weathermatic or hunter

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by zwillinge, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. zwillinge

    zwillinge LawnSite Member
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    i am about to have an irrigation system installed. i was impressed the the weathermatic controller but do i actually need it? the hunter pro c seemed good as well. any suggestions? my yard is about 6000 square feet with 6 trees 6 bushes 3 beds. i have gotten quotes between $2100 and $3100. am not sure how to decide. thanks. chris:confused:
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Stick with the Hunter....or Rainbird, if they will install it.
     
  3. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    From a homeowners standpoint what impressed you about weathermatic?
     
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hunter-Hunter -Hunter-Hunter -Hunter... did I mention Hunter?
     
  5. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    which weathermatic controller are you talking about? Is it the smartline controller? if so, i'd go with it.

    as far as your quotes, how do they compare as far as number of heads,valves,pipe etc.?
     
  6. ESprinklers

    ESprinklers LawnSite Member
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    The Weathermatic Smart Line Controller SL1600 is sweet. Probably more available options on it than your average homeowner would really need, but if your like me and a gadget freak, then you'll love it.

    But on the contrary, Hunter just introduced a new smart controller in February too. Haven't gotten my hands on it yet to really check it out, but from what I'm hearing it's supposed to be nice as well. Still no update on pricing yet for it though. Hopefully we will have it in stock shortly.
     
  7. zwillinge

    zwillinge LawnSite Member
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    what impressed me?
    it sounded like i don't have to do anything at all. also i would allow for irrigating the various zones for multiples times during one watering.
    58 heads don't know about zones yet.
     
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was the entire system quoted weathermatic or just the timer? Actually when I am in the market to buy something I will purchase from the company that I feel the most comfortable with unless their is a huge difference in quality of product. Myself I would prefer the Hunter components but also that is what my experience is with since it is the popular brand in the area. Why is it the most popular? It could be because of quality OR it could be because the company is more aggressive in marketing and incentives to contractors for using the product. Just my two cents.
     
  9. zwillinge

    zwillinge LawnSite Member
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    it seemed that it is the controller only. the guy gave me two bids the lower one for the hunter controller ($2600) and the higher one for the weathermatic ($3,100). he explained things well but i did not like the way he kept saying to me "you don't do anything, the controller knows when to water etc.". i also did not like the fact that he mentioned his subcontractors wanted to hurry to the next job since they are paid commission. made me think "are they going to hurry my job too". the references i got were good, both clients i called liked the job and/or fixing if something was not ok. none of the other companies have used this weathermatic in their bids. thanks for all you input. chris
     
  10. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would be hesitant to rely on any of these "smart controllers" just yet. They are very new to the market, some rely on information from weather stations to program which means an ongoing cost. Others rely on sensors in the soil to suggest water frequency. I have been told by someone that is a specialist in these types of controllers that most of the sensors are not reliable yet. He has done some independent testing as he deals that 1% of the wealthiest clients out there. Spend 500 on a rain dial or the new hunter pro -c and wait for the dust to settle. 3-5 years a winner should emerge, but not yet.
     

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