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Weathermatic Proline

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Sprinkus, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    Anyone try the new Weathermatic Proline controllers yet?
    It appears to be a Smartline with the "Auto-adjust" features removed.
    I'll be installing one later this week on a small residence.
    Pretty darn good price on it too.
  2. looks like they are still using those cheesy speaker clip terminals.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    I'm getting to trust W*M less and less.
  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,097

    looks "busy". But what do I know we don't even use back flow preventers here
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    if you remove the auto-adjust from the SmartLine, does it become the DumbLine? ;)
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,829

    No.... Even with Auto Adjust it is already the DumbLine. Now it's just an overgrown Orbit!
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    care to explain your report?
  8. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,829

    My opinion of the SmartLine is based on my first hand experience with them. I'll start with the overall cheap feel and build quality. The display sucks! It's 2011... c'mon already and put a decent display in that controller..... it'll probably only cost another $1 per unit to do so! I also hate the terminal strips (as do others here) and I also hate the fact that on the 4800 the opening in the bottom of the controller is way to small to fish a large amount of 14ga wire into. The weather station is the cheapest feeling and looking part of the whole deal. I think it must cost them $2 to make in China. I would probably be able to get past the physical quality shortcomings if the damn thing actually worked properly. We have on on a site with 37 stations, of those 28 are turf with MP Rotators. We have a very very strict water window on the site (as per the clients needs). The controller seems to run as many stations as it can and then once the water window is closed it stops. This is fine, it's what it is supposed to do but then it never seems to run the remaining stations. It should run the remaining stations the next available watering day (since it doesn't need to water every station every day) but it does not seem to do this it just keeps accumulating deficit for the stations that it isn't watering. I think when the Smart Line came out it was a big break through for it's price range but now there are controllers and other options that are so much better. If Weathermatic wants to stay in the game they are going to have to step it up a notch and completely re-design that thing.....
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    The truth is prolly W*M is just hanging on, though I have some good friends in that company who are quality. Love their valves, brass nozzles and that big boy SL was a neat clock, but the other clocks, go fish; the're ESP clones.
  10. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,835

    I hate those things. That's my one big complaint about the EPS-LXM, I really prefer screws. They can put them on the ESP-M so they should be able to on the ESP-LSM also. Oh well, I have an RB specific TRC now so at least I don't have to put remote pigtails on the LXM anymore.

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