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hunter srv valve

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by rainsofthouston, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. rainsofthouston

    rainsofthouston LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Has anyone had any tough luck installing Hunter SRV valve? I've been using them, but a friend and competitor of mine warned me against using them and swears by Rainbird valves only. But with a $6 price difference per unit, it seems harder to stay competitive and still make a profit.
  2. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Terrible valve. SRV stands for sh-tty residential valve. You get what you pay for. Buy DV's with flow controls. Hunter makes some good products but they have a low end line that only Orbit would be proud of.
  3. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Tell us how you really feel

    When I was at the Hunter Campus 6 years ago...they said the only difference between the SRV and the PGV was the material they used to mold the valves....that may or may not be true still...

    I use the PGV and have had very few problems .... I used to use the SRV and had some problems with it.....it isn't complete and total sh*t if you ask me...but it isn't a DV valve..

    If the difference between you making a profit and not making a profit is the $6 you would spend extra on valves......you have bigger problems.

    Even if the job used 25 valves and the difference in price was $10 per valve.....you should still be competitive with the additional $250 yes?
  4. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I agree with you Tony. That's how I feel. I've never understood the difficulty in selling good products. Once your selling is about price you are on a slow spiral to being out of business.
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    After doing primarily repairs and service since 1995, the Rainbird DV is easily the most reliable valve I have seen. It is the most installed valve in our area, and the one I work on the least. Main problem would be weeping, but it is usually caused by something damaging the diaphragm. Very rarely do I find a bad solenoid. If a client calls up saying they have a stuck valve, I know it's gotta be something other than a DV.
  6. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I use the PGV valves and have never had problems with them. Does that mean that I could go down to an SRV and have the same luck? I'd rather not try.

    I also use DV valves, but in the early days before I knew diddly squat about irrigation I installed CP valves in my own irrigation system. Hey, I was learning, and that's what the Rainbird homeowner service suggested. But knowing better now, I would never substitute a CP for a DV valve... and probably never an SRV for a PGV.
  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I know I can get on a irritrol tangent sometimes (love their clocks and rotors), but the 2400's have got to be some of the most reliable lower end resi valves ever produced that are still in production. I'll take a 2400 over a DV or any Hunter 1" any day. Need to upgrade? The 204/205 series valves are the best, IMHO, at dirty water apps and higher pressure installs. BTW, I do like the DV, but if your in a very high pressure area, the DV's do have problems too.

    oh, and yes Haze, the Century series are even better, but your not going to sell that price point to resi customers.
  8. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    You can put a PGV top and diaphragm on a SRV bottom...
  9. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I will agree with you on both the 2400 and of course the irrigation work horse the 205. The early 2400 as well as the early DV had their problems but are now as reliable as you can get. I prefer the DV because it shuts off at very low flow rates. I've had 205's that continued to stay open at flow rates of less than 1 gpm. I can't bring myself to trust a jar top completely.
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    The Century Plus valves (at close to $90 for a 2" valve) are definately commercial grade. Resi valves wouldn't last in our applications. :)

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