General Pipe Cleaners' Root Ripper features a heavy steel spring with a tapered point that screws into roots and a claw at the front that rips them out. It's made of hardened spring steel for durability and coated to protect against rust. It can also be adapted to sectional machines or to other brands of cable-type drain cleaners.

The Root Ripper can be used in combination with General's Flexicore cables. Heavy-gage wire is coiled tightly around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope and heat treated to offer strength without sacrificing flexibility.