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Hunter SVC Reliability- Bad

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ed2hess, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    We haven't used a lot of these battery powered Hunter Valve Controllers but the failure rate is about 30%. I took one out that had an Oct 03 manf. date and is bad.
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Try switching to the Nelson Solo-Rain.

    We've been using them for a number of years now without a failure. The only Nelson product I like.
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    we have had nothing but good luck with them....

    we install mabey 25 a year and have not had one failure yet. (did had one solenoid go bad)

    i have found that batteries bought from local hardware stores, etc... don't hold up in them... they have sat on the shelf too long..
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    Yes I wonder how to tell when you got a good 9 volt battery....and where to get them.
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    Even though the valve was 3 years old John Deere replaced it free.
  7. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,019

    not for nothin', but i've have a site running 3 latching solenoids off a single SVC 100 for the whole season. i change the battery in april, check it in june, august and again @ the turn off. never had a problem.

    on the other hand, i've had 2 Solo Rains go on me this year.
  8. bdb

    bdb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Don't let them fool you. John Deer didn't replace it. Hunter did....they have a 2yr warranty on anything that is not a "I" series (ICC,ICV,I20....5yr) and on top of that a one year self life to distributor (within reason) It's more of a cushion for the dist. if they don't get warranty items sent back right away.

    All in all they are good. Must have good batteries (as stated earlier) and not be submerged in water in valve box.

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