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Weathermatic Valve Stuck Open

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by MEXANDME, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Autoflow

    Autoflow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    From your experience how do the Weathermatic Silver Bullets go, or are you all scarred after their problems a few years back? Weathermatic are being pushed by my supplier and are relatively new to Australia. I installed 21 Silver bullets at my last client and I am about to install another 20 at another site. I also installed about 80 T3 rotors as well. They seem to be working fine and I love that they are easy to adjust the arc without the tool like a PGP.

    I have always used Rainbird DVFs for valves and PGPs for rotors, but my supplier asked me to just give Weathermatic a try. Seeing my supplier has been good to me I agreed to try them. T3's are about 15% cheaper than PGPs and Silver bullets 40% cheaper than DVFs. Seeing things are much more expensive here than over there it is a pretty big difference in price, but I don't want to regret it if they start to fail early on.
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,632

    well-designed valve, with epic solenoid failures

    Not for really high static pressures, as water hammer can actually bend the cover enough to burp water
  3. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,246

    Don't do it. If you do check date codes, you may be getting old crap.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    True, if you've got a valve that has this white wire solenoid, you're home free.

  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,246

    What about T-3 rotors?
    I haven't seen them in years and hated them when I did.
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,632

    square solenoid aside, what major issues have the Silver Bullet valves?
  7. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,107

    I've seen the bottom of the body crack requiring replacement of the whole valve.
    Replaced more than I'd like to think about.
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,632

    They crack at the threads? I haven't seen that yet.
  9. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,246

    I replaced a bank of four a couple years ago. Two had stress cracks on the bottom and one was leaking. The cracks weren't even close to the threads and no idea what caused them. I don't see them too often and gave me enough of a reason to stay away.The system has pretty high pressure but I have several others in the area with no problems.
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,632

    Body cracks are a deal-killer for me, but I think I've seen none of them running with more than 90 psi static pressure

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