Brand names used for irrigation??

Just kind of curious to see what kind of brand names are used in irrigation installs by the pro's who use this site.
Valve's? brand and size (3/4" 1" ect..)
Brand of fixed spray heads and nozzles?
Impacts or rotors? Why?
Timers ? (indoor or out door)
Do you pull pipes or bury pipes?

From talking from my parts person today, I got curious just to see how other people do installations in other parts of the country.

John
 

Island Lawn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Golf Coast, SC
Well I'm interested in knowing the brand names so I can do some research.
All I do is the occasional repair/improvement. For that, I just use Home Cheapo.
They sell Toro and Rainbird.

I see alot of Hunter and Nelson component/systems in the field.
 

Keith

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Central Florida
Irritrol valves- generally 1" and 1 1/4"
Rainbird 1800 series sprays (most of the time)
Mostly rotors, mixed Hunter, Nelson, K Rain
Use Rainbird ESP series controllers mostly
 

Avery

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Kitty Hawk, NC
90% of jobs we use Irritrol 1" valves, ESP clocks, Hunter I-20 heads, and Rain Bird pop ups for beds. We bury pipe. We do not install drip.
 

GilbertJT

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
I have used mostly Nelson products this includes heads, valves and controllers. I have had great luck with them, especially the latest version of gear drive heads. They have a good warranty and I have them in my own yard so I may be a little biased. I have some experience with Hunters, Rainbirds and Toro. I feel that the Nelson is the simplest to operate and easiest to teach a customer to adjust themself.:blob3:
 

EarthWorks

LawnSite Member
Location
Arkansas
Hunter rotors, Using Rainbird 5004 on a job now. Seem to be pretty good. Rainbird pop ups. Rainbird valves and esp controllers. Hunter rain sensor. I despise nelson because I always have to clean up after the only person that installs them here. The Nelson controller sucks. What is up with having to pull the top off a head to adjust it?
 

GilbertJT

LawnSite Member
Location
Michigan
I would much rather teach a customer how to pop off the top of a head to adjust it one time than have to stop out and show them how to adjust a Hunter five times after I have a job done. I guess for me it makes economic sense. Plus Nelson has one of the best warranties on the market even better than Toro's seven year pro-rated warranty. Once again economic sense. :D
 

Keith

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Central Florida
I was a big fan of Nelson stuff for a long time. The simplicity of adjusting the rotors was one reason why. Lately I have noticed I have more Nelson failures than anything. I also installed a lot of their controllers, and I have had to replace alot of them :mad: The outdoor boxes have a real problem with moisture and the indoor one have problem with heat. Its a hard sell on a new controller when the one you installed last just goes bad after the warranty is over. This makes ya look bad for choosing an inferior product. I have installed more than one replacement without making a dime, just to keep the customer happy.
 

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