armada pro-800 issues

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,119

    i got a new armada pro-800 this year and after what, a couple of months i have run into a few issues that i have talked to the company about.

    the other day, a week after a 1 hour use the battery was dead, charged it and it was dead off the charger. they are sending a new battery and charger to replace the problem.

    i live about 100 mile turnaround from a batteries plus so bruce asked me to have the rig tested when i was able to get by bp.

    i would suggest that if you are having issues with the batteries, have them tested before calling armada, it always helps to know exactly what is going on when you call.

    enough said
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,832

    So after buying two of them we are going to return mine and keep the other

    Mine was great for about 2 months.

    Basically mine doesn't work in the regular locate mode ( only in broadcast) . In the regular mode it states I have a low battery ( Even though I don't and after switching to a new battery it still says the same thing) and doesn't work. Switching to broadcast mode it works fine... but the broadcast mode for 1- I have a hard time working with even after trying jim's tips and 2 it seems to attach to any nearby wire. Maybe jim can help out? In anycase I don't want to use the wireless mode everytime.

    So far my experience with them compared to the 521

    *Locates metal, copper and galvi pipes better
    *Locates deeper wires with more accuracy
    *locates extremely well for for irrigation wire

    Although the 800 claims it filters out other frequencies.. All I hear is ' crackle crackle crackle crackle. With the 521 it gets very fuzzy but you can still follow the wire.
    Additionally. I'm having trouble understanding the 'volume' knob on the wand and how it plays a part in its ability to locate the wire accurately. Basically having the 'volume' down very low will get you you an extremely low reading ( Needle movement) and the opposite for fully turned up.. Which this is not the case for the 521

    *Easier to find valves
    *Dead on accuracy for irrigation wire with a good ground
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,159

    Jim and Mitch - just out of curiosity, how many days a month do you use a device like this? We used our 521 three times this year, which is a lot for us. I was considering getting another locator, but it would sit and collect dust just like the others.
  4. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,832

    Not so much during winterizing. Maybe once every 2 weeks. But any other time proly 1 to 3 times a week
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  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 25,812

    Im about once a week. A lot for add ons rebuilds to track wire and main as we always pull them together at the same time.

    Hitting the main is not a big deal , its the wire Im trying to avoid.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,482

    Once I let the septic guys know we had a 521, plenty of work came our way.
  7. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    I think the importance of a 521 is regonal. I would never send a tech to a repair with out one where I am. Reason being, we locate our valves in the middle of each zone. After a few months grass grows over the valves and they are impossible to find without the 521.

    I could see where manifolds are used the 521 is less of a usefull tool.
  8. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    I agree with the above. Mostly manifolded systems and I used the 521 four times over the summer. So it's not one of my daily tools.

    Messages: 18,668

    Ditto and since every red blooded Texan did it the same way the 521 for a service guy was like a Colt 45 for a cowboy in the old west.

    Have 521 Will Travel
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,119

    i have had a few issues myself but i have handled them myself and communicated with armada, the battery was the only thing i have not been able to work around. i look at locators the way i look at cars, trucks and tractors, the first run has bugs in it, the second and third runs usually have those bugs ironed out. :)

    a bunch dana, a lot more than a guy would think. if i look at a site for excavation i do a sweep, i re-locate USA and pre-locate private prior to excavation and keep track of my position while digging.

    i am doing some private work for a farmer/rancher on properties developed in the early 1900's. that will take 2-3 weeks of 8-10 hour days.

    i also received a call from a company that broke an 18" mainline last week (6k of damage) and will look at the site after thanksgiving.

    i guess as a rule i use some sort of locator almost daily. :)

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