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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Buck_wheat, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes! 1000 percent agree!

    I remember asking a rb reb eons ago why the sell sell that POS surepop head. Never got a straight answer as the embarssment in his face said it all. Rb doesnt get it and never will. perhaps orbit will buy them out and complete the cycle!
     
  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Except I don't install Hunter. Installed one if their ET systems on a site and was not that impressed with it. The solar sync is basically a toy.
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  3. Raven2510

    Raven2510 LawnSite Member
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    Unfortunately so is RBs ET SMT controller. I used to sell, now I install.
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow .... that gives new meaning to planting high. :dizzy:
     
  5. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    YES! YES! YES!

    I told my RB rep this 4 years ago. I have several acreage sites with ESP-LXM controllers and ET-Manager cartridges that I would change tomorrow if this became available. I think that it won't though, because then what happens to all those companies tha have contracted with RB to provide the weather data for the ET-Manager? I really think the ET-Manager is just a step above a solar sync, yeah it uses more data to make decisions but it's still making changes to the seasonal adjust for the entire program rather than adjustments per zone like the SMT.
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The good news for RB is that the ET manager is not their product. They license the core technology from a division Campbell Scientific. Even if RB discontinued the ET manager tomorrow Irrisoft still sells their version of the product. The signal providers aren't under any obligation to RB from what I can tell. I personally hate the ET manager. It's too damn expensive and the service fee is too high to essentially have somebody adjust your water budget or interrupt your common wire. I think that if they put the functionality of the SMT on an expansion cartridge for the LXMEF then it would be a big seller.
     
  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is on the edge of a "bio-swale" that the install contractor never installed any kind of rock or gravel in. It's just sand. Should be awesome first time that it rains and all of that sand ends up in the drainage catch basin at the end of the swale. :hammerhead:
     
  8. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree with this 1,000%. problem is once you get over 23 stations, unless you get into big bucks controls, the LX-M with an ET Manager is really the best option. It is WAY too expensive for what it does but on the larger sites, it does save enough water to be a wash or provide a small cost savings over the course of a a year.
     
  9. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For those sites we just throw an ET Water hermit crab in and call it a day.
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  10. alf500series

    alf500series LawnSite Senior Member
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    another one of those "i have a friend" that said he could do it. well, needless to say obviously-he couldn't.

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