Originally Posted by TPendagast
Now only if the job was in florida and not the pacific northwest, and the company had crews familiar with valve in heads! Hot Dog!
Unfortunately not all companies (and most techs don't) have sufficient experience with valve in heads unless they come with golf course experience.
Golf Courses and commercial irrigation companies (for whatever reason), at least in the area in question, tend to keep their "people" separate... so you might have a company owner that knows quite a bit about valve in heads but if this the first (and/or only) install of the kind to use those for this company, then it ends up putting the owner and/or upper eschelon on the too for every warranty, adjustment, or maintenance call for years to come, which is why I said (especially in a larger company) unless you use the product a lot, logistically you are better served (and better service to the client) to stick with solutions you know than to think outside the tool box, so to speak. Now if the company deals with alot of valve in heads, that would be a moot point. But they would be a rare duck rather than a common company model, at least in the Washington area. (I dont know about florida)
as far as lightening, grounding kits are pretty common place in that area too... Although with the price of wiring in the last several years (holy cow 10-2 has gone up a lot!) it's not a bad design feature if you are struggling to fit in a budget.
Well not my first thought to put large rotor, valve in head, it would be cool, but not realistic. That much I know because nobody that I know of stocks parts, I don't have experience with valve in head and they cost 3 times for for the extra 25' of radius when I can just put in an I40 with opposing nozzles.