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Battery Operated Controllers

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,433

    Truck, Magnawand ID 1200. I also share a White with a cousin of mine.
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,388

    Bolt a metal plate to top of valve box.
  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,458

    I replaced a node system with a Hunter XC Hybrid. Works pretty much like a Pro-C. Much better than being in ground.
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,433

    The point of the battery actuated valves is circumventing wiring issues which should be addressed properly to begin with.

    The hybrid doesn't do away with wiring, just power. I like the solar panel option a lot.
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,078

    We see exactly as jim has described...take the easy way out and slap battery operated controller on a valve...KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD Is the thinking...

    When various contractors dig on a large property, they jack up the wires and are legally allowed to fix anything they break without any advice, certification or otherwise. They mix schedule and class pipe, rotors and sprays..grass with flowers...trees bublers with grass :dizzy:.. they most often patch it together quickly and cheaply...

    Mostly because noone cares to watch what is going on... we end up being the dillholes making a stink.

    I gotta give it to my brother, he worked several weekends to trace and figure out where wires were cut for 5 battery operated controllers running in roadway medians....did it for free to make the large property system easier to controll...all went unnoticed by the board..

    Rant over...finding these? Simple...drop the mower deck and have at it in late winter...:nono:
  6. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Speaking of bat ops.

    An hoa had a bat op timer an they wanted to convert to ac.

    However the valves they had were netafim valves where the solenoid is not changeable . The hoa didn't want to replace the valves.

    Just installed a Hunter Xc hybrid , it uses 24vac and actuates the 9vdc.
  7. HardRain

    HardRain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    The battery technology on these products is stuck in the 90s. But, yeah, the requests to install them have been increasing. Usually on expansion zones.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Stuck in the 90s Really why ?
  9. Greenguy1

    Greenguy1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    I love the Node. This spring I converted a 45 year old Toro Hydraulic system over to Node battery power double 9volt battery cheapest option since the sleeves are not known and not there, there were 7 zones and programing was a bit tricky. A good 9 volt battery will last at least a mowing season the 2 battery will last 2 years. Everything has an appropriate application, and this was for the Node.....
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,433

    Exactly what i am getting at.

    Sorry but these are not the solution, they are the problem.

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