Originally Posted by JimLewis
That's not true at all. You don't have to use their logo anywhere, ever, if you don't want to. I do use their main RAIN BIRD
logo on most of my trucks and trailers. But nobody from RB ever asked me to do that. In fact, I had to ask them to make sure it was okay to do that. And I paid for all of them on my own. My truck lettering guy does those for me, not RB. There are three reasons I like their logo on my truck. 1) I am proud to be an installer of RB products. 2) RB has killer name recognition. Hands down, the most respected name in the industry to homeowners. I want to be associated with that. It lends credibility to us. 3) People who have RB systems (which is like 75% of homeowners in this area) see that logo and assume (correctly) that we are specialists in RB systems. So they call us first after seeing that logo on our trucks. But the notion that to be in the Select Contractor Program you have to use their logos is 100% B.S. So is the notion that you have to use only RB products to be in their Select program.
And by the way, I've seen just as many old washed-out landscape trucks and trailers with the Toro logo on the side as I've seen Rain Bird. Doesn't mean Toro is all that bad. Especially as of late, they got some pretty nice products out on the market. It just means that a lot of irrigators have gone out of business over the years. No surprise there.
I don't know why you gotta be hating on the RB Select Program when you really don't know much about it.....
IMO, it's the best rewards program out there. I've never been treated so well or had such excellent customer support from any other company in all the years I've been doing business. IMO, their program is better than anything else out there. They've routinely proven that to me and that's another reason I'm proud to display their name on our trucks and website.
Expert with Rainbird products? Maybe you can educate me on how installing Rainbird is any different than any other brand. Rainbird has it's place, but isn't always the best option. The "ESP" controller is much harder for home owners to program than Hunter Pro-C. The risers are much harder to adjust than a Hunter Pro-Spray. Most of the time you end up turning the spray body on the threads before the riser will adjust.
Don't get me wrong I like Rainbird on large resi installs, as the controller has a few more programming options. It just rubs me wrong when people exclusively use one product because that is all they are comfortable with (thats what it really comes down to).
Expert Rainbird installer---... gag me. You hit a sore spot with me because there is a "used car salesman" type in my area that shoves Rainbird down peoples throat. I am a "Select Contractor" also, but you wont see me labeling my company with anything other my my company name.
And the "Smart Controller" sucks unless you program controllers for a living, and tell the home owner not to touch anything.