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entry for Boots' antique irrigation museum

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenmonster304, May 1, 2012.

  1. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    Finally took a couple pics of this "original" battery operated controller. Couldn't get into it but its now sitting idle since it got replaced by an easy-rain:realmad::wall. One day it will be mine.:cool2:
    Not sure about how to rotate the second pic.


  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Stumbled on this dinosaur when doing some plumbing work today


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  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    We see about 4-5 of those a year.
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  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    This is my second ever
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  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    They are the battleships in the controller fleet, not to mention they look damn good.

    Note the terminal strip connections. The company kept making this style long after they introduced a UL-listed version with molex connectors like you'd see on a Rainbird RC-7
  6. mrsteve

    mrsteve LawnSite Member
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    I still have a few in service as well. We used to put in clock and advance motors in them to keep them going. One thing they will do that some of the new clocks won't do, is run a high amp draw solenoid like on some old brass valves. IMO the draw back on the Imperial, Weathermatic RM,Rain Bird RC or any of the other mechanical controllers is not keeping time on a power interruption. With all the water restrictions we can't have them coming on during the day or on the wrong day.
  7. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why couldn't you put them on a battery backup like you would use on a computer?
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  8. mrsteve

    mrsteve LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    Most are outside so not practical

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