Rain Bird ESP-M

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irritation, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I thought this controller was near perfect. Simple and easy for tech challenged clients and held it's program if unplugged or during a power outage. I now have to use the ESP-ME (Enhanced). Much more complicated and a higher price.:hammerhead:
     
  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well then definitely stay away from the ESP-RZX for your tech challenged clients. It's a lower cost controller but it is station independent so it's a little different to program and it's a little more confusing. I actually like the ESP-Me however. If you really have to dumb it down there is always the STP Plus series which is idiot proof.
     
  3. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
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    OMG, I HATE that controller. I guess I can see where it would be *easier* for a homeowner to program but it is so contrary to pretty much every single controller a pro would use, especially having to set a start time and watering days for every zone. Ugh!
     
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm no fan of it either and I would never install one but for some people it's exactly what they need. The stupid thing is that it was originally designed as a consumer product to be sold at Home Depot (which it still is) but then they felt the need to sell it commercially too.
     
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    All controllers should be station independent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Most people are too dumb to get their head around the concept station independent. The best station independent controller ever was the Rain Bird ISC-B+
     
  7. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,188

    I had a service call today for zones stuck on. Zones 1-4 were on and the dial was in the off position. I unplugged it and they all shut off, plugged it back in and all was fine. ESP-4MI installed 7-2-08. I've never seen this problem before.
     

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