Rain Bird ESP-SMT Smart Controller

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JimLewis, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Jim are you still a big fan of these controllers? I bought one 2 + years ago and I have finally got around to landscaping my own place and just installed it. After skipping around this thread and spending way to much time looking up info to program the **** thing I am questioning my decision.
  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,326

    Luckily you can just switch out the faceplate with a regular ESP one.
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    Managing irrigation correctly is not a simple task, however the SMT makes it simpler. Collect your data and RTFM.

    Messages: 18,668

    I'd put in a RB ESP-SMT before a WM SL even thought the RB takes a little more time to understand and explain to customers. The RB ESP SMT performed pretty well in the TAMU testing of smart controllers.

    If and that is a big IF I ever mess with weather based controllers again I will only do it if they are internet based for programming.
  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    We install about one a week, and they are a PITA. It is a guarantee that every home owner will blow my phone up asking questions about it. I started making it clear that it is a great controller, BUT you have to be tech savvy to figure it out and willing to baby it for the first few months to get it set right.
  6. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,182

    We have installed 10-15 in the last two years and have had 0 issues.
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  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,156

    I don't get what is so hard about it? The thing practially sets itself up if you run through the station setup wizzard. I've got close to 50 of them installed on commercial sites and I've had zero issues. Hell, I've even got one in my house in AZ which I visit 4 or 5 times a year and it is working great out there!!
  8. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    Yes, they are a breeze for you and I since we do it for a living. A lot of times the average customer messes up a Pro-c or a ESP, even after you walk them through how to use/adjust it. ESP-SMT without argument more complex, and needs to be adjusted 5-10% here and there over a month or so. It is during this time that the H/O usually messes up the settings. THANK GOD for the contractor default!
  9. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    That's what I wanted to hear that someone in Az was using them and being successful. I was going straight to the advanced user and checking websites for humidity and wind speeds to enter. I don't mind the tweaking if its going to work in the end.
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    Az, doesn't matter where the controller is located. Its ability to predict landscape water requirements is only as good as the person programming it and the accuracy of the data you feed it.

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