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Problem- Rain Bird Controller

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by fishinman22487, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. fishinman22487

    fishinman22487 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Ok, I have an account with a Rain Bird irrigation system. The controller is an RC-4Bi, the big grey box one.
    I have found that the past few days I have been working at this guys house the controller has been in 'rest' mode and the clock seems to not move??
    But when I manually move the dial to the 1st,2nd, 3rd and 4th zone the clock works fine.
    One idea I had was to reset the days and hours the system will come on.
    Think this might solve the problem?!?!?
    Any ides :dizzy:
  2. P.I.L.C.

    P.I.L.C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Take the four screws out of the corners of the timer. Unplug the control panel from the box itself. If you have a supplier that sell rainbird close by, take the control panel in and have them put in a new shaft. It is a plastic shaft that the clock turns on. It probable got turned the wrong way and stripped the shaft. It would still work in the manual mode. Give that a try. Hope that helps. Good Luck.
  3. fishinman22487

    fishinman22487 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Thanks P.I.L.C

    I might possibly give that a try. I went to the customers house today and when I opened the box I noticed that the clock was moving a lil faster in 'Rest' mode than the days b4. I think it just has been ran in awhile. Not sure?!?!
    Tommorow I'm gonna ask some ?s at a plant nursery I work at, so will see. :)
  4. Luke in Nebraska

    Luke in Nebraska LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    You need a new timing motor. It,s the motor with the short shaft. The other motor in the controller is the rapid advance motor,and it has a longer shaft. All you need to do is replace it.
  5. fishinman22487

    fishinman22487 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Yep, took the controller to my Rain Bird dealer yesterday and they said it was prob. the timing motor or even a stripped gear in the motor. A new motor runs about $40-. So looks like I will be buying a new motor.
  6. turf2be

    turf2be LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    i would just update the system and install a new digital controller..for a couple hundred bucks the home owner would have a more efficient system with more room for other updates, ie rain sensor, wind sensor, temp sensor etc.

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