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Most Reliable Rotor - Ever - gets a tuneup

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Wet_Boots, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,527

    At over 35 years of service, this Safe-T-Lawn ball-drive rotor head was a leaker, but unlike a PGP, a leaker that can be fixed.


    Held together by stainless steel screws, disassembly is routine. Note the restriction where the water enters the head, which acts as a sort of surge protector.


    Here's the STL 'keyhole' nozzle, to which today's Rain Curtain nozzles owe their existence.


    Because the head had become covered in dirt and mulch, it was only necessary to clean out any dirt and grit from inside the head, and reinstall it at the proper grade. Back in business.

  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    long live the 2" rotor. :rolleyes:
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690

    I like all the metal. Nice work.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,527

    In the days of hand-dug trenches and no funny-pipe swing joints, a rotor in a 4-inch high package was very much appreciated. Many of their competitors didn't even pop up as high as an inch.
  5. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,945

    That's Awesome!

    I don't believe I have come across that kind of rotor.
    I give you props for taking the time to repair an old head rather then most of us just replacing it.
  6. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    VERY curious..... what was your cost analysis between the above repair and a new replacement? Of course, if this was done for a paying customer.
  7. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,081

    Yes, yes. With typical turf growth by Tuesday the spray pattern took on a whole new look.

    Messages: 18,668

    Boots you need to learn to let go. Clickity Clack addictions are a sad thing.
  9. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Ahhh, that brings back memories!
    The rotor that I really miss is the old "Rain-Pro" rotor, those suckers had great coverage!

    Messages: 18,668

    You are as old as me then. Are you a fan of the stream rotor? (I am) We have some serious arguments over this one.

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