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greenmonster304
07-19-2012, 08:37 PM
This Toro 734 valve in head wasn't popping so we dug it up and found this. I just took this place over, I wonder how long the other company ignored this. It was good we got to replace it with an 834 which has a taller riser.

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
07-19-2012, 08:49 PM
Wow that is wild. I have not seen any thing like that happen before. Looks like that root was determined to stay its course.
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irritation
07-19-2012, 08:52 PM
Maybe it just only stopped working recently. It happens. Is that area only covered by the FC heads?

http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/1671/riverbirch.jpg

greenmonster304
07-19-2012, 09:05 PM
Maybe it just only stopped working recently. It happens. Is that area only covered by the FC heads?

http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/1671/riverbirch.jpg

There is a line of pgps along the drive to the right but nothing to the left of the big toros.
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cjohn2000
07-20-2012, 03:14 AM
Whew, I know that feeling when you find out the head is surrounded by roots. Have a job that has a broken head and lateral under it and it is completely encircled by a 4" root. Break out the sawzall.

Mark B
07-20-2012, 08:37 AM
I normally have 1 of those a year, put the sawzall to the test. The old golf head bring back some memories for me when I first started out in irritation.

Wet_Boots
07-20-2012, 08:44 AM
Is the solenoid in the first photo a 24 VAC one? Black and red wires make me think DC

DanaMac
07-20-2012, 09:11 AM
I think we have done at least 10 root problems this year already.

CAPT Stream Rotar
07-20-2012, 10:19 PM
roots suck.

stebs
07-21-2012, 02:25 AM
Is the solenoid in the first photo a 24 VAC one? Black and red wires make me think DC

The toro stuff i've seen is 24VAC and red and black...

irritation
07-21-2012, 08:49 PM
Sawzall my ass, that thing would laugh if you took one to it.

DanaMac
07-21-2012, 09:19 PM
I have had a handful like the photo above, where I just leave the head in the ground/root, find the pipe, eliminate the head, and add in a new one close by. Our heads are usually swing piped in 1'-3', so that makes it easy to do.

irritation
07-21-2012, 09:27 PM
I guess, if you know exactly where the pipe is. My experience is even 3' away the roots are too bad.

cjohn2000
07-22-2012, 04:15 AM
Sawzall my ass, that thing would laugh if you took one to it.
When I have power at a site I prefer one. Blades are cheap.

grassman177
07-22-2012, 09:25 AM
i hate that, had a job like that last week, head hear a river birch tree, way too near . took my chain saw to it after digging out around the roots

Mark B
07-22-2012, 11:49 AM
Sawzall my ass, that thing would laugh if you took one to it.
You would be correct if it came from a flea market special.

Wet_Boots
07-22-2012, 12:08 PM
Even decent blades' edges seem to melt away as they churn through the soil

1idejim
07-22-2012, 12:14 PM
Even decent blades' edges seem to melt away as they churn through the soil

use a vacuum

Wet_Boots
07-22-2012, 12:21 PM
heck, I don't even have power for the sawzall :(

whiffyspark
07-22-2012, 12:41 PM
Battery powered sawzall with a pruning blade will work better than anything else
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greenmonster304
07-22-2012, 02:39 PM
A few years ago I had a site with a pipe being choked by roots . It was under a maple with very dense shallow roots and I couldn't identifiy where it was being choked without severly damaging the root system. So I went and got my compressor and made up a 1/2" wand and blew all the dirt out if the way and was able to find and repair the pipe without muck harm to the tree.
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cjohn2000
07-22-2012, 04:34 PM
Battery powered sawzall with a pruning blade will work better than anything else
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Exactly, especially the dewalt that moves at a high rpm

1idejim
07-22-2012, 04:42 PM
Exactly, especially the dewalt that moves at a high rpm

each blade has it's own recommended operating speed. wood blades are meant to work at lower speeds or rpm.
faster ain't always faster
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WalkGood
07-22-2012, 08:18 PM
Sharp blade does wonders.

ArTurf
07-22-2012, 11:23 PM
Whew, I know that feeling when you find out the head is surrounded by roots. Have a job that has a broken head and lateral under it and it is completely encircled by a 4" root. Break out the sawzall.

That's why I keep a SHARP Axe on the truck.

Mark B
07-22-2012, 11:26 PM
faster ain't always faster
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That is What my GF keeps telling me. :hammerhead::hammerhead::drinkup::drinkup:

stebs
07-23-2012, 04:47 AM
That is What my GF keeps telling me. :hammerhead::hammerhead::drinkup::drinkup:

You just HAD to go there... So here ya go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H3SX9bx4ao