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. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    That is true for those sprinkler heads that have been installed a little high or are not on level ground and our wide mower deck digs in some. Those heads really need my Sprinkler Buddy. lol

    The damage to most sprinkler heads though are from the mower tires and the weight of our mowers. That has been my personal experience over the years mowing grass professionally.

    Maybe it's a FL thing..... :laugh:
     
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    Sprinkler Buddy is designed to be mowed over or should I say straddled with the mower tires when mowed over, now that you can see them to avoid damaging them. Sprinkler Buddy remains 1" to 1 1/2" above grade, depending on the size of sprinkler head it's being used on. Anyone that cuts above 2 1/2" isn't going to be cutting up the Sprinkler Buddy if they have installed it and the sprinkler head correctly to begin with.

    You do have a good idea though. "biodegradable or have organic fertilizer" lol

    Think most that use my product are more interested in reducing sprinkler head repair cost.
     
  3. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    It wouldn't be bad around full circle heads, since the typical full circle nozzle gets covered and the open orifice on top gets grass growing into it, clogging and distorting it. I think someone mentioned it but I hate when people take nice grass and notch out the grass around the head 2-3" or more
     
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I just realized, Wet Boots makes a very valid point about our mower decks. Here in FL, sprinkler donuts or concrete donuts are very common. Many of our customers demand that we use and maintain them in their lawns.

    This has happened to me in the past and I'm sure to many other lawn care guys. The mower deck catches the sprinkler donut just right and pushes it into the sprinkler head, causing the damage. Or worse, damage to our mower blades if it gets pushed up when contact is made with the sprinkler head.

    Sprinkler Buddy puts no additional stress on a sprinkler head. If one were to hit it with the mower deck, being made of a flexible material it would simply flex and instantly rebound back once the deck has moved on.

    Good point Wet Boots, our mower decks are much lower than our cutting height. To be effective, the sprinkler donuts or concrete donuts have to remain above the height of the sprinkler heads themselves or they serve no purpose. Thus putting them at greater risk of being caught by the mower deck.
     
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    If the head is set near level the mower deck should not hit it.
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    You have me confused? I thought that decks were designed to protect the blades from the introduction of exterior hazards and protect the clumbsy and clueless from the blades? Wouldn't do well to have the deck higher than the blade, I didn't realize that Fl was exempt from that line of reasoning.

    Another way of looking at a mower is from the home owners point of view. A mower is a machine (much like a car or tractor) and the operator is responsible for damages incurred from improper or unsafe use of the machine. Seems that the LCO should do everything in its power to avoid the heads, including slowing down or using a lighter weight machine or weight distributing tires in known situations. The problem with that theory is the operator might have to pay attention to what he is doing.

    I do wish you the best of luck but i'd rather see you bump your head than bump your thread, use a little class. If your product needs a slap on the back, someone wil slap it for you.

    Again, best of luck to you!
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  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need the decks to be close to the ground so wet grass will be picked up completely. Homeowner mowers don't need that functionality. Lots of systems never had damaged heads until the pro equipment showed up.
     
  8. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ditto! Ive been thinking the same thing!
     
  9. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    From the top, the deck is below the mower blades (closer to the ground).

    My maintenance company is not responsible for damage as a result of improperly installed irrigation components; above grade for example, or not on swing pipe.

    With 60" decks, it's not always possible or practical to run a slalom course around sprinkler heads, most of which can't be seen anyway.
     
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    The deck can hit it, tires, casters, weed whackers, heavy traffic, etc. 1.5" above grade can represent a tripping hazard.

    Bent grass, Bermuda, Kentucky Blue, Centipede, Rye, Zoysia all cut to 1.5" (+ or-)
     
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