Rain Sensor

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lawn Hack, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Lawn Hack

    Lawn Hack LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 37

    I went to Lowes and Home depot to buy a rain sensor. (Hard wired) They both carried a $17 orbit and my controller is an Rainbird esp.

    Should I hol out for a sensor my by RB since my controller is RB.

    I have had no problem mixing and matching other components.

    Any advice
     
  2. The Elements Group

    The Elements Group LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    dont use orbit support your local irrigation supplier
     
  3. just in case your not aware, hunter and rainbird also make wireless rain sensors... :waving:
     
  4. Lawn Hack

    Lawn Hack LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 37

    Needed one in a pinch. I will pick up rb from supplier.
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,076

    Don't make a difference they work the same, or lets same they sometime work. We do a lot of irrigation work and those sensors are almost a joke ....sorta like a cork inthe river principal. Any debris and they don't work. Don't get wireless they are a pain to debug and half the time they break over the years.
     
  6. Lawn Hack

    Lawn Hack LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 37

    Anything better? Hate to run a 220v pump over 21 zones in the rain, but on the other hand, my pump will lose it's prime if the sensor malfunctions and disables the pump for a few days. That could be much worse for the pump. It's a weekend home sometimes we miss a weekend. Maybe I should forget a rain sensor?
     
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,076

    Well if the sensor works properly it could be off for a couple days depending on wind and sunshine. When the cork gets wet it pushes down on a micro swithch and holds it down until the cork dryes and lets it up.l
     

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