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saddle tee's? where to find?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Edgemaster, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Edgemaster

    Edgemaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    We're gonna try pulling pipe instead of trenching and see how it goes. I've been looking for a supplier of saddle tee's but haveing trouble. Whats the best style? I've seen the kind that pierce the pipe for you and have heard about the ones that you glue on and drill the hole. I plan on trying pvc to start so i need some that will work with pvc, not poly. Thanks
  2. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    I've used saddle tees a couple of times on 3" and 4" PVC but we didn't pull the pipe in. :)

    One has lasted over twelve years now without any problems. However, when we glued it on we also bound it with a couple of 5" diameter hose clamps just to be on the safe side until things set up properly. :laugh:
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,602

    Check out these saddles - not for sch 40 pipe, as far as I know.
  5. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I get mine from my supplier, JDL. The other local supplier here also carries them so I would think that any irrigation supply house would have them.

  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Gotta remember that supply houses (even large nation-wide suppliers that may show an item in their national catalog) will cut back on those items that don't sell well in a particular area. No sense using precious stocking space for an item that doesn't go out the door that often. For example, if trenching is prevalent in an area the supply of poly and their fittings for pulling pipe may not be as readily available.

    Our local Ewing used to not carry the Hunter WVC controllers because apparently nobody in the area was using them. According to them we were the first to start asking for them although they did stock the SVC. When we first started switching to their use our local Ewing store would get them from another store or distribution center within a couple of days. Now they keep some of them on hand for us because we order them on a semi-regular basis.
  7. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    That is a good point because my JDL stocks spears but in another thread it is said he can only get Lasco from JDL. Plus I have to request saddles they aren't normally stocked.
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Just use regular tee's and slide the pulled pipe. I've installed thousands this way.
  9. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    true but saddle tees means less digging and no sliding = faster install.
  10. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Has anyone used Spears clamp-on saddles?


    I've never gone the route of using saddles at all in my work, and I've especially been apprehensive of the glue-on types holding up under pressure. The Spears call for 8 or 10 pounds of torque when tightening, but I wonder how many people are actually using a torque wrench to do this?

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