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Old 06-18-2009, 07:21 PM
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It's all screw terminals baby! You're good to go with the remote pigtails. I've actually installed pigtails on a couple of the units that we are testing (I think they were even yours). Actually that contoller has a 24V hot tap right on the block so you don't even need to mess with the transformer wires either!
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:22 PM
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It's all screw terminals baby! You're good to go with the remote pigtails. I've actually installed pigtails on a couple of the units that we are testing (I think they were even yours)
I'm so happy.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:24 PM
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I've become increasingly dissatisfied with the Hydropoint/Smart Dial controllers after working with the Rain Bird ESP-SMT and the LM Modular with the ET manager cartridge. The Rain Bird controllers seem to be much more predictable in their operation whereas the Hydropoint controllers seem to be a bit erratic in their scheduling and performance. That and now Hydropoint is marketing and selling directly to our clients and cutting us out of the deal so I can't support them by purchasing their products.
Good Points.

I also have no idea how close their weather stations are in relation to
my controller. I usually check the Daily ET figure it receives every day and
wonder how accurate it is.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:25 PM
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EBay - here come my Smartlines
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:26 PM
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So right now the weather stations are only wired correct?
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:27 PM
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The weather station looks like a monstrosity. Did you see my earlier post about some HOAs not allowing weather stations?
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:31 PM
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The weather stations are currently wired but they are not that big. They are maybe 6" x 6" x 8" high. They have a nice sturdy mounting bracket as well. They are not that big and defiantely smaller than the S/L station. The funny thing about the S/L station is all it has in there is a rain switch and a temp sensor and they made it all big and stupid. The Rain Bird station has a tipping rain gauge and a temp sensor. The Rain Bird measures the rain fall and then calculates how much of that is actually usable when calculating the schedule. The S/L just shuts the controller down and "guesses" how much rain fell and turns back on when the switch dries out. Not very accurate IMO.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:37 PM
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Hopefully they will work with no "recalls" as we all know Rainbirds history with new products. I'm hoping it works as advertised and is RELIABLE.


On a completely different note, when the heck are Toro's new super duper precision series nozzles gonna be available?????????
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:41 PM
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On a completely different note, when the heck are Toro's new super duper precision series nozzles gonna be available?????????
LOL... they're on the same release time table as the V-1550 was when it was announced... which means we'll see them in about a year!
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:41 PM
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How do the programming adjustments deal with iron-clad watering restrictions that don't give a flying fig about your cutting edge electronics?
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