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RPZ's Watts vs. Wilkins

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Green Sweep, May 5, 2006.

  1. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Messages: 322

    We have always installed Watts RPZ backflow preventers - usually 3/4" for residentials. While talking to my supplier, I learned that a Wilkins RPZ of the same size is substantially cheaper - $40 cheaper to be exact. I just wanted to get some input on why that is. I've had very few problems with the Watts that we put in & would be willing to try Wilkins provided that they are not prone to problems.

    Thanks,
    Rob
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,592

    Wilkins seems to make decent stuff. They have a durable PVB (brass bonnet) and the RPZ seems to be okay. They probably are still using the same casting for both 3/4 and 1 inch RPZs. Their RPZ will need the same sort of disassembly that a Febco 825Y needs, come fall.
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,221

    I don't like the Wilkins or Watts because I can't find any damn repair parts for it around here. At least for the RPs. Right now I need a relief valve for a Watts 1" 009 RP. No suppliers here or one in Denver carry it. Has to be ordered.
     
  4. Rainmaker

    Rainmaker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have installed over 900 wilkins RP's in the last 4 years and only rebuilt 5 of them I switched from febco and watts before that I am 100% wilkins now and my brother in law is the febco rep in this area as much as I would like to give him the buisness I stick with the most reliable parts
     
  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,445

    i prefer to install wilkins

    have also used febco conbraco and watts


    while testing the alot of the new wilkins 975's ive seen alot of the #2 checks failing due to
    weak springs
     

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