Rain Bird HV Valves

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ASI, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. ASI

    ASI LawnSite Member
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    Just wondering if anyone is using the HV valve?
    If so what do you think of it.
     
  2. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks like they copied the Hunter valve..wonder if its better. We install a lot of the Hunter glue in 4 bolt valves. Easy to fix, and screws almost never strip out.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    One thing about the mfr description of this valve does not make sense. The material used is not PVC but rather polypropylene, glass-filled (something like the glass-filled nylon that's used in Silver Bullet and some Toro valves)

    What that all means is that the material they say is used is not capable of being glued like PVC is, and yet there's a slip x slip model offered.

    Explain this, Rainbird.
     
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe on the SxS model there is a co-molded PVC socket??
     
  5. 5.0

    5.0 LawnSite Member
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    My understanding is the HV is a value-minded product. Damn, is a DV really that expensive to some people? Regardless of brand, the last place I'm looking to squeeze a nickel is in the valves...
    I personally just filed it under RB marketing fails along with their "Lower list price than Hunter" marketing campaign. We bill for parts based off list price, so thanks for decreasing our margins. :confused:
     
  6. GreenAcresIrrigation

    GreenAcresIrrigation LawnSite Member
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    I have used a few at my house they gave me as demo's no issues yet. But they seem built extremely cheap for my liking's
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think the HV might also be a testing ground for a (slightly) different construction. Different solenoid. Different diaphragm design.
     
  8. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Then use Hunter or mark up your parts differently. This is a strange thing to be mad at a manufacturer for. They lowered the price which benefits you. Bob and Sally homeowner have no idea what the Rain Bird list price is for products! I had no issues with paying less and charging the same for product!
     
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    They lowered the list price without lowering the wholesale price, and that's why the gripe.
     
  10. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Then is sounds like some of the distributors didn't lower their whosale prices. Our distributor lowered their prices. I get a set % discount off of list price. That's the way that most of the big distributors work.
     

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