Fixed or Adjustable Spray Nozzles?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jbell36, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,257

    What do you guys prefer/install for spray nozzles? To me fixed nozzles seem obsolete these days, is there a good reason to use them over the adjustable nozzles?
     
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yes fixed arc perform much better than vans. Vans are the worst, I only use them if I absolutely have no choice.
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  3. mrsteve

    mrsteve LawnSite Member
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    I take out quite a few vans that are damaged. Not sure if it's mechanical (lawn crew) or overtightened. I used them some when they first came out because they had the 18' one. The other brands I don't have much experience with. Really like the Rain Bird undercuts in certain places where you need more up close watering. Weathermatic brass have a great pattern if you have the pressure and money.
     
  4. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    Fixed. I hate to have to use VANs, they have terrible DU, use more water and clog much easier. Only hacks use VANs where a fixed would work. I even stock the available TT, TQ and T fixed nozzles on the truck.
     
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    VANs are water hogs. A VAN set to 180 degrees, will put out more water than a fixed arc. They pattern also gets distorted easily with dirt or debris.
     
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,257

    i have a friend who works for a bigger company here in town and he pretty much said the same thing, especially with VAN's getting clogged more often...i had a feeling this was going to be the responses, although i was hoping they would get better responses, was thinking about using more VAN's when i run out of my current stock, might rethink that...

    does anyone use all VAN's or does that seem to be the consensus?
     
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    The toro vans are the worst the rb are better but they break on the top.
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  8. mrsteve

    mrsteve LawnSite Member
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    Haven't use the HE van, but I've seen some in action. They have a better looking pattern, but may have the same problems as the others. Tried to buy a few today at Deere, but they said only Ewing has them around here.
     
  9. Hate vans. The most important part of an irrigation system is that final spray to the landscape. In my opinion that has been going downhill for the sake of convenience. I've seen 50 year old brass nozzles that would put the current spray nozzles to shame.
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ditto. Any time you got to fool around with a adjustment screw, other than a fine-tune, you've screwed-up the design. I never used brass nozzles with adjustments, and rotors are the worst for guys fooling with them due to wrong application. :hammerhead:
     

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