Which is better hunter or rain bird

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by shawnlawn, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. shawnlawn

    shawnlawn LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 18

    I'm just going to start in the irrigation area. I'm expanding into it hopfully it will work out. Doing my first bid on friday.:dizzy:
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 22,133

    Ho boy...Welcome to the jungle...learn, learn,learn. There is NO BETTER!
    Experience will teach you what's best for your application & market.
    However, should I spec a system (perish the thought) these days, I'd use:
    Hunter I-20 ultra 6" stainless pop-ups for medium to large turf.
    Rain-Bird 1812SAM 6" pop-ups w/ either Weather-Matic brass nozzles or
    MP Rotators depending on your measurements of psi/gpm. Rain-Bird 1812SAM
    hi-pops for plantings w/same choice of nozzles. Valves Weather-Matic .
    Controller Irritrol "Total Control" for small systems...Rain Master for rest.
  3. On a standard residential install we use Hunter I-20 ultras, Rain Bird 1800 series prs/sam sprayheads, Hunter 101g control valves, Hunter Pro-c controller and Rain Bird spray nozzles.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 22,133

    No one should use 4" pops for turf, Toro, are you listening "Stream-Rotors"?
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 48,293

    You'll have to pry my 1804s from my cold dead hands! :p

    (I still remember when a brass popup body with a 2-inch popup was called a high-pop)
  6. Sure you can use 4" pop-ups on Bermuda, centipede, Saint Augustine or any other low growing grass.
  7. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,427

    i agree absolutely
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 22,133

    Boy howdy..I sure got the rip from the east coast boys.....I forgot about your
  9. Ha Ha...

    I love statements like that...NOONE SHOULD.......I hardly even see the rest after I see such an inflammatory statement.

    That being said

    Rainbird vs Hunter is Ford vs Chevy all over again.....

    If you are still trying to figure out which product line you are going to use RIGHT before your first bid...I wish you luck ;)
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 22,133

    Easy does it big fella...the forums are for personal job-related opinions.
    I have the right to express my opinions since I've only installed 150 systems.

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