Brand names used for irrigation??

Discussion in 'Professional Discussions' started by gusbuster, Oct 20, 2000.

  1. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,964

    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.

  2. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    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.
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    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
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    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.
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,964

    Pretty much, whatever the local irrigation supply house pushes is used. For Example:
    Fixed sprays

    All the above mentioned names are big irrigation houses located through out the western states

  6. GilbertJT

    GilbertJT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    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:
  7. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Hunter rotors and pop up, ESP clock, irritrol 1" valves, netafim low volume

    Jim L
  8. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    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?
  9. GilbertJT

    GilbertJT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    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
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    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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