Is that it with Buckner?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mike Leary, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looking at replacing solenoids & diaphragms on 1" plastic/w flow control.
    Any after market folk out there?
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,754

    Why aftermarket? Buckner is still alive, more or less.
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    They're owned by Storm now, I think.

    We still have some old Buckner brass valves in the ground (actually sidewalks) at a couple of older schools. They make a solenoid for them and there's even a "universal" solenoid on the market.
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The plastic 1" are called the VP series and sold at Ewing along with 1.5" and 2" (under their Landscape Products banner I think).

    I went to get diaphragms for a couple last year and found they weren't available.... but the valve itself is still cheap, under $15.

    As it turned out, it was a waste of time becauswe the valve or diaphragm had been slightly redesigned to the point where replacing diaphragm and bonnet didn't do the trick... I ripped out the two old valves and put in Superior 450 instead.

    If I was putting in a new 1" plastic valve, and budget was a big issue, I'd go with a Superior or the Irrigation Direct 1" valve for under $10. If those aren't available to you I'd probably go with a DVF.

    Buckner and Superior have the same parent company (Storm), but I've always had better results with Superior valves.

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