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mitchgo
05-19-2012, 11:11 PM
Toro bought out Irritrol completely . when did this happen?

I received in my inventory already Toro's redesign on the 2400. It's the same exact insides except it's black and the collar is different

Mike Leary
05-19-2012, 11:13 PM
toro bought out irritrol completely . when did this happen?

A while ago, years. They also bought Rainmaster. :cry: The good news from my friends at Irritrol/RM, is Toro is leaving them alone, so far.

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:15 PM
Toro bought out Irritrol completely . when did this happen?

I received in my inventory already Toro's redesign on the 2400. It's the same exact insides except it's black and the collar is different

They purchased James Hardie Irrigation back in like late 1996, early 1997.

mitchgo
05-19-2012, 11:15 PM
hmmm I must have missed that tps report

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:16 PM
LOL.... yeah... they learned some hard lessons while trying to merge those two companies. They were a lot more careful when they purchased Rain Master.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-19-2012, 11:19 PM
Except they still suck in the pigtail dept.

Mike Leary
05-19-2012, 11:24 PM
They purchased James Hardie Irrigation back in like late 1996, early 1997.

That was a cool company, and I used their product almost exclusively. Robert Hardie sold the biz, I don't think, to Toro right away. He sure got himself into trouble with the crappy siding "Hardie Board" that he sold to tract builders.:hammerhead:

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:25 PM
They sold it straight to Toro.... If I recall they spent about a year merging them together..... They were a cool company. I remember when the Total Control was released. That was an awesome controller at the time.... way ahead of everybody else!

Mike Leary
05-19-2012, 11:27 PM
So, Toro already owned Irritrol?

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:29 PM
no.... Hardie owned Irritrol. They were like the 3rd owner of Irritrol. Back in the 80's Irritrol was it's own company that was then bought by Garden America, which owned Lawn Genie and Richdel. Then Garden America was sold to Black and Decker. Somewhere later on Hardie bought the whole thing from Black and Decker.

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:30 PM
I think that Garden America also acquired Rain Jet somewhere in there too....

greenmonster304
05-19-2012, 11:31 PM
I have seen Toro in the small print on the TCs for years.
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Mike Leary
05-19-2012, 11:48 PM
I remember when the Total Control was released. That was an awesome controller at the time.... way ahead of everybody else!

It was, and was my medium-end clock of choice. The "Touch Command" was also ahead of it's time, and if it had flow sensing, it would stand right up to current clocks. I always hoped, at I.A., to meet the guy who said, "I designed the "Touch Command". :clapping:

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-19-2012, 11:52 PM
The Touch Command 2 had several hidden keys on the faceplate that would make the clock run all kinds of self diagnostics when pressed.
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Mike Leary
05-20-2012, 12:17 AM
The Touch Command was the first clock I ever ran into that had dual access codes to enable/disable manual operations and another to disable screwing with the internal programming.

AI Inc
05-20-2012, 08:13 AM
So, Toro already owned Irritrol?

Yes , irritrol was a name toro used for a supposed high end controller before the hardie purchase.

Wet_Boots
05-20-2012, 09:28 AM
Irritrol was a controller company with their own solid-state controller, before they were bought. Hardie also bought Safe-T-Lawn and made the heads at their California facility. Toro supposedly sold off the Safe-T-Lawn assets to someone in the Midwest.

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-20-2012, 10:55 AM
Yes , irritrol was a name toro used for a supposed high end controller before the hardie purchase.

No. Hardie owned Irritrol. I've got piles of schematics with the Irritrol and Hardie name on them that came right from Hardie's tech services dept.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-20-2012, 11:20 AM
The Irritrol also screwed up electrical troubleshooting classes. The double dial used a hot common which I never failed to mention to the instructor.

Sprinkus
05-20-2012, 11:25 AM
The company history (http://www.thetorocompany.com/companyinfo/history_brochure.pdf) shows that they "launched" the Irritrol brand in 1996.

Here's another LINK (http://www.answers.com/topic/the-toro-company) to the company history.

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
05-20-2012, 11:44 AM
The company history (http://www.thetorocompany.com/companyinfo/history_brochure.pdf) shows that they "launched" the Irritrol brand in 1996.

Here's another LINK (http://www.answers.com/topic/the-toro-company) to the company history.

exactly.... this was right after they purchased Hardie. They did not get the rights to the Hardie name since the James Hardie Corp is still in existenance selling construction products so Toro chose to use the Irritrol name to sell all of the Hardie products under.

mitchgo
05-20-2012, 11:12 PM
Well..

Rip Irritrol!!!!:drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:

Mike Leary
05-20-2012, 11:20 PM
Sweet bottle opener! No one ever gave me one. :cry: