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Rainbird ESP4M

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by soaked.in.sweat, May 15, 2007.

  1. soaked.in.sweat

    soaked.in.sweat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Hey all, I would like to hear your opinions.
    I know someone who bought a bunch of controllers from a supply company that went belly up, all the controllers are dated May 06. Prices he is selling them for:
    ESP4MI = 59.95
    ESP4M = 75
    E9C = 39
    ESP12LXi+ = 170
    ESP20LXi = 240
    3 station mod for esp = 10

    I have already bought 12 esp4mi's from him and they are in new condition and work perfectly. Is it wrong to install 1 year old parts for your new installs just to save money?
    He still has plenty left but when there gone there gone.
    I don't know if I should purchase enough for the whole season or not.
    If your interested let me know...
  2. grewup_withsprinklers

    grewup_withsprinklers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    that sounds like a good deal. I pay 100 bucks for each esp4m. nothing wrong with it, keep on keepin on.
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Unless you have left them out in the sun, they sound brand new to me. Its not like your hanging fruit on a wall, just hard plastic. Should last just as long. Who knows how long your distributor has had them in their wharehouse, then in the store, could be just as old.
  4. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Don't ever think that the "new" parts you're installing were made in the last month, especially when it's a slower-moving part like controllers as compared to sprinkler heads. :)
  6. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    thats on ebay

    ive bought dozens of esp modulars from that guy with the 2006 date stamp no problems
    and its saving me hundreds. other than not getting my rainbird rewards points, im happy!

    E_liquidators is his handle
  7. soaked.in.sweat

    soaked.in.sweat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Yeah Paul from e_liquidators. he's selling them on ebay.
    Would these controllers still be under rainbird warranty?
  8. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    A home owner can get the Rainbird ESP4MI brand new for $59.95 (with free shipping from California).

    Modules are about $20

    Marsan turf
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    As usual... Ed knows how to do his homework. :)
  10. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    When I was getting estimates to have my sprinkler system reconnected after building a pool, a Florida Irrigator wanted to sell me the ESP-4Mi for $250 and $40 for each module.

    Purp, I gotta get you some roof top photos of my yard compared to my neighbors. The difference is unbelievable. We are having drought conditions, and because everyone is running their systems, more than they should, pressure is at an all time low.

    No brown spots and green circles in my back yard!

    The front yard (where I still have PGP's) is a different story.

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