22 years, and still going

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irrig8r, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We had those on a few sites. They actually lasted for a while. It was made by Rain Bird Europe and they actually still sold that controller throughout Europe up until a few years ago. You should see some of the trippy looking controllers that they have on the RBE web site....

    http://www.rainbird.eu/5-6325-Fiche-produit.php?id_produits=49

    Battery operated.... gee... wonder who Toro stole their design from....
    http://www.rainbird.eu/5-6325-Fiche-produit.php?id_produits=44

    http://www.rainbird.eu/5-6325-Fiche-produit.php?id_produits=23

    http://www.rainbird.eu/5-6325-Fiche-produit.php?id_produits=287
     
  2. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
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    Irrig8r,

    Do you see Gachina Landscape out there a lot?
     
  3. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Interesting question. Yes, on both municipal and HOA kinds of jobs. Why do you ask?
     
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They are a big company. There was a whole write up on them a few years back in Lawn and Landscape or one of the trade magazines. It was an interesting read. They talked a lot about how they run their operation.
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I worked for them for a short time in the mid 90's when I was thinking of a change from self-employment. Like most companies, things might look a little different from the inside than from the outside.

    A couple of the better things Gachina did was to provide free ESL classes after work, which helped some employees to advance, and a strong summer internship program that brought in talent from colleges with solid L/S-Hort. programs.

    While I was there, they had one location and between 100 and 110 employees. They were trying to implement something called Total Quality Management, with mixed results.

    I was in charge of four maintenance crews, and had most of the time of two irrigation techs on many properties. The properties I managed had lots of old irrigation that we were renovating. They ranged from a complex of $1M plus townhouses to a site with 24 large apartment buildings, to a few small industrial parks and everything in between.
     
  6. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
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    Yea they are pretty big. I met the owner a couple years back at a bid meeting. I woulnt mind having my company get as big as his in the future lol. I run into them a lot in Fremont where they are doing a lot of city work.
     
  7. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

    I've seen a couple of HP's still in service...!!

    Theyre getting few and far between!
     

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