Rainbird 5004 Rotors

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mattm1962, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. mattm1962

    mattm1962 LawnSite Member
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    Earlier this summer I installed 15 RB 5004's in my backyard. So far I have replaced one because it stopped rotating and another because the wiper seal failed. This morning I noticed another one leaking at the wiper seal. Am I just having bad luck or are there problems with these heads? Also, to avoid having to dig out the latest problem head and replace it, I would rather just pull out the guts and fix or replace the seal...is that possible?
  2. Those seals are easily damaged by sand/grit/soil.....If you haven't already done so, make sure the heads are installed slightly above SOIL grade......

    Yes you can replace just the guts...
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are things I do like about the 5004, but the reliability is still something to be desired.
  4. cush

    cush LawnSite Senior Member
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    If only rain bird made nozzels for the hunter pgp's!
  5. If I had a dollar for every time I wished that......
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I still think someone should make aftermarket nozzles for the PGP.
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    What would you want these aftermarket nozzles to achieve? Low pressure coverage? (Hunter will suggest you really want 50 psi head pressure - [note to Hunter - get real])
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Better break up on lower GPM nozzles. Compare rainbirds low GPM nozzles to Hunters and you'll see what I mean.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    That "better breakup" is really skewed towards over-coverage close-in. But it sells. Hey, you could always craft an adapter, and use R-50 Rain Curtain nozzles. You can't get more close-in coverage than those.
  10. Beartooth

    Beartooth LawnSite Member
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    Nothing beats an R-50 nozzle for sure! But, I heard Rain Bird is taking the R-50 out of it's product line. Typical Rain Bird--why sell something that has been around forever and actually works!

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