Weathermatic Smartlink

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ASI, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ditto. Spent many hours troubleshooting these controllers, most of the time end up replacing the face plate or the whole controller. One thing I have found is the program A start time reset to 12 & 3 happens most consistently with a power outage, be it a full power out or opening the face plate, when there is no functioning battery in place. Now don't ask me why this happens given the program is supposed to be in static memory, but these programming problems seem to occur mostly with program A (resetting or just not working). Also had my share of problematic weather stations.

    I have one right now the weather station (wired commercial grade) is no longer being seen by the controller. Haven't tried to troubleshoot it yet.
     
  2. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    With all the bells and whistles they packed into the SL I never understood why there was either no battery-recharging circuit like the old ESP's or a lithium battery for the backup. Stupid to count on an HO to replace an alkaline battery twice a year. Also think the shut- down- when- opening- face plate thing is dumb.

    The loss of comms with the weather station was the #1 problem with the WS - never had any problems with the SL using a Mini-Clik.
     
  3. Autoflow

    Autoflow LawnSite Member
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    I installed my first Smartlink a few weeks ago. I think it's excellent. I met up with my supplier rep and the international export manager from Weathermatic to run through all the features and data sheets with the weather station etc. It has stacks of features on there. Flow monitoring will be here soon too.

    Being able to program the controller off site is awesome. I was able to leave the site and beat the rush hour traffic after a major upgrade, and do the programming with the weather station later on that night after I had a feed.

    Being able to use it as a remote on a large site with unlimited range is an excellent feature too, especially for auditing an old system where there were no plans of where the zones watered, and in a public area (hospital) where there are people all over the lawn areas. I could just kill it as soon as I saw it come on, and then come back to that zone once the people had moved on. It takes about 10 seconds to respond once you hit the button, whether on or off.
     
  4. ASI

    ASI LawnSite Member
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    I was just wondering if anyone (besides Autoflow) has used the Smartlink?
    If so, what did you think of it?
    I clicked on the banner above tonight and noticed the deal expires 9-30-12.:drinkup:
     
  5. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    It seems Hunter has moved their controller manufacturing to China. It felt wrong to hang a clock that says Made in China. I think were moving to RB clocks and sensors at least.
     
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i posted a thread on this , liking the specs on the clock, but seems allt he answers are in this thread......

    is the consensus still they seem to have a high failure rate? cuz the ability to smartlink is a very huge factor in the capabilities that are enabled to you with this tech.
     
  7. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    I haven't had any of the ones I've installed fail at all. I have serviced two of the really old ones that have failed.
     
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Located a valve at a large commerical site this morning then off to a smartlink seminar. 45 mins. for the locate so i was a bit late for the seminar.

    i liked both the system and the rep.

    Since there's a 100 mile turn around i am making a day of it. :laugh:
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Where ya going dude?
     

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