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Specialty Tools/Tricks

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Tony Clifton, May 26, 2007.

  1. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 865

    Just curious what kind of specialty tools you guys carry on your irrigation service trucks.
    As if now we really dont have anything other than a multimeter, screwdriver, pipe wrench, needle nose pliers, and channel locks.
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    pump,many different sizes of channel locks, a few different screw drivers,all the pup key's, fully stocked irritrol valves, super 600's, pgps's,rainbird 3500's,a few 12 in pgp's and 570's, a full arsenal of 570 nozzles from 8-15 ft >4X15 end strips and side strips, spade,tamp,rake few trenching shovels, tarps, everything to repair a standard backflow, spare 3/4 and 1 inch poly, copper, 1 inch pvc fittings,

    my best trick that i used today was on one of those peanut valves that toro makes with the flow control was stuck open on zone three....i was BS..wanted to get home...any how i opened and closed the water service to the backflow and bang she closed right up...I call it stretching out the rubber....

    when I'm by myself and i know there is service work to me made/adjusted i make every trip to the basement worth while..meaning if I'm checking my fixes on zone three i move the truck over to zone 4 repair my hunter spray head while three is running when the repair is over and cleaned up i go down stairs to controller turn 3 off and fire up 4 to check my work..

    i make every trip on job worthwhile...plain n simple
  3. apart from the common hand tools, I have sockets with extensions, 521 valve locator, ground fault locator, station masters, Rain Bird wire identifier, multi meter, drills w/bits, hand pump, sawzalls, torch for copper and also removing broken PVC fitting in metal connections , copper ring crimping tool and now two Rain Master remotes and pigtails , hammer and chisels, hand saws and a curb key. Back at office, jackhammer, 14" concrete saw...
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    You get the sprinkler/geek award of the day..what we all should have!
  5. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    I have everything but this. Where does this come into play? We carry a sawzall for root jobs. Lenox makes a great folding hacksaw that uses sawzall blades. A giant screwdriver for cleaning under pipes and spreading pipe apart.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    Uh uh..battery operated sawsall...Makita...fine blades to cut thru the crap
    class 200.:weightlifter:
  7. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    18v dewalt cordless sawzall,drill, radio.
    And I have 4 batteries so I never have to worry about being out of power.
  8. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    The sawzall is the only tool we carry that requires 120v everything else is battery powered. Dewalt makes a folding cordless screwdriver which is our most used power tool. For the 2400s we carry a big roundish vice grip that will fit in the 6" valve box for screwing the top off.
  9. A sharp wood chisel for digging in hard ground around pipes in tight areas...priceless.
  10. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    I don't carry this but my assistant carries a dremel. Since he gets all the tree root jobs that thing has come in very handy for him sometimes.

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