Any tools to keep rotary body from spinning while replacing guts?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by WalkGood, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does anyone use any specific tools to keep a rotary head body from spinning while trying to remove the guts, and without having to dig around the body too much?

    Sometimes I jam a hand trowel down and against the body, but I'm affraid of cracking the housing.

    Any tips out there?
  2. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Large channel locks.....2 to hold body one to spin guts....
  3. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    Yeah I do that too, but sometimes the heads are kinda too low (not my install) and some digging must occur. We're trying to do 2 things: get it done quicker (less digging = faster) and have no digging (looks nicer to finicky customers).

    Related rant: so many times I find the head not screwed on tight enough and they leak a bunch of water. Probably from unscrewing the body while trying to re-adjust the spray instead of unscrewing the guts and realigning.
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kind of hard to unscrew the top of a sprinkler unless it's exposed at least a little below the threaded part. I've seen guys try and do it without digging and they're prone to get dirt/grass on the threads which leads to either too loose a fit or cross-threading accompanied by leakage. I dig up just below the cap and use special curved teeth Channel Locks; small pair for sprays, medium pair for medium rotors and large pair for field rotors.
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    On old Toro rotors, a regular screwdriver could be jammed against the body just so, and catch against one of the four projections molded into the body. Takes practice, and isn't a sure thing.
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Of course, if you used heads like these, you wouldn't ask those questions

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