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jimmyburg
02-23-2009, 09:53 AM
has anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer then the supply houses.

here is one that is close to where i live.

http://www.dfwplasticsinc.com/site/index.php

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-23-2009, 10:07 AM
has anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer then the supply houses.

here is one that is close to where i live.

http://www.dfwplasticsinc.com/site/index.php

If they sell direct to you and I'm a supply house I eliminate them as a source.

hoskm01
02-23-2009, 10:08 AM
has anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer then the supply houses.

here is one that is close to where i live.

http://www.dfwplasticsinc.com/site/index.php
I looked into it some time ago.

Size of the order typically required plus shipping charges (if its not close to you) makes it a no brainer to stick with your supply house. Many wont even sell to you, as an individual.

Tom Tom
02-23-2009, 10:51 AM
has anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer then the supply houses.

here is one that is close to where i live.

http://www.dfwplasticsinc.com/site/index.php

I needed one of their lids last year and couldn't find it at a supply house.
Lowe's had it, though.

Waterit
02-23-2009, 11:11 AM
I see they produce the classic green nipple. Maybe this is where John got his...

Wet_Boots
02-23-2009, 11:26 AM
I used to see 'skinny' valve boxes in the Rainbird catalog, including an extend-a-box version for longer manifolds. Wish I could find those again, for old installs where no one planned for valve boxes in the first place.

Tom Tom
02-23-2009, 11:27 AM
I used to see 'skinny' valve boxes in the Rainbird catalog, including an extend-a-box version for longer manifolds. Wish I could find those again, for old installs where no one planned for valve boxes in the first place.

u talking about the add-a-box?

irrig8r
02-23-2009, 11:41 AM
Depends on who you ae calling a "manufacturer".

I'm pretty sure that everything that Irrigation Direct sells is made in a Chinese, Indian, or Mexican factory... but I don't think they own the factory, so are they manufacturers? or are they "Manufacturers In Name Only?"

Obviously, stuff is made to their specs, and for the most part (not always), I've been happy with their QA, and their customer service has been top notch.

It's a different business model than the majors, and cuts out distributors... but in the long run, is that a good thing or not?

I like having a couple of distributors to pick from, and the smaller one refers me to a lot of work... if I were to shift all my higher profit (to them) purchases to I. D., then I'd probably be screwing myself in the long run...

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-23-2009, 11:56 AM
I see they produce the classic green nipple. Maybe this is where John got his...

!/2 by 6" three way cutoff. Hip Hip Hooray

Wet_Boots
02-23-2009, 12:01 PM
u talking about the add-a-box?Could be. I don't remember the name. I run into old installs where the valves can't be serviced, or manually operated, because you'll have a single long row of valves, placed so close to the foundation that only a straight-sided box will fit.

Mike Leary
02-23-2009, 01:54 PM
I run into old installs where the valves can't be serviced

Must be touching to return to your early work. :p

sprinklerchris
08-29-2009, 08:11 PM
has anyone ordered directly from the manufacturer then the supply houses.

here is one that is close to where i live.

http://www.dfwplasticsinc.com/site/index.php


I received an e-mail this week from http://www.directbuyirrigation.com They appear to be sideline business for a molding house that makes things for the major brands.

Has anyone had experience with them? I am placing an order for their sample kit to see what the stuff is like. They say 100% made in California. I could use a deal on elbows, risers and the like.

borwicks
08-29-2009, 08:16 PM
Yes. never had a issue. Not all companies will do this I have found out.

Cloud9Landscapes
08-30-2009, 04:44 AM
I see they produce the classic green nipple. Maybe this is where John got his...

I bet he tops it off with a Safe-t-lawn "mist head" as well...

Rotor_Tool
08-31-2009, 11:39 PM
I received an e-mail this week from http://www.directbuyirrigation.com They appear to be sideline business for a molding house that makes things for the major brands.

Has anyone had experience with them? I am placing an order for their sample kit to see what the stuff is like. They say 100% made in California. I could use a deal on elbows, risers and the like.

This is not going to be a great help, but there is a company in California that makes and sells elbows (swing pipe type) direct to contractors. Not sure pricing is that great, can't remember. I got a memo the other day that RB lowered pricing on many of the accessory items including both 1/2" and 3/4" elbows...check with your current supplier to see if they have followed suit. My new pricing is $.11 for the 1/2" and $.12 for the 3/4" swing elbows.

sprinklerchris
09-01-2009, 04:34 PM
This is not going to be a great help, but there is a company in California that makes and sells elbows (swing pipe type) direct to contractors. Not sure pricing is that great, can't remember. I got a memo the other day that RB lowered pricing on many of the accessory items including both 1/2" and 3/4" elbows...check with your current supplier to see if they have followed suit. My new pricing is $.11 for the 1/2" and $.12 for the 3/4" swing elbows.

This company is 9 cents for an elbow...but that's not where the deals are. The drip stuff and bubblers are super cheap. I got another e-mail saying free freight in September.

turfer surfer
09-01-2009, 06:11 PM
We bought a ton of stuff from directbuyirrigation.com, their .09 swing ells and swing pipe are great. Super fast shipping... I wish they had a valve and a controller though.

landscapeconcepts
09-03-2009, 08:51 PM
I have bought pop ups (http://www.directbuyirrigation.com) and pc bubblers (http://www.directbuyirrigation.com) from them. Both items performed well, but the price was excellent.

Rockz
09-04-2009, 01:39 PM
When you are a rural hacker and piker like me, sometimes it is nice to have the stuff deliverd to your location. Tried a couple of different ones and so far so good.

sprinklerchris
09-15-2009, 12:55 PM
I received an e-mail this week from http://www.directbuyirrigation.com They appear to be sideline business for a molding house that makes things for the major brands.

Has anyone had experience with them? I am placing an order for their sample kit to see what the stuff is like. They say 100% made in California. I could use a deal on elbows, risers and the like.

The sample order arrived and looks good. Lets see how they perform in the field.