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All Pro Lawn Care
07-17-2008, 08:57 AM
I moved into a new house earlier this year and the controller is pretty beat. I have never replaced a controller and have a few questions.

Can I use a different controller instead of Toro?

How hard is it to do?

What controller would you go with if I can change to another controller?

Thanks

sprinklerchris
07-17-2008, 09:57 AM
The IC-4... another relic of the early 1980's. LED display. Six keystrokes to activate a zone manually. One of Ed Hunter's last projects at Toro.

Yes, you can replace with any standard 24 volt controller. I would recommend an ESP series controller from Rain Bird.

Label your wires (common, 1, 2, 3, 4) before disconnecting from the old clock.

Wet_Boots
07-17-2008, 10:14 AM
Lawn Genie!

irrig8r
07-17-2008, 11:00 AM
The ESP will do it.
Manual operation by individual zones is easier on the Irritrol Rain Dial, but it will cost you more.

Wet_Boots
07-17-2008, 11:07 AM
Most reliable controller. Ever.
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=105431&stc=1&d=1207520393

irrig8r
07-17-2008, 11:55 AM
And one of the most limited. For instance, waiting for the balance of a half hour to finish before the next zone starts... a three hour watering window... hard when you have 3 of them to water 18 zones for instance... total of 9 hours watering window... :confused:

At least RCs would advance to the next one and had up to 60 min. per zone.

First controller i ever played with really. The older style with the fake wood grain decals and logo that looked like orbiting electrons...

Wet_Boots
07-17-2008, 12:05 PM
Limited, yes. Most reliable, yes.

And what other controller features rack-and-pinion operation? :p

Waterit
07-17-2008, 05:27 PM
Most reliable controller. Ever.
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=105431&stc=1&d=1207520393

Yeah, and the time dial turns COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, as all good timing devices should.:dizzy:

CAPT Stream Rotar
07-17-2008, 06:22 PM
esp or the pro c..

irritation
07-17-2008, 07:58 PM
I thought the Toro IC series was pretty cool when it first came out. It was not long after we got tons of calls to reprogram or replace them. :hammerhead:

Without A Drought
07-17-2008, 09:29 PM
i still have about a dozen lawn genies in operation. at least i think they operate.


pg

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-17-2008, 10:58 PM
Stick with TORO. We need feedback. Nobody here uses them and your experience could be valuable to us.

Waterit
07-17-2008, 11:06 PM
Stick with TORO. We need feedback. Nobody here uses them and your experience could be valuable to us.

What, you need more tips on how to replace them?:laugh: