Sprinkler parts inventory

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by snomaha, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking for experience from 500k and above in sprinkler revenue on managing parts inventory. Anyone using a software system? techs responsible for stocking their own vehicles? We do not have a documented process in place and it's killing me in excess late season inventory sitting on the shelves.
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  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I never had much luck with any of the above: I tried to buy "for the job" and keep a stock of everything needed for service work in the shop or the truck, but, I was like you, I never liked sitting on inventory, especially pipe. I would have a much larger motor home if I'd collected a nickel every time one of my guys said, "we're out of 1" 45s". :hammerhead:
     
  3. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Switch to poly and you will never need another 45 again
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  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think we all get that way. After July, I tell me guys to watch what they buy, and ask each other if the other guy has something before they go buy a box of whatever. I have a ton of 1" poly ells right now because both guys bought a box late in the season.
    Sorry can't help ya, I don't have a system in place either.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    :laugh: Reminds me of a product one of my REPS turned me onto years ago. It was called "glueable poly", I think it was a pool product, took a special glue and it seemed to me, a cool way of getting over/under roots/mainline, etc. We tried it on one job, seemed to mate with sch 40 pvc fittings, until I got a call one Saturday morning and found that all the connections had blown. Seemed it was not made for pressure applications. :dizzy::hammerhead:
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    someone had the "flex pvc" tubing at a show, but did caution the (drooling) onlookers that it was not for continuous pressure
     
  7. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Senior Member
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    Had a install crew foreman put in a 4k stock order mid November the day before a 6" snowstorm????? I'm sure my vendor loves us.
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  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Geez, an honest REP? I was smart enough (sorta) in those days to not consider it for mainline applications, but she blew (to the moon, Alice) on laterals. :cry:
     
  9. Wet_Boots

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    Yeah, whoda thunk it? I forsaw it solving manifold rebuilds, especially considering that pvc unions weren't inventoried by distributors at the time.
     
  10. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    What kind of invoicing setup do you have?

    You got to figure out some way to to keep track of all the parts used from your invoicing
     
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