with a hose, then hang it in the garage where it's handy for my wife to use (she's done the job several times by herself). It is a life saver (well - a plumber cost saver anyway).
I am not able to make this work in a 1974 vintage toilet. I had to call a plumber. He made it work fairly easily, and told me this is the best tool for the job, especially the 6 foot model, but I still haven't gotten it to extend past 1-2 feet into the toilet. It takes more force/torque than I can produce. Maybe the older toilets have a sharper bend in the trap? Anyway, the next day the toilet was clogged again. Apparently my elderly mother had a plastic utensil in the pocket of her robe and it fell in. I was able to remove it with the auger, since it wasn't in very far, so this tool has already paid for itself, plus most of the cost of the last plumber's visit.
I should have read the negative reviews. Explanation of how this works: a short stub of square steel bar is attached to the end of a 6' snake. This stub has a spring loaded small plunger ball that is suppose to engage one of two holes in either end of a piece of square tubing that is approx 30 to 36" long. The stub slides inside the square tube and after you get 3' of the snake down the toilet you release the plunger ball near the turning handle and slide the square tube out until the plunger ball engages the hole at the other end. Now you have another 3' of reach to get past the wax ring area. This is the way it is suppose to work. What happens in practice is when you go to retrieve the 3' extension the plunger ball pops out of the hole in the sq. tube and you are dead in the water--or waste water :( There is no possible way to get it back in the hole it just popped out of so you have to manually (that's with your hands friends) pull at least 3' out and line up the plug with the end of the tube so the plunger ball will pop out in the upper hole. I guess it depends on your plumbing but it was NOT easy to manually retract it the 3' or so necessary to reattach the plug/snake without being able to spin the handle--a real struggle. Manger tells me it is not returnable but finally relented and gave me a store credit. This design is really marginal but if made to a higher quality standard it might work. After seeing how it worked in action further examination showed my copy to be of very poor quality so I can't recommend this product.
Clogged toilets are no match for this snake! Needed 6ft length for our clog. Relatively easy to use because I read the instructions AND watched a YouTube video on snaking a toilet. I also practiced on a toilet that wasn't clogged. Highly recommend watching a quick video for good tips and tricks. Wasn't intuitive on how to get snake to extend to 6ft, but I figured it out. Save hundreds of dollars on a plumber call and use this snake to unclog the toilet yourself. Afterall, the plumber will do the same thing, with similar equipment and charge you quite a bit of money. I had my toilet clear in 20 minutes and I am NOT handy when it comes to house repairs, etc...
After receiving a "free" quote from a local plumber for $164 to snake our clogged toilet, we rushed over to the local Home Depot and purchased the Ridgid 6 Foot Heavy Duty Toilet Auger. We had researched this item on the Home Depot website where most previous purchasers recommended the 6 foot length. Everything about this venture was perfect. The website was helpful, the item was available at the local HD, the HD associate was very helpful and knowledgeable about his products, the price was right and the auger worked! Ten minutes of my time and minimal effort, produced the desired result. Thanks to Ridgid and to Home Depot for a great product.
I have two 6 year old daughters and my wife so allot of paper gets flushed down our commode. I have been having issue with the power of my toilet for about a week. I could get the toilet to drain but not to flush. I used this product after trying to clear the problem with a plunger for three days. The first attempt was not successful. I don't think I was getting the auger head down the line far enough. The second time did the trick. It took allot more pressure and torque than I expected but now I have a functioning toilet for half the price of getting a plumber out to look at it.
I was surprised to see snakes listed for a $10, alongside one for $50. I couldn't imagine why I'd need to spend $50.
It took a trip to the store to see them up close to compare.
Ok, you can get a basic snake with no frills. I'll bet it would work fine, but you'd get your hands and the bowl (where it rubs) messy. I know, I tried a lightweight coil that was rusty and I still haven't gotten that rust off the bowl.
Moving up in price, you get some in "containers" that wind up. While you'd think the handle would reel it in, it does not. So again, you'd be handling the snake that was just down inside your nasty toilet pipes.
Ignoring the crazy expensive versions that I'd imagine only plumbers or handymen would buy, I saw three products in the running.
This one, which is 6' long, a 3' version and a cheaper version in the same fashion. The cheaper version was MUCH cheaper, at $10. I almost bought it. I'll bet it would be enough for most clogs. It seemed like a smaller diameter coil, though, so I decided against it.
So it was down to the 3' and the 6'. Assuming this is the last toilet snake I'll ever buy it wouldn't have made sense to get the 3'.
So how does it work? It was so effortless that I didn't believe it was actually extending into the pipe. My old toilet has really crazy bends and I was worried about it making those bends. I made one complete, six foot pass and tried the toilet to find it still impeded. I made a second pass, this time spending more time working it around in different fdirections as it went in and out. This time when I pulled it out, it had a large mass of paper.
My toilet hasn't flushed this nicely in a long time!
Sigh... I feel lame enthusiastically reviewing a toilet snake on a Friday night!
This auger was extremely effective and easy to use to clean out a very clogged toilet. Unexpectedly, it had another really good use - cleaning out a downspout clogged with leaves on our upper roof. I was not keen on putting a ladder on a sloped roof so I could reach into the clogged downspout from the upper roof. Rather, I simply used this auger to reach into and unclog the downspout while standing on the lower roof. (Rigid might even consider advertising this for unclogging downspouts, it worked so well.)
Best tool I've ever purchased. Well worth every penny. Terrible clog - there was NO water moving. After a half hour of plunging, I decided to go to HD. 10 minutes after I got home, the clog was gone! It paid for itself with this one use... didn't have to call a plumber. Very happy!
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Review 13 for 6 ft. Toilet Auger with Bulb Head
from New Jersey
Please read, works as expected, BUT.....
PostedAugust 4, 2014
Ease of installation
No, I do not recommend this product.
I usually do not write a review. But I think this time I need to write my experience so that others be aware of the problem.
It works as expected, beautifully. bulb head is a good thing, but it morel likely will damage the wax seal connecting bowl and flange (If you don't know what I am talking, google it and see the diagram of plumbing). If after use, you see some thing like wax on the tip. After several usage, you might have a leaking seal. Not sure whether waxless seal is ok with it. I just replaced my seal because of that problme. Hope nobody else has this issue. At least you have to be gentle using the augur
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
I own a restaurant and it seems like any plumbing problems are always during the busiest times, (Saturday night).
I have used this auger twice and both times it quickly took care of the problem. The first time it paid for itself, the second time it saved me considerable money and the problem was solved in minutes.
Don't waste your time trying to save a little up front, Ridgid tools are worth the extra expense.
Glad I bought the 6ft model to unclog my toilet, as my clog was beyond the 3ft point, I then read the instruction sheet. (sorry hun) Pressing in the button on top releases the additional 3ft, and that did the trick; P.S. A couple of years ago I had to call a service company to clear another toilet in my house that cost $125 and the guy used the same auger. This time The Home Depot saved me $75 or more.
ive got 4 Grand kids and 2 bathrooms im forever plunging both toilets till I seen this auger first use I was amazed at the speed this unplugged the most stubborn problem I had to date I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the same problems Ive had Its a little pricey but hey,its better than the ulternative
I had tried a cheap 3 foot model and it didn't unplug my toilet. So I tried this one and it worked great. Very similar to the one the Rotor Rooter man used when he came out. Be sure to read the instructions on how to extend the last 3 feet. I was a little confused at first, but it's just a matter of hitting the extension button.
I never knew such a device existed. I'm new to this home stuff. I thought I was going to have to hire a plumber I couldn't afford. I did some research and someone mentioned I should try a toilet auger before I hired a plumber. I had no clue what a toilet auger was. Went to Home Depot and bought this one... I had no clue how to use it. I thought I had a paper towel clog (We were out of toilet paper for a couple of days, by bad). Well it took a couple of tries but it worked. You can imagine my surprise when a plastic soda bottle came floating up!