Ridgid K-5208: The Most Powerful Compact Sectional Machine for Plumbers

Ridgid K-5208: The Most Powerful Compact Sectional Machine for Plumbers

The new Ridgid K-5208 sectional machine gives plumbers a more compact option without making a huge sacrifice in power. Ridgid claims this model is the most powerful compact sectional machine ever, boasting a 3/4 horsepower motor. You’ll get up to 700 RPM out of it – enough to handle tough root systems in the machine’s 2″ – 8″ rated drain diameters.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Ridgid K-5208
  • 3/4 HP motor
  • Cable speeds up to 700 RPM
  • 2″ – 8″ pipe diameter
  • Most powerful compact sectional machine
  • $2499 – $3600, depending on options

Ridgid K-5208: The Most Powerful Compact Sectional Machine for Plumbers

Size is part of the big deal and Ridgid tells us the K-5208 drops 30% of the weight off of the K-1500. Even though that’s a significant drop, durability is still in play. High-strength square steel tubing makes up the frame and gives it a stable platform to work from.

Part of the feature set includes a new tool-free clutch system that lets you easily swap 5/8″ and 1-1/4″ cables on the fly. It’s also field serviceable so you can get back in the game quickly without a trip back to the shop. Of course, your apprentice may not feel so good about the shortened break period. Time is money, and this **** show must go on.

Finally, the new design uses a reservoir to catch fluids that you can drain later, leaving the job location cleaner. Just make sure your apprentice actually does that when you get back to the shop. No one wants to walk into day-old plumbing fluids the morning.

What Ridgid Says

“The RIDGID K-5208 Sectional Machine has been thoughtfully designed from top-to-bottom based on feedback from professional plumbers who demanded a more powerful and portable option. This new machine is lighter and cleaner with go-everywhere power.”

– Wyatt Kilmartin, vice president and general manager, global underground technologies, RIDGID

Ridgid K-5208 Compact Sectional Machine Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid K-5208
  • Motor: 3/4 HP, 115V
  • No Load Speed: 700 RPM
  • Capacity: 2″ – 8″
  • Weight: 55 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime


  • 61688: Machine with guide hose – $2199
  • 61693: Machine with guide hose, (4) C-11 cables, (1) sectionable cable carrier, and toolbox (with cutters) – $3036
  • 62378: Machine with guide hose, (7) C-11 cables, (2) A-8 cable carriers, and toolbox (with cutters) – $3168

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