Sprinkler Donut Video "Sprinkler Head Protection for Rotors and Spray Heads"

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Sprinkler Buddy, Oct 27, 2012.

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  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Does anyone that installs and service sprinkler systems think this is a good idea?

    Seriously.
     
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't ..

    I don't want to knock the guy but he is also pushing his product on professionals with a lot of us not really ' liking change '. I understand he wants to sell his product but I have a feeling he's not going to get sells here and the whole ' bump ' tactic is lame..

    I read his FAQ which answered a few of my ? but still..

    Installing at the proper grade with annual inspection would be better

    Eventually the UV protection will be out and that cute green thing will oxidize and turn into a ugly puke green thing. Just like all plastics in the sun

    Eventually- unless someone is anal enough dirt will fill into it just like how dirt finds to fill it's way into all cracks outside.. this will make the shine of the unit go away making it much less appealing. Additionally grass clippings will eventually fill it up too. I'm that anal guy who would have to go clean these things- another stress I would have to deal with .

    I also see grass around the sides of it growing long over the top of the cone that the mower won't grab... To me this would be ugly.. Which then means you must weed wack/ edge every one .. Then in turn it beats up the buddy unit from

    I'm sure it works fine for a few years then fizzles out
     
  3. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's not. It's a gimmick. Weekend Joe the homeowner may think it's awesome but I can't see any professional installing it. If a head is properly specified, installed and backfilled to begin with there should be no issues with a lawnmower driving over it. We mow 750K square feet of turf a week with no problems with the mowers driving over the heads.
     
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    My product does require some maintenance, just less of it than any other like product of its kind found on the market. Here in FL, we use swing joints, etc... but the sprinkler heads are still prone to accidental damage caused from the mower tires.

    "I don't want to knock the guy but he is also pushing his product on professionals with a lot of us not really ' liking change '."

    I'm not here to push it on you professionals, many homeowners visit this forum by accident through doing searches on Google, etc... That is who I'm targeting here on this forum. You couldn't be more correct saying most professionals not really "liking change."

    As a lawn care professional myself I have spent many years dodging yard art, solar lights, plants, etc... that the homeowner would put in their lawn to their liking without my knowledge. Most of the time I would see them before mowing them over. That is because I could see them.
    The sprinkler heads I had damaged or been accused of damaging in the past, I couldn't see. Since I have been putting my product on those sprinkler heads in troubled locations due to ground conditions, etc... I have been able to avoid them with my mower tires or mower deck in some situations.

    I have come across many that love my product and also many that feel the same as many of you that hate the idea. Either way one feels is OK with me, it's here for those that want it or want to try it. Many of those that have tried it had reordered. That tells me they really like what they see after trying it.

    I'm not trying to start a confrontation, I'm simply stating the facts. This is a very inexpensive product considering what we pay for many of the rotary heads on the market today. For less than $3.00 a sprinkler head, one can keep them visible with little maintenance and hopefully avoid running them over with the mower tires because they can see them if they are looking for them. Without my product, that isn't possible.

    I bump my thread because I'm a paying sponsor and I need to make the most out of my advertising dollars. I'm not trying to aggravate the members here. Many other things I would rather be doing but for now this is one of the many avenues I'm using to get my name out there. Please respect and understand that even if you don't approve of what I have here. Thank You! Leo
     
  5. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I can also tell you that problems with broken sprinkler heads isn't just a FL issue. I have sent Sprinkler Buddy packs out to every one of the states all of you guys are from in this thread. I suspect they are being used on sprinkler heads for the most part. lol I have had a few use them for other reasons too. :)
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you are trying to rely on this site as your source of advertising to homeowners then that is a misguided effort. Pay somebody to do some SEO for your website and you'll probably do much better.
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  7. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I have done and use many different methods. It's not an easy thing for a small company with one product to get an unknown product known across the USA.
    Many of you professionals I'm sure can imagine what I'm trying to do and will do!

    You know how hard it was or is to get your message out just locally in the area you work, by the many threads on this forum concerning that very topic I know you do.
     
  8. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You're right.... irritating professionals is a super way to get your name out there! Hope that all works out for you!
     
  9. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    lol I'll be gone before long. Until then just ignore this thread, life is to short to let it bother you or anyone else for that matter. I'm sure I would like most of you guys if we knew each other and I'm sure many of you would rib me about my product non-stop even after I retire from mowing grass because of it.*trucewhiteflag*
     
  10. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    In my 4 years being on the forum I think you are the first to push your product. Good luck I'm just expressing my opinion

    I guess it's regional. I've never seen any of the products on the video you had. The only protector I've ever seen is larger PVC or ABS around the head.
     
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