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PSUturf
06-02-2008, 12:29 AM
Has anybody had any problems with the Hunter ET System, specifically the rain gauge? I installed the sensors last August and every time it rained the rain gauge only registered 1/2 of the rain that fell. The sensor was stored inside for the winter. Now the rain sensor doesn't register any rain for 24hrs after a rain event. This morning it read .06" even though there was no dew and it hadn't rained in two days. Temperature, solar radiation, and humidity sensors appear to be functioning properly.

CAPT Stream Rotar
06-02-2008, 06:41 AM
I hear the warranty bells a ringing!!!!

brookviewlawncare
06-02-2008, 07:38 PM
We have installed 2 of them. Have had sensor fault problems with them both one site is on its 3rd and the other is on its second !! There is a self test feature that you can run to ck things out don't know that it cks the rain bucket ? Call Dennis at hunter technical support I am sure he can help.

Mike Leary
06-02-2008, 07:41 PM
Did Hunter pay you for your troubleshooting & re-install time?

txgrassguy
06-02-2008, 08:14 PM
Hunter hasn't paid me diddly squat for any of my warranty issues.
Yes I like their products but if these problems continue I will switch brands in a heartbeat to one that has better warranty procedures.
Anyone know if Rainbird or Weathermatic pays for warranty labor?

Mike Leary
06-02-2008, 08:41 PM
Rain Bird & Weather Matic have taken care of me...Rain Bird parts + labor, WM parts,
but lotsa solenoids. Hunter should step up & be a player if things go south.

brookviewlawncare
06-02-2008, 09:36 PM
I don't use much hunter products really just the couple et managers and some clocks .. I will not deal with john deere landscapes and that really is our only dist up here so i have been going straight through tech support and have not made a issue about labor reimbursement . I had figured that there would be a couple of problems with the system the first year but really wanted to get my feet wet with one right away . So to answer your question NO

PSUturf
06-02-2008, 11:06 PM
I talked to Hunter rep today. They are sending me a new ET System in exchange for my defective one so that they can examine it to figure out what's wrong with it.

Waterit
06-02-2008, 11:07 PM
Rain Bird & Weather Matic have taken care of me...Rain Bird parts + labor, WM parts,
but lotsa solenoids. Hunter should step up & be a player if things go south.

WM solenoids? For their 1" Nitro valve?

Mike Leary
06-02-2008, 11:28 PM
WM solenoids? For their 1" Nitro valve?

WM has had huge problems with their hencho en mexico solenoids.
They now say the problem is fixed, after four solenoid types failed.
WM should not only replace the solenoids nc, but give you credit for
time spent screwing around with this terrible f..k up on WM's part.
Weather Matic used to be a player; thanks to d.s. management,
they've become the wanna bees; resting on laurels that don't exist.
I'm having trouble not only with the SL clock, but solenoids that are
six months in service.:hammerhead:

Waterit
06-02-2008, 11:35 PM
We gave them a shot, looked like interesting product. Then started having solenoids fail. Yes, they gave us new, but come on - if I have to replace the same one more than once, I'm replacing the valve. Which we did, DV's for Nitros, and not one failure since.

Love that SL - we do a lot of pump and well work, having the dual-voltage transformer is nice for a clean wiring job.

Their rotors SUCK! Leak, get out of adjustment, etc. Did one job with them (my own backyard) and replaced them with 5004's.

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-03-2008, 06:47 AM
WM has had huge problems with their hencho en mexico solenoids.
They now say the problem is fixed, after four solenoid types failed.
WM should not only replace the solenoids nc, but give you credit for
time spent screwing around with this terrible f..k up on WM's part.
Weather Matic used to be a player; thanks to d.s. management,
they've become the wanna bees; resting on laurels that don't exist.
I'm having trouble not only with the SL clock, but solenoids that are
six months in service.:hammerhead:

Curious as to the SL issues Mike. WM has a no questions asked warranty policy which is nice but who wants to use it. call backs are a killer.

Mike Leary
06-03-2008, 10:36 AM
Curious as to the SL issues Mike. WM has a no questions asked warranty policy which is nice but who wants to use it. call backs are a killer.

Something about the center dial: I go to "manual" & get "percentage".
By wiggling it, it'll come back to "manual". I'm keeping tabs on it.
Had a solenoid that is six months old go down yesterday, at least that's
what I think, given their stellar reputation. It's pouring rain here, & I don't
own rain gear anymore, will check the solenoid later.

Kiril
06-03-2008, 11:10 AM
Something about the center dial: I go to "manual" & get "percentage".
By wiggling it, it'll come back to "manual". I'm keeping tabs on it.


Irritrol rain dial and total control timers have the same problem.

Waterit
06-03-2008, 11:56 AM
Had a solenoid that is six months old go down yesterday, at least that's what I think, given their stellar reputation.

May I suggest doing what we do? We'll replace the solenoid once, then second time around (six months or less, usually) replace the valves with ones that we KNOW won't go down. Must have replaced 100 or more WM's in the past year, all because they can't make a solenoid.

Haven't noticed the SL dial problem, but will watch for it - have another one going in tomorrow.

Mike Leary
06-03-2008, 12:57 PM
Must have replaced 100 or more WM's in the past year, all because they can't make a solenoid.

Piker, we ate about 300 of the little dears a few years ago. WM gave us
cases of solenoids, but no compensation for labor. :hammerhead:
We'll see how the "new and improved" S2OP "marine grade" (cough)
solenoid works.

Waterit
06-03-2008, 03:49 PM
"Piker"? What is that?

Mike Leary
06-03-2008, 04:31 PM
"Piker"? What is that?

Meant jokingly, "a person who does things in a petty way". *trucewhiteflag*

Waterit
06-03-2008, 06:01 PM
Taken jokingly. *trucewhiteflag*