Rain Master Eagle controller - Good or bad??

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Puttinggreens, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
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    Does anyone have any experience with the Rain Master Eagle series controllers?

    They use an Internet based connection to change the global percent run times based on the local Et.

    I have plenty of experience running irrigation systems. My thought is that high water volume users in my area could benefit from this through water savings. If the benefit is financial, it becomes a no brainer.

    I did a search and found nothing.
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rainmaster makes a quality product, we have 9 Evolution DX in service.
    I have looked at the Eagle, looks like a neat product. We decided against
    it because we're so happy with the DX. Depending on your budget, I'd go with
    a DX-2 & use a Davis weather station. Rain Master E-Mail: <bills@rainmaster.
    com> tell him I said hello.
     
  3. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mike, thanks for the reply.

    I'm leaning, only leaning at this point, towards the Eagle for several reasons.

    I am considering using this controller at several soccer field complexes with less than 20 zones per complex. I think I need to justify the cost of replacing an existing controller with a new controller through water savings. The more expensive the controller the longer the pay back period.

    I am also thinking of using this controller at several high end residential homes whose irrigation systems I manage. Not having to physically show up at each site all the time to adjust runtimes would allow me to manage more sites.

    I am open to all suggestions good and bad.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not sure about the Eagle & multiple site operation. Bill Smille should
    be of help about that. We CAN operate multiple zones with the Evolution DX.
    E.T. is not much help here in the northwest because of the millions of
    micro climates. I'm a huge fan of central system, but remember, there is no
    better P.R. than having someone visit the site & check operation! Mike
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,775

    Don't drop your interest in Rain Master...research your application.
    What we did over the years w/ controllers was standardize: when ever we
    took over a new system, we first replaced the controller with our choice.
    Our choices in terms of running great, easy to operate & troubleshoot plus great factory support are not many: Irritrol "Total Contol" & Rain Master.
    We still have many Hardie "Touch Commands" in service..GREAT CLOCK.
     
  6. ServinSolutions

    ServinSolutions LawnSite Member
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    I am a Rainmaster DX power user like you. I have 59 DX controllers at last count, 20 Eagle I's
    (eagle plus is too buggy for me)..we had half dozen of them and after 2 years I was able to get rid od all of them and revert back to the Eagle I's with the upgraded communication card. The plus model had ongoing issues the entire time they were installed (what a headache). I control 241 controllers total for the City...most are stand alone still.
     
  7. ServinSolutions

    ServinSolutions LawnSite Member
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    I think I have met you or heard your name before in the industry...where are you located (work)?
     
  8. ServinSolutions

    ServinSolutions LawnSite Member
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    Have you ever tried to remote desktop to the pc running OASIS to control your clock from the field? It works, I do it frequently from my smartphone (screen is tiny) a tablet is the way to go with a cell card.

    Use Teamviewer to remote to desktop for free.

    I can stand in front of the clock and blue panel to it from Oasis to test communication....change a part and retest again.
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,775

    Very smart! Over the years, with our nine DX-2 clocks, I'd wished I'd pushed harder for Central, but the budget did not permit it at that time. Now, I'm close to spending that money on service calls. :cry: Oasis is a very cool system, as is Rain Master. :clapping:
     
  10. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Look at the ET Water 205 Series controllers and the SmartWorks panels. The nice thing about the SmartWorks panels is that they will literally bolt into an existing controller and be up and running in about 10 minutes. All you have to do at that point is audit the system and enter everything and you're up and running. ET Water is web based so you can access it from anywhere that you have an internet connection and a browser.

    For sites with 22 stations and less I'd seriously consider the Rain Bird ESP-SMTe. It will go up to 22 stations now and you can't beat the price for local weather based control.
     

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