Warranty

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Rainman7, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 288

    I came across 3 Hunter Pro-C clocks today that have bad displays and a manufacturers date of Mar03. Hunter has a 2 year warranty and my dist. adds 1 year shelf life. I would think I could return it any time in March. My dist. says it must be returned before March. Anybody know how that works? Anybody else having display problems with the ProC? I had a few others last year.
    Its amazing that Hunter does as well as they do. PGP seals,ProC Display, SRC Dials, Coils separating....what else?
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    PGP seals?

    Thats a new one. I probably see one bad wiper seal per 10 cases.
     
  3. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 288


    Pleeaase. You must be new to the business or maybe they send all the bad heads to NY. Few years back the wiper seals were so bad that they were sending our distributors cases of them. There ability to keep out sand leaves a little to be desired. Ever take a look at the scores on the shafts after a coulple of years on the ones you replace? Look at the wiper seal on the Hunter, then compare it to the R-50 or Weathermatic T3, those are seals.
     
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have to disagree Rainman. PGPs have been the most reliable heads out there. Don't get me started on the R-50, I junk those whenever possible. Been in business over 11 years now, in the industry for about 15, and PGPs here have had the best success rate. Haven't seen much seal leakage at all.

    Can't say that I've seen any of these problems, other than the very few seals leaking.
     
  5. Flatbed

    Flatbed LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 39

    I have only replaced one Pro-C controller in the five years I have been installing Hunter, I can't remember replacing a PGP for a bad seal.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    The installers having trouble with PGPs might be working in especially sandy areas, like Long Island. If I have to use PGPs in abrasive soils, I take especial care to set the heads so the soil doesn't get a chance to chew up the seals.
    At least not before my guarantee expires. :p
     
  7. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 288


    Thanks Boots, I was starting to get a complex. Could it be that weather & ground conditions here are unique as compared to anywhere else in the states?

    Those Pro-C clocks I was talking about all happend to be outdoor clocks. Maybe that has something to do with it.

    What about the coils? That problem makes me crazy, the inside of the coil pops out and the shell is still in the valve. Whats up with that?
     
  8. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 288

    How about a reply on my original post? Oh wait, I forgot, no one else returns Hunter product because they last a lifetime.:waving:
     
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rainmain, I use RainBird DVF-100's. They used sealed solinoids with a captured plunger so you don't have to find the plunger in the valve box after it gets blasted out by water....I hate that. They also almost never need to be warranteed.

    However, no manufacturer is perfect, The R-50 has a great wiper seal, too bad it stops spinning after 3 years....We have very little sand, mostly extremely rocky farm soil or very heavy clay depending on where in the county I am. So...I don't have much wiper seal failure at all, and between using RB 1800's (Greatest wiper seal on a spray imho) and the PGP's, there is very little warantee returns.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you have to return a manufactured-in-March clock in the month of February, if it's a 36-month warranty. I haven't heard about solenoid problems with Hunter valves, being an Irritrol (Richdel) valve user. Can you elaborate? Are the SRC dial issues on the old ones, or the current SRC-plus model?

    Sandy soils run along much of the Atlantic coast, and across the country, there are pockets of glacial debris, courtesy of the last ice age, that are even nastier to sprinkler heads than coastal sand.

    (and on a non-abrasive water supply, with a properly-adjusted stator, the R-50s have been especially reliable. On sandy water, I wouldn't know)
     

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