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Selling system add-ons

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mjtrole, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Mjtrole

    Mjtrole LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    Just curious if anybody out there sells "add-ons" when quoting residential installs?

    For example:

    The hose enclose by carson
    Stainless steel rotors
    Remotes for controllers
    Fertigators

    or any other add on's i may have missed?
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    We used price an upgrade from PGP's to I-20 in every bid, but so few people took the option that we only do it if they ask.
     
  3. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    Wireless Rain Sensors....I won't install wired ones anymore, too many limitations to location, etc. Rain Sensor is a great add on....
     
  4. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    How many years have you been installing the wireless ones? I won't touch them unless there is no other option.
     
  5. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    I have thrown in steel rotors before since there is one area where the main contractor uses them as standard parts so once I found that out I uncluded them in that area.

    Never installed a hose enclosure, they look too cheap to me

    I have thrown in remotes as incentives on larger systems.

    Thrown in one fertigator but to my knowledge she has yet to use it, I only recommended she use it for the beds only though.

    I have sell install varaitions as upgrades and find them to be easier then the above products, allthough the SS rotors are and instant bling bling factor to some.
     
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I suggest fertigation systems and water management systems as options. The thing is both of these options only have value to the client if they are into the gadgets and will learn and use them or they have a competent maintenance service that will make use of them.

    I don't even do new installs any more but when I interview a new prospective maint client I will suggest a fertigation unit first. I would also offer a water management system next if they have more than say a 9 station timer. I have a few of the Acclima systems in and once you get them set they work pretty well I have been very happy with them.
     
  7. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    We've installed one fertigator system. I wasn't that impressed.

    It was for beds, I think that in a lawn if you didn't have perfectly matched precipitation you would have some funky green spots on the lawn.
     
  8. kozmo

    kozmo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    i just don't like the thought of any fertilizer. airborne seems to me that is a liability.As well as kids and animals.
     
  9. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 321

    We've installed 2 Fertigation systems - both for beds only. One was drip ( for annuals ) and the other was 1812's. Installing the drip sucked because we had to take 2 mainlines into the rear yard through a 5' strip of grass on the side of the house ( plus the lateral that fed that strip ).
     
  10. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    We install the Hunter Wireless w/ every system. Only one problem over the last 4 years. Watch those hose enclosures, Looked like a great Idea. We put one in a home owners yard about 3 years ago, way back in the woods where they have bonfires. About a month ago she called and said her water bill was outrageous. Turns out the hose had a leak ( not the box ). Problem is with the hose enclesure there is no off valve like on a regular hose bibb. That's the only one i've ever used, usually we sell a hose bibb set up in a 12" valve box, $75-$125 depending on where they want it.
     

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