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koster_irrigation
11-23-2011, 07:55 PM
Over the years ive started to collect quite a bit of old heads, clocks ETC for display at my shop & office.

Ive also been collecting old irrigation product catalogs that i come across on ebay and such. Ive got TORO, Rainbird, Irritrol etc, product catalogs going back to the early 70's

Does anyone have anything like this they would like to part with, i'll pay of course. PM me if interested.

Im lacking alot of product catalogs for the 80's....

irritation
11-23-2011, 08:07 PM
You can still find quality Toro manuals online.

http://www.lljdingoman.com/Documents/rescom%20literature/Toro/Controllers/IC%20Series%20Owners%20Manual.pdf

http://www.lljdingoman.com/Documents/rescom%20literature/Toro/Heads/Super%20600%20Series%20Installation%20&%20Service.pdf

http://www.lljdingoman.com/Documents/rescom%20literature/Toro/Valves/Flo%20Pro%20Female%20Globe%20Installation%20Guide.pdf

Wet_Boots
11-23-2011, 08:09 PM
You'll have to pry my Safe-T-Lawn catalogs from my cold dead hands. :)
I remember seeing a Thompson catalog from before WWII on ebay. I think it fetched at least fifty bucks.

koster_irrigation
11-23-2011, 08:10 PM
good ol' IC series controllers, ive got two hanging up in the shop..

koster_irrigation
11-23-2011, 08:12 PM
You'll have to pry my Safe-T-Lawn catalogs from my cold dead hands.
I remember seeing a Thompson catalog from before WWII on ebay. I think it fetched at least fifty bucks.

My thoughts exactly, Ebay is where ive been getting a few things here and there literature wise, old catalogs and such...

Wet_Boots
11-23-2011, 08:13 PM
I regret cutting up my catalogs to put only the pages I needed into a binder. :(

FIMCO-MEISTER
11-23-2011, 08:14 PM
Do you have the ABCs of Lawn Sprinklers? It's a classic.

koster_irrigation
11-23-2011, 08:20 PM
^ No, I Just Looked it up on amazon, it does still exist, printed in 1980 by the irrigation asso.
For a cool $114 it can be yours

irritation
11-23-2011, 08:30 PM
Ive got TORO, Rainbird, Irritrol etc, product catalogs going back to the early 70's

I would like to see some of those early 70's catalogs. Please scan and post.

Mike Leary
11-23-2011, 08:34 PM
I would like to see some of those early 70's catalogs. Please scan and post.

Bring on the Imperial catalog!

Wet_Boots
11-23-2011, 08:39 PM
costs you five bucks a peek payup

Mike Leary
11-23-2011, 09:12 PM
costs you five bucks a peek payup

Bring it on, big boy. Paypal?

koster_irrigation
11-23-2011, 09:12 PM
^^ My earliest toro catalogs are actually "toro moist o matic" catalogs..

irritation
11-23-2011, 09:17 PM
I serviced a few moist o matic pin type hydro systems in my early days.:hammerhead:.....not fun.

I like the old Toro logo though.:)

Wet_Boots
11-23-2011, 09:18 PM
I installed a few of the later 500-series pop-up sprays, that used the standard Toro nozzles. Maybe the only pop-up spray body to have a basket strainer, like the stream rotors did.

Mike Leary
11-23-2011, 09:24 PM
^^ My earliest toro catalogs are actually "toro moist o matic" catalogs..

Nice thumb shots.:)

Wet_Boots
11-23-2011, 09:27 PM
(note to self - get mini-boot for thumb when photographing hand-held catalog)

FIMCO-MEISTER
11-23-2011, 09:40 PM
I had a really cool TORO clipboard from the early days of the stream rotor but i left it with Argos by accident. Hopefully its influencing his kids in a positive way.

FIMCO-MEISTER
11-23-2011, 09:50 PM
I serviced a few moist o matic pin type hydro systems in my early days.:hammerhead:.....not fun.

I like the old Toro logo though.:)

Henry just sent me this pic. He told them just abandon it and start over. The lady wasn't too happy with him but I think it was the right call.

irritation
11-23-2011, 10:03 PM
That's a Custom II normally open and I still have several operating. He's right the conversion kits are very expensive and Toro no longer sells parts for those controllers. But you don't necessarily need to abandon it and start over.

Mike Leary
11-23-2011, 10:11 PM
I had a really cool TORO clipboard from the early days of the stream rotor but i left it with Argos by accident.

There is no "accident" with clipboards. I have one, also, and intend to leave it with someone that I believe will understand the meaning behind it.

mitchgo
11-23-2011, 10:13 PM
If I remember I'll look around the shop for the controller you wanted

FIMCO-MEISTER
11-23-2011, 10:23 PM
That's a Custom II normally open and I still have several operating. He's right the conversion kits are very expensive and Toro no longer sells parts for those controllers. But you don't necessarily need to abandon it and start over.

I started in the biz installing TORO hydraulic in college station in the late 70s.

I've converted a few to electric with three way solenoids. Mainly because of the rain sensor requirement. In this case they had several valves down, no plan of the system, and all the valves were buried. Unless its a well done system which in Dallas they rarely were I think its time to abandon them. TORO has abandoned them so that is pretty much what they are hoping we will do as well. By the time the service history is over on this one they will have spent well over the cost of just getting a new one when labor is billed at 95/hr.

irritation
11-23-2011, 10:54 PM
I agree in most cases, but some of the old systems were installed very well and easily revamped. All of the hydro systems I work are well designed and I'm sure I could find the valves if need be. I could put in a conversion kit or replace valves and run wiring. The biggest problem is landscaping changes over the last 30+ years. I've installed systems over old systems and that too can be a pain in the ass.

koster_irrigation
11-24-2011, 08:30 AM
If I remember I'll look around the shop for the controller you wanted
Is that the rainclox? thanks mitch, that will be my xmas present. let me know your paypal address for shipping.

Kiril
11-24-2011, 08:37 AM
There is no "accident" with clipboards. I have one, also, and intend to leave it with someone that I believe will understand the meaning behind it.

Thanks dad. :)

DanaMac
11-24-2011, 08:40 AM
I think I still have this beauty in the shop, along with the WeatherMatic in the blue case.

Wet_Boots
11-24-2011, 08:59 AM
I have at least one of those, new in the box, via ebay.

Waterit
11-24-2011, 12:00 PM
I'm sitting here thinking of all the money I could have made off the old fogies on here, instead of just throwing out all those defunct outmoded controllers over the years...:cry:

Wet_Boots
11-24-2011, 12:12 PM
Has anyone here gotten emails, letters, or postcards, from some bright boys out there in the public that (pre-ebay) wanted to sell their old irrigation controller?

Mike Leary
11-24-2011, 12:13 PM
I'm sitting here thinking of all the money I could have made off the old fogies on here, instead of just throwing out all those defunct outmoded controllers over the years...:cry:

:laugh: You've really gone over the edge when you start collecting junk clocks. :dizzy:

koster_irrigation
01-10-2012, 08:44 PM
1971 Toro truck marking program literature...
I say this would look real good today on leary's RV!


Also some nice reading material, buckner 1973

As for the last picture, maybe its not too late to fill out the card and mail
it in to become a toro franchised distributor...

Wet_Boots
01-10-2012, 08:50 PM
is the top Toro head on the left page the 540?

koster_irrigation
01-10-2012, 09:07 PM
560 stream jet sprinkler

Wet_Boots
01-10-2012, 09:16 PM
Back then, they had a popup body with a basket strainer.

Check the "cam drive" Buckner 1300 series head.

Mike Leary
01-11-2012, 01:52 PM
I say this would look real good today on leary's RV!

I hate to admit it, but I did have some of those stick-on ads on my first service truck, complete with hardware store mail box numbers to indicate my phone #. :cry::dizzy:

Kiril
01-11-2012, 03:02 PM
....... Toro rep alert

Wet_Boots
01-11-2012, 03:38 PM
It wasn't the most horrible truck marking program ever conceived.

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/1955/campercabinonwheelskrai.jpg

Wet_Boots
02-27-2012, 12:07 PM
So, did the OP snag this little beauty from eBay?

koster_irrigation
02-27-2012, 01:59 PM
^ i had that saved to watch on ebay. I forgot hang out yesterday


Thats back when rainbird / nelson were together or such

Wet_Boots
02-27-2012, 02:22 PM
I have no memory of that particular business combination. It puts a bit of a spin on L.R. Nelson jumping right in with their own version of an anti-backsplash impact head, once the RB patent ran out. Those were only 4-page inserts, anyway.


By the way, peeps, note the triangular spacing. :)

the irrigator
02-27-2012, 02:54 PM
found this floating around the office. copyright 1966

Wet_Boots
02-27-2012, 03:39 PM
found this floating around the office. copyright 1966even the lawns had crew cuts then :p

the irrigator
02-27-2012, 04:03 PM
All hand drawn diagrams and artwork. Cam drive rotary and ball drive rotary
heads! Hydraulic piston valves and electric thermal motor valves. Page seven of the intro is titled "What is a lawn sprinkler system?"
Haven't looked at it for a long time - some interesting reading.
The wife thinks I have some sort of strange addiction !

Mike Leary
02-27-2012, 06:51 PM
By the way, peeps, note the triangular spacing. :)

Some things have changed since everyone quit using brass nozzles. The precip. rate for triangular spacing was so infinitesimally small vs. the water waste, that I'd be surprised if any one (except Boots) uses it. :confused:

Wet_Boots
02-27-2012, 07:26 PM
The guys at Imperial made a special full-circle brass nozzle for the systems that ran full-circle heads on separate zones. They had a lower precip rate than any of their part-circle nozzles.

Mike Leary
02-27-2012, 07:54 PM
The guys at Imperial made a special full-circle brass nozzle for the systems that ran full-circle heads on separate zones. They had a lower precip rate than any of their part-circle nozzles.

So? What's the point, genius? :dizzy:

Wet_Boots
02-27-2012, 08:23 PM
So? What's the point, genius? :dizzy:Less zones, silly. Imperial didn't want to lose a sale to the penny pinchers. It did make some sense for small water supplies.

Mike Leary
02-27-2012, 09:07 PM
Umm, don't lower precips make for longer run times? I believe the MP craziness proved that. So, with heavy nozzles, and proper soil prep, big guns rule. If I could get 1" an hour, I'd be a happy camper. Trick comment,I never did.:rolleyes:

Wet_Boots
02-28-2012, 08:26 AM
At more than 5 gpm for a standard full-circle brass nozzle spraying 15 feet, there was plenty of room for economy, and the Imperial "3GPM" nozzle displayed just that. It was a product that allowed for more than one full-circle spray head per zone, when supply was less than 10 gpm.

sprinklerchris
03-09-2012, 08:13 AM
I have no memory of that particular business combination. It puts a bit of a spin on L.R. Nelson jumping right in with their own version of an anti-backsplash impact head, once the RB patent ran out. Those were only 4-page inserts, anyway.


By the way, peeps, note the triangular spacing. :)

In the 1950's... and maybe into the 1960's, Rain Bird products were marketed by LR Nelson east of the Mississippi.

The company was called "Rainy Sprinkler Sales".

Rain Bird veterans like Ed Shoemaker (who became head of golf sales) and Ken Mills (who headed the commercial division) came from Rainy. That brochure looks like a real find.