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Old 11-06-2012, 10:12 AM
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Things I Liked at the Irrigation Show

In no particular order:

- New modular controller from Toro. Huge display, onboard diagnostics, etc. Will compete with ESPM and Pro-C A real step ahead

- K-Rain's rotator nozzle. Beats MP in adjustability and ease of use.

- Drainage products from Rain Bird. Earn points now on catch basins, grates

Strange stuff I didn't like:

- Innogation - one head in the middle of the yard

- Hunter Node. A step backward for SVC

- Too many low end landscape lights. Now Orbit Irrigation is making crappy lites too!

Too early to tell:

- push on PVC fittings (no glue) from Lasco. Orbit also has some too.


Anyone else?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:06 PM
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In no particular order:

- New modular controller from Toro. Huge display, onboard diagnostics, etc. Will compete with ESPM and Pro-C A real step ahead

- K-Rain's rotator nozzle. Beats MP in adjustability and ease of use.

- Drainage products from Rain Bird. Earn points now on catch basins, grates

Strange stuff I didn't like:

- Innogation - one head in the middle of the yard

- Hunter Node. A step backward for SVC

- Too many low end landscape lights. Now Orbit Irrigation is making crappy lites too!

Too early to tell:

- push on PVC fittings (no glue) from Lasco. Orbit also has some too.


Anyone else?
The only thing I care for from Toro IMO is precision's and TPV valves. My boss had a bag of those Toro rotator nozzles for a front yard and I told him there coming out and MP1000's are going in. Orbit at the irrigation show?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:23 PM
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i have never heard of such a show around here, but would love to attend one if so. how can krain be easier than mp rotators? they are as easy as they come really. and toro, well they better step up cuz their clocks suck bigtime.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:34 PM
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i have never heard of such a show around here, but would love to attend one if so. how can krain be easier than mp rotators? they are as easy as they come really. and toro, well they better step up cuz their clocks suck bigtime.
Last Toro clock I hung had a special pitail with tinned ends and there was a terminal block inside the high volt junction box. PITA Although that weather sensor can be used with older controllers to upgrade older systems. I forgot 300's are cool.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:47 PM
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i have never heard of such a show around here, but would love to attend one if so. how can krain be easier than mp rotators? they are as easy as they come really. and toro, well they better step up cuz their clocks suck bigtime.
Last Toro clock I hung had a special pitail with tinned ends and there was a terminal block inside the high volt junction box. PITA Although that weather sensor can be used with older controllers to upgrade older systems. I forgot 300's are cool.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:51 PM
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I fell in love with Weathermatic's SmartLink. WOW. I know it's not new, but newish. Brilliant online UI.

Other than that... mehhh. Took 3 classes that I had hoped would be a bit more involved, but pretty basic.

A couple of test should garner a couple of certs, and we're off.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:06 PM
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A couple of test should garner a couple of certs, and we're off.
I wonder how many States require annual certs to keep up their irrigation contractor's license? It's not a bad idea, but any of those meetings I ever attended were so simple as to be meaningless.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:56 PM
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I wonder how many States require annual certs to keep up their irrigation contractor's license? It's not a bad idea, but any of those meetings I ever attended were so simple as to be meaningless.
Sounds like another great opportunity for state and federal bodies to reach into our pockets for something that they will never enforce anyway. I already have enough municipality, city & state licenses to fill a small book with. Im pretty much done encouraging these clowns to regulate something they are not going to enforce with any vigorous nature anyway.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:31 AM
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I wonder how many States require annual certs to keep up their irrigation contractor's license? It's not a bad idea, but any of those meetings I ever attended were so simple as to be meaningless.
I have to have 24 CEU's every 3 years to renew my irrigators license and another 24 for my BPAT. Some fo the BPAT CEUs will cross over to the LI but not all of them.

You get out of the classes what you put into them, if you take the Intro to Gluing Pipe class over and over you won't learn much but take the Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting or Auditing classes and you can gain some knowledge. I always try to find something I haven't already studied so I don't get bored.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:38 AM
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I have to have 24 CEU's every 3 years to renew my irrigators license and another 24 for my BPAT. Some fo the BPAT CEUs will cross over to the LI but not all of them.

You get out of the classes what you put into them, if you take the Intro to Gluing Pipe class over and over you won't learn much but take the Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting or Auditing classes and you can gain some knowledge. I always try to find something I haven't already studied so I don't get bored.
I have both LI and BPAT licenses also. That being said, I cannot believe they allow us to test our own valves. I still pay a third party to come and test the valve to take the liability off my company. I figure it will not be long before they do not allow it.
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